Leading up to the Nebraska high school football season, NEPrepZone.com will be looking at the top teams in each class, based on last year’s rankings. This week, Class C-2 will be in the spotlight with a new post each day. Let us know in the comments how you think each team will finish, as well as players you’ll be watching.
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No. 4 KEARNEY CATHOLIC
NOTE: The Stars move to Class C-1 this season and will play in District 9 after finishing 11-2 last season with a loss in the C-2 championship game.
COACH: Dave Colling, fourth year
RETURNING STARTERS: Abe Clinch, senior, QB; David Squires, senior, OL/DL; John Blake, senior, OL/DL; Austin Lowery, senior, OL/DL; Alex Lowe, senior, TE/LB; Brian Husmann, senior, WR/DB; Connor Streit, senior, WR/LB; Thomas Connely, junior, WR/LB; Alex Liess, senior, WR/DE
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Clinch and Squires. Clinch returns to orchestrate a spread offense in which he threw for more than 1,200 yards last season, while David Squires will make sure his quarterback is well-protected.
KEY NEWCOMERS: Blake Holmeier and Breck Groskreutz look to add athleticism in the defensive secondary.
ON OFFENSE: The only hole appears to be at running back. Kearney Catholic returns three linemen and a solid passing attack.
ON DEFENSE: The Stars’ front seven will be fierce as the entire line and three linebackers return.
GAME TO WATCH: Oct. 18 at Gothenburg
DISTRICT OPPONENTS: Minden, Chase County, Cozad, Gothenburg
COACH’S QUOTE: “Adjusting to a new schedule of opponents should be challenging. Our players expect to be competitive at the C-1 level.”
Aug. 31, at Ord
Sept. 7, St. Paul
Sept. 14, Ogallala
Sept. 21, at Central City
Sept. 28, Minden
Oct. 5, at Cozad
Oct. 12, Chase County
Oct. 19, at Gothenburg
— Vinny Benedetto
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