Published Sunday, July 21, 2013 AT 9:00 AM / Updated at 6:09 PM
Prep Football Countdown: Eight Man-2 No. 3 Falls City Sacred Heart
Nebraska Prep Zone Omaha World-Herald

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
District D2-1

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

KEY DEPARTURES
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.

ON OFFENSE
Replacing a star running back and solid quarterback will be tough, but the Irish will still have a formidable rushing attack.

ON DEFENSE
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

DISTRICT OPPONENTS
Deshler, Diller-Odell, Lewiston, Meridian, Sterling

COACH’S QUOTE
“We’ll have to have some kids step up in the line. We return good skill people. We should have good team speed.” — Goltz

SCHEDULE
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

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