Published Monday, November 19, 2012 AT 3:31 PM / Updated at 7:34 PM
State football finals notes, Eight Man-2
Stu Pospisil Omaha World-Herald

Father-son doubles

Giltner has five players whose fathers were on the 1984 team that had been the school’s first to win a state football playoff title.

They are Jake Findley and his father, Randy; Dillon Gartner and Randy; Trevor Cates and Rex; Cole Eastman and John; and Nick Preissler and David.

Randy Findley was the quarterback for the 13-0 Hornets when they beat Greeley 34-22 in the 1984 title game. Rex Cates and Randy Gartner each had red-zone takeaways.

Scary last pass

Jake Findley’s last pass of his high school career almost ended up in the wrong hands. Had Chad Haiar held on for Humphrey St. Francis late in the fourth quarter, it would have been Findley’s first interception of the season.

Findley said he wasn’t feeling pressure to remain interception-free.

“I was just trying to do it for my team. I wasn’t trying to do it for myself,’’ he said. “I didn’t want to cause my team any problems. My job was to keep the ball in our hands. That was my goal for this year. I wasn’t too concerned about keeping my interceptions at zero.”

Findley’s 67 touchdowns and 3,904 yards this season are eight-man state records. So are his 1,688 yards and 28 touchdowns in five playoff games.

Special senior class

Giltner’s championship is the first for coach Jeff Ashby, but he said it was for the kids and especially this senior class.

“They only get four chances in a  high school career to get this done,” Ashby said. “What a great senior class. They got a state runner-up in football and now they have a state championship in football  and they have two state championships in basketball.”

About Stu Pospisil

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring. You can follow Stu on Twitter (@StuOWH) or email him at