Leading up to the Nebraska high school football season, NEPrepZone.com will be looking at the top teams in each class, based on last season’s final rankings. First up, Eight Man-2 is 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 the players you’ll be watching.
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NO. 3 FALLS CITY SACRED HEART
Coach: Doug Goltz
Last season: The Irish lost to Humphrey St. Francis 38-13 in the state semifinals to finish the season 11-1.
TOP RETURNING STARTERS
Offense: OL Jarod Fiegener (Sr.), FB Brandon Schawang (Sr.), K Yianni Haralabidis (Sr.)
Defense: DE Fiegener, LB Schawang
Lane Barnhill, RB: Barnhill rushed for 1,517 in his senior season after missing most of 2011 with an injury.
Lane Scheitel, QB: Scheitel’s 1,044 yards made Sacred Heart one of six teams in all classes to have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
KEY RETURNING PLAYERS
Fiegener: The three-year starter had 123 tackles from his defensive end position and will be a force on the offensive side, as well.
Schawang: The linebacker had 166 tackles last season, 18 of them for a loss, and helped the Irish have one of the best rushing attacks in Eight Man-2 from his fullback position.
Replacing a star running back and solid quarterback will be tough, but the Irish will still have a formidable rushing attack.
Fiegener and Schawang give Sacred Heart solid tacklers on a defense that returns half of its starters. The Irish allowed more than 20 points just twice last season, in a 64-28 regular-season win against Sterling and in their playoff loss.
GAME TO WATCH
Sterling, Oct. 11
Deshler, Diller-Odell, Lewiston, Meridian, Sterling
“We’ll have to have some kids step up in the line. We return good skill people. We should have good team speed.” — Goltz
Sept. 6, Pawnee City
Sept. 12, St. Joseph Christian (Mo.)
Sept. 20, at Axtell (Kan.)
Sept. 27, Diller-Odell
Oct. 4, at Meridian
Oct. 11, Sterling
Oct. 18, at Lewiston
Oct. 24, at Deshler