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 A 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 A NO. 4 LINCOLN SOUTHEAST
Coach: Ryan Gottula, third season
Last season: The Knights lost in state quarterfinals to Omaha North.
QB/FS Luke Gifford (Sr.), WR/CB Trey Beamon (Sr.), OT/DT Fyn Anderson (Jr.), OC/DT Marshall Dean (Sr.); OG/DT DJ Foster (Sr.), OG/DT Kwame Rovertson (Sr.), TE/DE Peter Read (Sr.), RB/LB Hunter Johnson (Sr.).
QB Najee Jackson and RB Devin Washington: Jackson ended his senior year with 1,608 passing yards and 12 passing touchdowns, and he rushed for 10 scores. Washington, a back-to-back all-state player, ended his senior year with 1,153 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.
KEY RETURNING PLAYERS
Foster and Gifford: These two seasoned seniors are receiving Division I interest, with Foster committed to Nebraska. Foster is a two-time all-state player, and Gifford was all-state last season.
Return from injury: RB/CB Darian Trout-Brown and TE/DE BJ Day, both seniors.
Foster provides the Knights with a force up front, and he’ll likely play on the offensive line for the Huskers. The offense lost some great skill-position players to graduation, but Gifford should be solid at quarterback.
The defensive line, anchored by Foster, will be one of the best in the state this year.
GAME TO WATCH
At Millard South, Sept. 12
Lincoln East, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Pius X, Lincoln Southwest, Norfolk.
“We will return a good core of players on the defensive side of the ball and three starters on the offensive line. I expect our senior class to be a great group of leaders.”
Aug. 30, at Millard West
Sept. 6, Lincoln High
Sept. 12, at Millard South
Sept. 20, at Omaha Creighton Prep
Sept. 27, Lincoln Southwest
Oct. 3, Norfolk
Oct. 11, at Lincoln East
Oct. 18, at Lincoln Northeast
Oct. 25, Lincoln Pius X
– Emily Gregor
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Correction: A previous version of this article showed the Lincoln Southeast-Millard West game to be played on Aug. 29