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. Class C-2 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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CLASS C-2 NO. 4 FREMONT BERGAN
Coach: Seth Mruz, first season
Last season: Bergan finished the season 7-3 with a loss in the quarterfinals.
Returning starters: OL/DL Cole Conrad (Sr.), OL/DL Felipe Pinales (Jr.), OL Chase Oliver (Sr.), OL/DL Tyler Thomsen (Jr.), WR/LB Adam Dykman (Jr.), WR Logan Bovill (Jr.), WR/DB Jonah Madsen (Jr.), WR/LB Tanner Boggs, WR (Sr.), LB Alex Schmidt (Jr.), DB Tristin Logemann (Jr.), LB Patrick Herink (Sr.)
Joel Wiedel: The running back ran for more than 1,600 yards and 35 touchdowns. Fremont Bergan also lost their two-year starter at quarterback, Ryan Batenhorst.
KEY RETURNING PLAYER
Conrad: Conrad led Fremont Bergan in sacks last season.
Transfer: OL/DL Logan DeWolfe (Jr.) from Green Bay, Wis.; RB/LB Cannon Arett (So.) from Fremont High.
Return from injury: WR/LB Luke Walker (Sr.)
Can Boggs, a two-time all-state player, make up for the loss of Wiedel and Batenhorst? The number of lineman returning will help.
There is plenty of experience returning for the Knights. But the defense will have to pick it up after allowing 56 points to David City Aquinas in a state quarterfinal loss last season.
GAME TO WATCH
At David City Aquinas, Sept. 14
Oakland-Craig, Tekamah-Herman, North Bend Central, Stanton
“We have a lot of guys back from last year and a lot of guys we haven’t had before who are capable of being very good players. We have high expectations, we just need to work towards it. Nothing is going to be given to us.”
Sept. 6, Norfolk Lutheran
Sept. 14, at David City Aquinas
Sept. 20, Weeping Water
Sept. 27, at Tekamah-Herman
Oct. 4, Stanton
Oct. 11, Oakland-Craig
Oct. 18, at North Bend Central
Oct. 25, at Centennial
– Jake Anderson