We spotlight our 9th player to be inducted into the Eight Man Coaches Football Association Hall of Fame, Mr. Clint Eikmeier of Dodge High School. More on Clint below his bio.
CLINT EIKMEIER – DODGE HIGH SCHOOL
In high school, Clint played quarterback and linebacker while leading his team to 3 state titles in 4 years as part of the Dodge Football Dynasty of the 1990’s. From 1996 to 1999 he compiled Pirate records for most tackles in a game, season, and career. During that span, he was named 1st Team All-Cornhusker Conference 3 times, 1st Team All-State twice, and was selected to play in the 2000 Eight-Man All Star Game. After high school, Clint was also a standout athlete at the collegiate level. In college, he played linebacker at Midland University where he is the school’s all-time leader in tackles in a game with 26 total and in a career with 387 stops. Clint was selected All-Conference and All-American on 2 occasions, as well as being named the Outstanding Male Athlete for the Tigers in 2003. He is considered by many as one of the best defenders in both Dodge High School and Midland University’s history. The NEMFCA is honored to welcome him into the Eight Man Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
You know that Clint Eikmeier had to be a student of the game, a pure football player if you will, to clinch a spot in the NEMFCA Hall of Fame.
You see, Clint didn’t have the flashy offensive statistics like a Cory Eikmeier or a Tyler Paulsen, but Mr. Eikmeier believed defense wins games and his career tackle stats prove it.
The first three names to appear on the 1999 Class D-1 All-State Defense were Mitch Manstedt of Clarks (6-3, 270), Steve Kriewald from North Loup/Scotia and Clint Eikmeier-Dodge (6-1, 195). That bunch had to have over a thousand career crunches between the three of them and proved what kind of company Mr. Eikmeier was worthy of keeping.
Don’t get wrong here, Clint Eikmeier could play offense too. As a senior in 1999, he directed the Pirates potent offense as a quarterback, rushing for 355 yards and throwing for another 749 big ones. You also have to remember though, that Dodge had the great Tyler Paulsen at RB, who rambled for 2,285 yards that season too.
Eikmeier was money on offense in that 1999 D-1 championship win (34-32) over Butte. He ran for a 25 yard score, then connected with Zach Parr for a 29 yard scoring strike with 2:37 left in the third, giving his team the 34-26 cushion they needed to win the game. Clint also had 12 tackles in the contest. Of course he did.
Even as a sophomore, Eikmeier logged 151 tackles and a goal line stop of Casey Hughes by he and Nick Hunke in the 4th quarter, may have prevented a North Loup/Scotia win in regulation. As it turned out of course, Dodge won it 28-26 in double overtime.
After watching Clint Eikmeier play his senior season in Lincoln, I would have to say the guy was right up there in the Billy Legate/Steve Kriewald class for headhunting tackles and pure tackling technique and that certainly showed at the next level when he starred or Midland in Fremont.