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 B 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 B NO. 2 NORRIS
Coach: Jim Jacobsen, fourth season
Last season: Finished the season 10-3, losing in the finals to Omaha Gross 14-7.
QB/LB Jakson Reetz (Sr.), WR/S AJ Flodman (Sr.), FB/LB Nolan Graham (Sr.), FB Riley Kentfield (Jr.),TE/DE Josh Gutzmer (Sr.), LB CJ Adamson (Sr.), DB Byron Hood (Sr.).
James Kruger, RB: Kruger had 4,827 rushing yards in his career and 2,294 his senior season.
KEY RETURNING PLAYER
Reetz: The senior quarterback and linebacker led the team in tackles.
The Titans use multiple looks, and benefit from the return of Reetz. Norris will have to find someone to replace Kruger’s production. Reetz threw for 644 yards and rushed for 633 last season. He’ll need even more yardage this year for Norris to return to the state championship.
The defensive line needs to replace three of the four starters, but three returning starters at linebacker should help the defense adjust. The Titans return their four leading tacklers from a season ago and like to mix up formations. This should be a solid unit.
GAME TO WATCH
Gretna, Sept. 13.
Crete, Beatrice, Seward
“Each year we just start out from square one and try to get better the next practice. We try to get better down the stretch. We focus on trying to get better as a team.”
Aug. 30, at York
Sept. 6, at Schuyler
Sept. 13, Gretna
Sept. 20, at Columbus
Sept. 27, at Blair
Oct. 4, Nebraska City
Oct. 11, Beatrice
Oct. 18, at Crete
Oct. 25, Seward
– Jake Anderson
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