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. Eight Man-1 takes the stage this week, 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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EIGHT MAN-1 NO. 2 EXETER-MILLIGAN
Coach: Dean Filipi, 30th season
Last season: Lost 40-14 in the state championship to Elgin/Pope John
QB/LB Nolan White (Sr.), OL/DL Garrett Pribyl (Sr.), OL/DL Nathan Oliva (Sr.), RB/LB Kyle Jensen (Jr.), RB/S James Sluka (Sr.), TE/LB Dustin Axline (Jr.), TE/DL Derek Luzum (Jr.)
Robbie Androyna, RB/LB: During the state semifinals last year, Androyna scored two touchdowns in a one-minute span. He ended the season with 426 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
KEY RETURNING PLAYER
Jensen: Jensen ended his sophomore season with 987 yards rushing, 17 touchdowns and 130 tackles.
The Timberwolves’ experienced offensive line should help Jensen put up another big rushing season.
Exeter-Milligan returns six players with significant varsity experience from a team that finished runner-up. But can the Timberwolves turn the experience into a championship?
GAME TO WATCH
Freeman, Oct. 11
Freeman, Nebraska City Lourdes, Friend, Johnson-Brock, Pawnee City
“We have some experience coming back and will count on them for leadership throughout the season.”
Sept. 6, Deshler
Sept. 13, Cross County
Sept. 20, at Shelby
Sept. 27, Johnson-Brock
Oct. 4, at Nebraska City Lourdes
Oct. 11, Freeman
Oct. 18, at Friend
Oct. 24, at Pawnee City
– Emily Gregor