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-1 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. 10 BOONE CENTRAL/NEWMAN GROVE
NOTE: Boone Central combines with Newman Grove and will play in Class C-1, District 5 this season.
COACH: Arnold Johnson, 24th season
RETURNING STARTERS: Derek Gentrup, BC junior, DB; Tanner Mazour, BC senior, QB; Jesse Zwiener, BC senior, OL; Tyler Hedlund, BC junior, LB; Blake Slizoski, BC senior, RB/DB; Beau Bremer, BC senior, OL/DE; Hallick Lehmann, BC senior, DL; Hunter Henry, BC senior, P; Matt Finkral, NG senior, LB; Alex Wiese, NG junior, OL; Brock Donelson, NG senior, DL; Jason Kaufman, NG senior, OL/DL
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mazour. The quarterback has thrown for over 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons. He was an all-district selection a year ago, when he rushed for 409 yards and threw for 1,250.
COACH’S QUOTE: “We feel we have less holes to fill this year. We have players offensively that will be able to make plays in our running and passing game.”
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No. 9 COLUMBUS LAKEVIEW
Preview information was unavailable to The World-Herald, to see the article on the team’s loss in the Class C-1 state playoffs last season, click here
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No. 8 DAVID CITY
COACH: Amp Ferg, first year
RETURNING STARTERS: Tyler Schmid, senior, O/DL; Pete Danielson, senior, WR/DB; Wyatt Kastl, junior, FB/LB; Austin Havlena, senior, RB/DB; Brody Hoeft, junior, O/DL; Kurt Veskrna, senior, RB/DE; Mitch Sander, junior, RB/LB
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kastl. After starting at middle linebacker and fullback as a sophomore, the junior will lead the Scouts this year alongside seniors Havlena and Veskrna.
COACH’S QUOTE: “We just know that if we play hard, good things will eventually come.”
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No. 7 VALENTINE
COACH: Craig Schmeckpeper, fourth year
RETURNING STARTERS: Jessi Owen, senior, QB; Dillon Eklund, senior, RB/DB; Kolton Brown, senior, WR/DB; Trent Osres, senior, FB/LB; Donald McCleary, senior, OL/LB; Cory Assarsson, senior, OL/DL; Matt Kluender, senior, OL/DL; Marcus Nelson, senior, WR/LB
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Eklund, who had four interceptions last season, and Brown, with 400 career rushing yards on his record, will lead the Badgers this year.
COACH’S QUOTE: “We’ve got some holes to fill and the kids to fill them, we just need to stay healthy and stay focused.”
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No. 6 PLATTEVIEW
Preview information was unavailable to The World-Herald. Platteview has moved to Class B this season and will play in District 2. To read the article on their loss in the state championship last season, click here.
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