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. 1 DAVID CITY AQUINAS
Coach: Ron Mimick, 23rd season
Last season: Finished 13-0 to win the state championship for the second year in a row.
Returning starters: OG/DT Mitch Napier (Sr.), QB Trev Senrad (Jr.); HB/LB Matt Jakub (Sr.), HB/DE Eric Kobza (Sr.), CB Evan Kranda (Sr.), LB Zach Krenk (Sr.), OL Nick Comte (Sr.), OL Trevin Steager (Jr.)
Seth Hoffman, RB: Hoffman was one of the top rushers and had 101 carries last season, scoring the game-winning touchdown in the championship. As a whole, the team lost five key starters from last year.
KEY RETURNING PLAYERS
Jakub and Comte: The seniors will lead the team — Jakub with the skill positions and Comte on the line.
The Monarchs will need to avoid injuries and lean heavily on their returning players, including their junior quarterback, who’ll lead the Wing T offense. A third straight championship is not out of the question.
The 5-3 defense returns very valuable linebackers and lineman from a season ago. Aquinas will need a few pieces to step up and rely on its senior leadership.
GAME TO WATCH
At No. 4 Fremont Bergan, Sept. 14
Centennial, Malcolm, Twin River, Yutan
“If we can develop a great attitude and work habits, we could play deep into November.”
Sept. 6, at Columbus Scotus
Sept. 14, Fremont Bergan
Sept. 20, Elmwood-Murdock
Sept. 27, at Twin River
Oct. 4, Yutan
Oct. 11, at North Bend
Oct. 19, Centennial
Oct. 24, at Malcolm
— Emily Gregor
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