Class B prep football capsules

Alliance (5-4)

Coach: Chris Seebohm, third year

Returning starters (2 offense-2 defense)

Seniors: Nathan Lauder, L, 6-0, 260; Owen Shelmadine, DB, 5-9, 160. Junior: Baily Hood, OL-LB, 6-1, 195.

Coach’s outlook: “We lose a lot of experience on the lines, but our quarterback returns with a year of experience. Some players will be changing positions.”

Aurora (8-3)

Coach: Kyle Peterson, third year

Returning starters (3-1)

Seniors: Cal Narber, RB, 5-9, 170; Caden Schuster, WR, 6-4, 200. Junior: Cade Reichardt, WR, 5-11, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “We will be a young and inexperienced team. We have talent at the skill positions, most of which is untested in varsity competition. Line development will play a big part in how far this team can go.”

Beatrice (8-3)

Coach: Kevin Meyer, second year

Returning starters (4-5)

Seniors: Cam Jurgens, TE-LB, 6-4, 240; Dillon Buss, WR-DB, 6-2 190; David Duncan, L, 6-2, 245; Colton Gronewold, WR, 6-2, 190; Jerad Humble, C-NG, 5-11, 230.

Coach’s outlook: “We should be pretty competitive, but need to build depth all across the board.”

Bennington (5-5)

Coach: Greg Bohn, 18th year

Returning starters (6-7)

Seniors: Jacob Wageman, RB-DB, 5-10, 170; Ean Rasmussen, DT, 6-0, 195; Drew Erickson, DB, 6-0, 170; Jacob Gillen, CB, 5-9, 160; Nate Rupprecht, CB, 6-0, 180; Wes Metheny. LB, 6-1, 190; Zack Wullenwaber, OL-LB, 6-1, 200. Juniors: Karson Gansebom, WR, 6-1, 170; Cooper Prososki, QB, 6-2, 185.

Coach’s outlook: “We have good experience at skill positions. Lines need to develop. Solid group of physical players on defense.”

Blair (6-5)

Coach: Bryan Soukup, fourth year

Returning starters (5-4)

Seniors: Will Yost, L, 6-2, 205; Dalton Lewis, RB, 5-8, 170; Colton Kesling, LB, 6-1, 180; Dalton Ryan, WR-DB, 5-8, 160; Zane Tilson, LB, 5-9, 200; Chris Zanotto, L, 5-8, 240; Tristyn McClanahan, DL, 6-1, 205; John Sheets, LB, 5-10, 175; Jarod Reed, WR-DB, 6-1, 155; Jayden Kempcke, L, 6-5, 200

Coach’s outlook: “We return multiple starters on both sides of the ball and plenty of experience. We’ll need to find a quarterback and fill some holes in the offensive line. The strength of the defense will once again be the corps of linebackers.”

Columbus (7-3)

Coach: Craig Williams, 12th year

Returning starters (6-6)

Seniors: Nathan Slusarski, WR-DB, 6-4, 190; Michael Koch, QB-DB, 6-4, 195; Jordan Troutman, L, 6-3, 295; Cameron Barnes, L, 6-1, 215; Cameron Menke, TE-DE, 6-4, 200; Caleb Esch, RB-DB, 6-0, 190; Juan Leon, FB-LB, 5-11, 210; Garrett Krumland, L, 6-5, 275.

Coach’s outlook: “We must reinvent ourselves on offense with the loss of two power running backs. We have athletic kids back in the other skill positions and must find a way to use their skills. On defense, we took a hit as our front six graduated, but the returners have experience as backups and should be capable in filling out our starting lineup.”

Crete (3-6)

Coach: Reed Manstedt, third year

Returning starters (5-5)

Seniors: Jonah Weyand, RB-LB, 5-11, 190; Zach Muff, WR-DB, 5-11, 195; Klay Uher, WR-LB, 6-4, 210; Blake Sears, WR-DB, 5-11, 150; Jed Bond, OL, 6-1, 240; Clayton Van Horn, DL, 5-11, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “The strength of our team will be in its athleticism. We return almost our entire wide receiver-defensive back crop from last year as well as Weyand. Our weakness will be our overall lack of experience at several positions such as quarterback and the lines.”

Elkhorn (7-3)

Coach: Mark Wortman, 38th year

Returning starters (2-8)

Seniors: Cole Alfrey, SB-DB, 6-1, 160; AJ Hagemann, G-DT, 6-1, 245; Grant Kwapniowski, T, 6-2, 295; Ram Gastali, RB-CB, 5-9, 160; Bret Lange, SB-DE, 6-2, 185; Jacob Pickering, RB-DB, 5-10, 160; Josh Schmutz, FB-LB, 5-10, 180; Logan Spanel, RB-LB, 5-111, 175.

Coach’s outlook: “A good senior class with experience, especially on defense. A new offensive backfield will need to gain experience quickly.”

Elkhorn Mount Michael (4-5)

Coach: Greg Wunderlich, new

Returning starters (3-2)

Seniors: Garrett Gloeb, OLB, 6-0, 190. Juniors: Garrett Hustedt, TE-DL, 6-1, 205; Sid DeMayo, QB, 5-11, 165; Taylor Davis, L, 6-2, 230.

Coach’s outlook: “Losing 22 seniors is hard on any program, and it will be tough to replace that leadership and production. The team is excited about the returning skill players and the growth with a new system in all three phases.”

Elkhorn South (13-0, state champion)

Coach: Guy Rosenberg, sixth year

Returning starters (3-5)

Seniors: Moses Bryant, RB, 5-11, 195; Carson Pilkington RB-LB, 6-1, 215; Jared Jennings, RB-LB, 5-11, 215; Cade Pilkington, WR-DB, 5-10, 180; Mick Williams, WR-DB, 6-1, 165; Ben Friemel, WR-DB, 6-0, 175

Coach’s outlook: “Our biggest strength is our player investment level. We also return three-time all-stater Moses Bryant and will have a veteran secondary and great speed at linebacker.”

Gering (0-9)

Coach: Todd Ekart, third year

Returning starters (7-5)

Seniors: Wade Blue, L; Cody Ybarra, RB-LB; Nick Watkins, L; Jacob Rocheleau, RB-DB; Ricky Saenz, DB; Kenny Witcofski, L. Juniors: Tim Bernhardt, L; Garrett Conn, RB-LB; Max Closson, L.

Coach’s outlook: “Played a lot of young kids last year. Will need to get production in the running game. Offensive line needs to show improvement. Special teams need to be better.”

Grand Island Northwest (5-5)

Coach: Kevin Stein, eighth year

Returning starters (7-7)

Seniors: Brady Glause, WR; Payton Stein, DE; Danny Fisher, WR; Darrick Helgoth, OLB; Chance Hall, ILB; Dylan Allen, DE; Fletcher Bydalek, L; Jamie Garrison, T; Michael Schomer, OLB; Riley Schliep, WR. Juniors: Carter Terry, QB; Adam Cooper, RB; Issac Lemburg, DE; Jaryk Cole, ILB; Cooper Kiser, L; Avery Castaneda, RB.

Coach’s outlook: “We have a great opportunity to have a nice season. The first four or five games will be very crucial for us to hit on all cylinders. We return a lot of seniors and contributors and have depth at all positions. Class B is so brutal week to week. Having an immature team that does not have solid backups is scary. We feel confident we can weather most storms. We must be sitting in a good place come district time because those three teams are excellent.”

Gretna (9-3)

Coach: Dave Shrader, third year

Returning two-way starters

Seniors: Joey Johnson, WR-LB, 6-3, 215; Cade Mueller, L-DE, 6-1, 215; Tanner Tierney, RB-LB, 5-11, 180; Kaleb Kramer, L, 6-2, 215; Tyler Sullivan, SE-DB, 6-0, 160.

Coach’s outlook: “Lost some pretty good players from last fall. The good thing is we have several players returning who were able to get lots of experience. We go into the season without any real game-time experience at quarterback.”

Hastings (5-5)

Coach: Charlie Shoemaker, third year

Returning starters (5-5)

Seniors: Michael Shaw, L, 5-11, 210; Connor Laux, WR-DB, 5-9, 155; Bryant Warrick, WR-DB, 6-0, 175; Gavyn West, L, 5-11, 200; Alex Schrock, TE-LB, 5-11, 175; Juniors: Keeshaun Hunt, L, 6-4, 280; Tate Pfeifer, RB-LB, 5-9, 165. Sophomore: Damen Pape, RB-LB, 5-11, 185.

Coach’s outlook: “We had a lot of kids play last season and we are looking to them to really improve.”

Holdrege (2-7)

Coach: Jason Hale, 19th year

Returning starters (6-5)

Seniors: Prestin Melroy, RB-LB, 6-0, 185; Hunter Brenn, L, 5-11, 270; Bronson Titus, L, 5-11, 255; Alex Wells, RB-DB, 5-10, 165; Zac Hurlbert, QB-DB, 5-9, 165; Creighton Hinrichs, TE-DE, 6-2, 225; Trent Hoeft, WR-DB, 5-9, 140.

Coach’s outlook: “We should be much improved. Numbers in the program should be much better. We return quality players at key positions but will need to develop depth in the lines.”

Lexington (1-8)

Coach: Jeff Rowan, fifth year

Returning starters (5-6)

Seniors: Oracio Cornoa, L, 6-1, 240; Ethan Woehrle, L, 6-2, 230; Javier Rivas, RB, 5-11, 180; Jairo Alvarez, DB, 5-9, 165. Juniors: Jade Wirth, L, 6-0, 285; Aiden Stuart, DL, 6-0, 200; Andrew Saiz, OLB, 6-0, 180; Jake Leger, QB, 6-1, 170; Riley Kopf, OLB, 6-0, 175; Logen Callahan, LB, 6-2, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “Played a lot of young kids last fall, that experience will show this season. Program numbers are improving, so we will have competition at almost every position.”

McCook (10-2)

Coach: Jeff Gross, 20th year

Returning starters (5-6)

Seniors: Zach Schlager, QB-LB, 6-2, 200; DJ Gross, TE-LB, 6-2, 215; Gabe Sehnert, LB, 5-10, 175. Kaleb Taylor, DL, 6-4, 225; Hunter Potthoff, WR-DB; Hunter Hays, T, 6-3, 285; Justin Barenberg, OL, 6-1, 220. Junior: Colin Giron, DL;6-2, 230.

Coach’s outlook: “A core group of 20 seniors and 20 juniors have been developing and waiting for their turn to lead this proud program. The defense returns six with starting experience. The offense looks to get some big plays and some home runs in both the running and passing games.”

Nebraska City (2-7)

Coach: Dan Hempel, new

Returning starters (4-5)

Seniors: Jace Becker, RB-LB, 6-0, 210; Trevor Wright, L, 5-10, 200; Dylan Knoell, WR-DB, 5-9, 165; Tyler Lechner, RB-LB, 5-11, 180. Junior: Jaydin Aldana, L, 6-2, 240.

Norris (8-3)

Coach: Jim Jacobsen, eighth year

Returning starters (4-5)

Seniors: Bryce Stai, TE-DE, 6-3, 240; Austin Schultz, RB-DB, 5-10, 185; Gus Woeppel, L, 6-2, 285; Marcus Kennedy, RB-DB (NA); Zach Argo, TE-DE, 6-1, 195

Coach’s outlook: “We’ll be very athletic at the skill positions. Our ability to play great defense early will be a key to the season.”

Omaha Gross (4-6)

Coach: Tom Van Haute, new

Returning starters (5-5)

Seniors: Luke Johnson, OT-DE, 6-2, 215; Manny Grant, QB-DB, 5-10, 170; Kyle Sweeney, WB-LB, 6-1, 170; Connor Weis, FB-LB, 5-10, 160; Gio Lopez, L, 6-1, 275. Junior: Christian Riha, OL-LB, 6-0, 200.

Omaha Roncalli (5-5)

Coach: Tom Kessling, second year

Returning starters (6-6)

Seniors: Logan McGill, TE-DE, 6-3, 190; Casey Keating, QB-DB, 6-2, 175; Malcolm Gladney, FB, 5-9, 200; Mitch Goetz, LB, 6-1, 200; Caleb Bohnenkamp, L, 6-1, 275; Jacob Needham, OL-DE, 6-0, 205. Juniors: Alex Rodgers, QB-LB, 6-0, 170; Andrew McCoy, K, 6-4, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “Senior-led team needs players to fill voids on offensive line. Look to continue into new program leadership.”

Omaha Skutt (11-2)

Coach: Matt Turman, 15th year

Returning starters (4-10)

Seniors: Jake Archer, FB-LB, 6-1, 205; Quinn Mendlik, K-LB, 5-9, 170; Ben Altman, L, 6-2, 245; Kyle Hruby, L, 6-0, 255; Ben Sievers, DB, 5-10, 180; Jackson Gordon, CB, 6-1, 175; Billy Higgins, OLB, 5-10, 175; Ryan Trout, OLB, 5-11, 185; Sean Wells, LB, 5-7, 185; JD Daro, WR-DB, 5-7, 150; Jake Zeplin, WR-DB, 6-1, 175. Juniors: Alex Naran, DB, 5-9, 175; TJ Skradski, DE, 6-6, 235.

Coach’s outlook: “We have more returning starters than we have ever had in my years at the school, especially on defense. We will have a lot of depth. Our ninth-grade class was undefeated. If we can get some quality quarterback play and our linemen develop like we think they should, we will have a great chance to make the playoffs.”

Platteview (1-8)

Coach: Chris Stier, third year

Returning starters (9-9)

Seniors: Jacob Romsa, QB-DB, 5-11, 195; Garrett Kirwan, RB-LB, 6-2, 185; Shane Feller, L, 6-0, 250; Jose Linse, RB-DB, 5-8, 150; Nick Weibelhaus, WR-DB, 6-3, 185; Bennett Slater, RB-LB, 5-9, 170; Derek Nowka, OL, 5-9, 250. Juniors: Ian Baker, L-LB, 5-11, 205; Jake Nelson, L, 6-3, 230; Josh Fryar, WR-DB, 6-1, 185.

Coach’s outlook: “Lots of returning experience. All of our skill positions are returning. We won’t have much depth on the offensive line.”

Plattsmouth (2-7)

Coach: Bob Dzuris, fifth year

Returning starters (4-3)

Seniors: Noah Meneses, L-LB, 6-1, 245; Seth Bolte, TE-DE, 6-1, 215; Kirkland Haswell, QB-P, 6-3, 190; Tucker Anderson, QB-WR, 5-8, 195; Luke Setlak, WR-DB, 5-9, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “Very inexperienced. Hope to grow after our first three games, which are against Elkhorn, Norris and Elkhorn South.”

Ralston (3-6)

Coach: Jason Fink, fourth year

Returning starters (5-4)

Seniors: Devin Merkuris, RB-LB, 5-11, 180; Nate Sailors, WR-DB, 6-0, 170; Nicholas Wilke, L, 6-2, 255; Noah Hilton, TE-DE, 6-2. Junior: Isaac Dannehl, WR-DB, 6-1, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “We return much of our backfield and skill guys. A lot of work will have to be done up front with only two returning starters. The same can be said about the defense with an experienced secondary but holes up front and at linebacker.”

Schuyler (0-9)

Coach: Aaron Thumann, fourth year

Returning starters (7-5)

Seniors: Caleb Novak, RB-LB, 5-10, 180; Tyler Kohl, TE-LB, 6-1, 195; Mason Kovar, QB-DB, 5-11, 190; Mazayakene Kutalu, WR-DB, 5-10, 180; Isaac Hernandez, RB-LB, 5-9, 165; Angel Rojo, L, 6-2, 250; Austin Zacarias, L, 5-9, 195. Juniors Jesus Maganda, L-LB, 5-9, 220; Caden Yrkoski, RB-DB, 5-9, 165.

Coach’s outlook: “Going into our fourth year we know it’s time for our program to take the next step.”

Scottsbluff (8-2)

Coach: Joe Benson, 11th year

Returning starters (4-7)

Seniors: Luke Ferguson, G, 6-0, 260; Elijah Salinas, C, 5-9, 210; Noah Bruner, QB, 6-0, 165; Eli DeLosSantos, K, 6-0, 170; Graham Robbins, LB, 5-11, 180. Juniors: Garrett Nelson, TE, 6-3, 245; Keegan Reifschneider, DB, 5-10, 170; Chris Busby, DB, 5-11, 165; Jordan Hort, DT, 6-2, 300. Sophomore: Jaisya DeOllos, LB, 6-0, 200.

Coach’s outlook: “We could be explosive and fast on offense. Defense should be able to run. Kicking game could be a strength.”

Seward (1-8)

Coach: Jamie Opfer, fifth year

Returning starters (9-7)

Seniors: Connor Ruth, RB-LB, 6-0, 205; Broc LaVelle, LB, 5-10, 190; Antonio Gonzalez, L, 6-4, 200; Isaiah Kottich, G-LB, 5-11, 210; Victor Sigala, LB, 5-9, 170. Juniors: Joseph Krause, QB, 6-1, 185; Brett Meyer, WR, 6-3, 180; Carson Core, WR-DB, 5-11, 155; Max Perry, L, 5-11, 210; PJ Schaben, L, 6-0, 220; Derek Holtorf, TE-DL, 6-3, 215. Sophomore: Davon Brees, RB, 5-9, 180.

Coach’s outlook: “We need to elevate our game across the board but feel we will be more than capable of doing that with some returning starters and some talented sophomores who will give us depth.”

Sidney (3-6)

Coach: Chris Koozer, third year

Returning starters (8-10)

Seniors: Jon Smith, WR-CB, 5-7, 165; Coby Haas, WR-FS, 6-2, 175; Derek Robb, HB-LB, 5-8, 165; Kade Price, L, 6-0, 235; Tyler Bergstrom, L, 6-4, 215; Brodie Sutton, L, 6-0, 250. Juniors: Matthias Beyer, L, 5-10, 270; Arik Doty, QB, 5-11, 185; Zach Pettit, L, 6-1, 245; Cade Lewis, RB-LB, 5-9, 190. Sophomores: Zak Wieser, RB-LB, 6-0, 180; Elijah Ahrens, 5-9, 180.

Coach’s outlook: “We need to find a way to become more consistent on both sides of the ball.”

South Sioux City (2-7)

Coach: Silas Fluellen, new

Returning starters (3-5)

Seniors: Nate Canoles, QB-DB, 5-9, 170; Izzy Miranda, WB-DB, 5-7, 130; Dathan Klassen, WR-DB, 5-9, 155; Miguel Curiel, WR-DB, 5-6, 150. Juniors: Robert Meza, RB-LB, 5-11, 175; Maverick Singer, L, 5-10, 255; Luis Quezada, L, 6-0, 180.

Coach’s outlook: “Meeting these young men, they seemed very enthusiastic about the new system. We will have a lot of speed that will allow us to play with bigger teams. We will be a young team with a new system, which means a lot of learning.”

Waverly (2-7)

Coach: Tim Williams, fourth year

Returning starters (7-9)

Seniors: Damian Wylder, L, 5-10, 240; Alex Schmailzl, L, 5-10, 265; Dalten Neeman, L, 5-10, 180; Hunter Lee, LB, 5-8, 170; Jack Sharp, OLB, 6-0, 175. Juniors: Rhett Jordon, QB-DB, 5-9, 160; Jay Adams, WR, 5-9, 185; Logan Schuelke, L-LB, 6-0, 220; Thatcher Kozal, RB-LB, 6-0, 185; Kaleb Canoyer, DL, 5-7, 160; Alex Murray, WR, 6-3, 180.

Coach’s outlook: “We played a lot of sophomores last season only to give them varsity experience for this season. I look to see our young kids continue to grow due to the newly found leadership in this senior class.”

York (7-3)

Coach: Glen Snodgrass, seventh year

Returning starters (8-7)

Seniors: Simon Otte, RB-DB, 6-2, 185; Nick Weskamp, QB, 6-4, 180; Masry Mapieu, L, 6-4, 305; Dylan Rahder, L-LB, 5-11, 235; Jorre Luther, WR-DB-K, 5-10, 170; Jaiden Verhage, G-LB, 5-10, 270; Ben Mohorn, FB-DE, 6-1, 210; Tyler Cast, WR-DB, 6-2, 175. Juniors: Garrett Snodgrass, TE-QB-LB, 6-3, 215; Douglas Lazo, L, 5-11, 225; Brady Danielson, WR-DB, 6-3, 170.

Coach’s outlook: “We have some very talented players coming back. Once again depth will be an issue at certain positions, like in the backfield and at linebacker, but we are deep in both lines and at wide receiver and defensive back.”

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