We now salute our second of 18 individuals that will be inducted into the NEMFCA 2019 Eight Man Football Hall of Fame on June 15th.
*(More on Steve Kriewald below his bio)
STEVE KRIEWALD – NORTH LOUP-SCOTIA H.S.
In high school, Steve was a stand out ball carrier and defender who led the Wildcats to the playoffs in all 4 seasons of his career, including a Class D2 State Runner-Up finish in 1997. From 1996 to 1999, he set school records with 313 rushing yards in a game and 577 tackles in a career. While in high school, Steve was named 1st Team All-Conference 4 times and 1st Team All-State on 3 occasions. In 1999, he was selected to The All-Nebraska Team, The USA Today All-American Team, and named the Class D2 Player of the Year. He was then selected to play in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl and was also named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2000 Eight Man All-Star Game. Steve went on to a successful college football career as a fullback for The University of Nebraska. During his time in Lincoln, he was honored as a member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, selected 3 times as a Big 12 Academic All-American, and also received the prestigious “Cletus Fischer Native Son Award” in 2004. The NEMFCA is honored to welcome him into the Eight Man Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Most of us heard about Steve Kriewald, the Track star before we were aware of his crunching tackles and power dashes on the gridiron. Kriewald closed out his sophomore athletic year at North Loup-Scotia with a record setting Shotput toss of 59’4” at the State Track Meet in Omaha.
Before it was over, Steve won the All-Class Gold Medal in the Shot both his Junior and Senior seasons.
On the football field it wasn’t even a fair fight if you had the pigskin your hand and Mr. Kriewald was closing in for the kill. In his final 2 seasons alone at North Loup-Scotia, Steve logged 377 stops, 38 of which were tackles behind the scrimmage line.
Kriewald played fullback his junior and senior seasons at North Loup-Scotia for Troy Unzicker and rushed for 1,112 yards and 15 TDs during his final campaign for the Wildcats. The powerful FB also caught 11 passes that season, a stat that proved deadly in the coming years in red and white uniform.
Steve Kriewald was awarded a scholarship to play football at Nebraska right out of high school, an at the time, was believed to be only the 7th player in the past 35 years to accomplish that feat.
Steve played in 39 games during his first 3 seasons for the Huskers and earned a starting role at Fullback his senior year for the Big Red.
Oh, and about those pass receptions. During his senior season for the Huskers, Kriewald caught 5 passes….3 of those went for touchdowns when the big 5-10, 245 pound FB would casually sneak out of the backfield.
And who could forget Krie’s 48 yard power run in the 2004 Oklahoma game. Pure :4.4 speed right there, my friends.
*Steve Kriewald also earned these other honors while playing at Nebraska:
*2004 First Team Academic All-Big 12
*2004 Cletus Fisher Native Son Award Winner
*3-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team Member (2003, 2003, 2004)
*3-Time Second Team Academic All Big 12 (2001, 2002, 2003)
*Pre-Season #12 Fullback in the Nation (Sporting News)
*3-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2003)
*4-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll- (2001-2002, 2003, 2004).
……..I am also honored to be a member of the Eight Man Football Hall of Fame nominating committee and have the opportunity to work the legendary coaches who have made Nebraska the national center of 8-Man Football.
We are very proud of our 1st three Hall of Fame classes.