Columbus Scotus freshman quarterback Tyler Palmer (#18) surveys the situation against Pierce.
Week 3 Friday Night Lights football Heroes - Part 3
Part three of our Friday Night Hero salute is led by a freshman quarterback that plays for the defending Class C-1 state champions. Talk about pressure.
Must not be a big deal to this youngster the way he has performed the first 3 weeks of the season.
*Tyler Palmer-Columbus Scotus - 6-0, 165 pound freshman signal caller was pressed into action when the Shamrock's projected starter broke his hand on a defender's helmet on a passing attempt follow through in pre-season practice.
Friday night in a home clash with Pierce, Palmer's 3rd start, the cool and calm freshman had a hand in every one of Scotus' touchdowns in the Rock's 39-26 win over the Bluejays.
Palmer attempted only 9 passes but completed 7 of them for 209 yards. Tyler's first 3 passes all went for touchdowns.
Palmer hit returning All-State senior Evan Chohon with a 21 yard scoring strike, then found Zach Beierman for an 18 yard TD, and connected with All-State basketball player Dalton Taylor for a 39 yard touchdown.
Tyler blasted for another score from a yard away following a 72 yard pass to Tate VunCannon. Palmer then skirted in from the Pierce 10 for the 6th TD of the game.
I will tell you, this youngster is as poised as they come for a 9th grade varsity football player. Who would have ever imagined a freshman would be the field general for a Class C-1 powerhouse like Scotus?
Friends, I've seen this kid play........Tyler Palmer can get it done.
*Quentin Moles-Bloomfield - The 5-11, 170 pound runner would be your leading rusher in the 8-Man ranks, which is nothing new for Bloomfield, who cranks out RB's like Coca-Cola does products.
When the Bees stung a pretty dang good Randolph team 62-42 last Friday, Moles made shambles of the Cardinal defense with 332 yards on 33 carries and 6 touchdowns. He also made 8 tackles in the contest.
Quentin's 8-Man leading season rushing total stands at 744 yards after 3 outings.
*Omaha North backfield - Three backs ran for 100+ yards in the Vikings 52-0 thumping of Bellevue East. Zander "The Dancing Bear" Gray rushed for 118 yards on 14 carries while scoring 2 TDs (5, 3 yards). Milton Sargbah ran for 111 yards and 2 scores (29, 19 yards) while Jalen Foster chipped in 109 rushing yards.
Can anyone stop this Omaha North team?
*Tyler Chadwick-Omaha Burke - What do you for an encore after you throw for 394 yards and 4 touchdowns against a storied program like Creighton Prep?
If you are a sophomore like Chadwick, you may relax or perhaps follow up with a businesslike 14 of 21 for 198 yard night with almost as many TD passes (3). That is exactly what Tyler Chadwick did in the Bulldog's convincing 38-21 win over Norfolk last week.
Not only has the sophomore led Burke to a 3-0 slate, but his 704 yards are among the passing leaders in Class A. Coupled with the fact he is hitting 64% of his 56 throws for 704 TDs with only 2 picks, you have a very poised young man at the throttle.
Not the first time that's ever happened at Omaha Burke. The name Jimmie Forsythe ring a bell?
*AJ Huber-Creighton Prep - 10 of 14 passing for 194 yards and 4 TDs in a Thursday night 49-0 punching of Fremont. A rather routine night for Class A's leader in passing yards (800).
Remember, I just told you Tyler Chadwick threw for 394 yards against Creighton Prep. Well, in that 38-37 loss to the Bulldogs, Hubner topped that performance with a 20-36 for 411 yard night. AJ is hitting at a 58% clip with his aerials and has thrown for 9 TDs in three games.
Some pretty nice quarterbacks emerging in Class A after the pre-season report looked rather bleak. You knew it had to happen.
*Grant White-Neligh-Oakdale - Yet another Quarterback. This dude will end up with several records before his senior season comes to a conclusion in 2016.
In last week's 41-8 "W" over Clearwater-Orchard, White completed 10 of 13 tosses for 219 yards and 4 TDs.
Thus far in 2016, Grant White has thrown 48 passes and completed 41 of them. Not a misprint. He has 781 yards and 12 TDs with NO interceptions after three games. Now for the good stuff.
In White's career, the rifleman has completed 62% of his 629 passes for 5,871 yards, 78 touchdowns with only 12 INTs. That's 202.4 yards every single game.
Okay, so Nate Most's career passing yards record of 7,825 yards when he was playing for Giltner is out of reach, I think this dude is a heck of an 8-Man quarterback.
*Hoss Smith, Evan Reinert-Oakland-Craig - In a 38-22 win over unbeaten Crofton, Smith rushed 21 times for 107 yards and a TD and added 8 tackles. 352 ground yards in three games for ole' Hoss.
QB Evan Reinert completed 12 of 17 passes for 208 yards and 3 TDs. Two of Reinert's TD tosses went to junior Kobe Benne (11, 60 yards). Josh Dixon caught the other one (30 yards) while also making 12 tackles on defense.
Reinert has thrown for 437 yards this season with 6 TDs and no interceptions.
*Lane Edis-Mullen - Doggone it, some games you just do not get very many carries. It's called being nice to you opponent.
In Mullen's 64-6 win over Anselmo-Merna, Edis toted the pig only 8 times, but still managed 143 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 160 pound sophomore also made 12 tackles on defense, 11 of which were solo stops.
Lane now has 544 yards rushing, 9 TDs and 22 tackles going into this BYE week. Think he'll ever catch his Daddy's single season rushing record at Mullen? Wade's record of 2,728 in 1990 still stands.
Lane, I saw your Pop play in that 1990 D-1 Championship against Kenesaw. Dad ran over, around and through the Blue Devils in that 44-40 thriller. Knocked my socks off.
*Alex Horky-Twin River - Alex "I ain't no porky" Horky was at it again in the Wolves 62-8 thrashing of Stuart. Horky ran for 231 yards on 15 touches and 4 TDs in the game while making 5 stops on defense.
Alex now has 571 yards rushing (10 TDs) and an insane 54 tackles thus far in 2016.
*Coach Marty Hingst-Milford - Veteran coach notched his 250th career win when his forces pitched a 33-0 shutout over David City last Friday.
That's a ton of wins Coach Hingst. You are highly revered in the coaching ranks in Nebraska High School football and your named will be etched in stone as one of the best to ever coach the game in the Cornhusker state. Cheers!!!!!!
*Matt Masker-Kearney Catholic - Good lord Matt, take it easy on these Western teams paying a visit to play the Stars.
In a hard fought 28-21 win over a very physical Ogallala team, Masker hit on 22 of 35 passes for 290 yards and 3 TDs.
Thus far in 2016, the extremely talented 6-4, 215 pound junior leads the state in passing yards, completing 47 of 78 tosses for 815 yards, 9 TDs with only 2 INTS. That is 272 yards and game and nearly 18 yards a completion.
The Stars are 3-0 with a daunting trip to Garden Plain, Kansas staring them in the face Friday. That is north of Wichita, dudes. I hear that bunch has a QB that reminds folks of former Boone Central/NG dandy, Wyatt Mazour. Oh my.
*Brice Broz-Wilber-Clatonia - The 5-10, 175 pound senior must have figured it was time to get some targets against Elmwood-Murdock. After hauling in only one reception in the first two games, Broz caught 6 passes for 114 yards. Three went for scores covering 17, 43 and 16 yards in the 49-0 shellacking.
Broz also ran in for a 2 yards score in the route. 3 rushing touchdowns, 3 receiving TDs in three outings......not bad Brice.
*Caiden Groff-Elkhorn Mt. Michael - Groff ran for 150 yards on 20 carries, caught a 15 yard scoring pass and made 10 tackles in the Knights 14-6 win over Nebraska City.
*Payton Allen-Ainsworth - Despite a 48-18 loss at Hemingford, Allen still managed 157 yards on 16 carries, two touchdowns and 7 tackles for Ainsworth, playing 8-Man football for the first time this season.
Allen has run for 393 yards in 2016.
*Wyatt Hamer-Battle Creek - 219 yards on 17 totes with touchdown dashes of 27, 39, 2 and 2 yards in a 42-8 win on Central City's beautiful new artificial carpet. Hamer is, without a doubt, one of Class C-2's finest running backs.
Hamer's 496 yards in three games is good enough to lead Class C-2 after 3 games.
Who is the best Dual Threat in 11-Man football?
My choice would be Blair's Ethan Cox, who has 632 passing yards and 333 yards rushing. That equals 965 total yards folks. Good enough for me.
Best Dual Threat QB in 8-Man football:
Tougher call here. Jalen Wieseler of Wynot has 497 passing, 276 rushing for 773. Palmer's Kaden Reimers is not quite as diversified but still has 643 pass/129 rush for 772.
Omaha Christian's Mason Dinklage has 432 passing and 232 running for 664 total yards. Don't discount O'Neill St. Marys QB Josh Cuddy either. Cuddy has thrown for 298, run for 361 for a total yard figure of 659.
And......West Point Guardian Angels CC senior Nolan Plagge has accounted for 401 passing and 253 for a 654 total.
You might say Plagge's yards mean the most thus far, for the simple reason GACC is rated #1 in Class D-1.