Mustard power: Sacred Heart running back Jake Hoy off to strong start in new position

FALLS CITY – Whether it was a prank on his teammates or an actual solution to solving Falls City Sacred Heart’s cramping issues last week, junior running back Jake Hoy may have to continue drinking mustard during games if he’s going to put up 100-yard performances.

Hoy was the Irish’s leading receiver last season with 26 receptions, 345 yards and 8 touchdowns. He figures to be in a more expanded role this fall after head coach Doug Goltz moved him to running back before their, 60-28, season opening win over Lourdes Central Catholic on Aug. 24.

The 5’10”, 160-pounder is no stranger carrying the football. He rushed for 151 yards and 4 touchdowns on 25 carries in his sophomore season. Against the Knights, he carried the ball 9 times for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns before leaving the game due to cramping issues early in the second half.

Hoy, who provided mustard to other teammates to help battle cramps, did exactly what the Irish coaching staff thought he would do in their first win of the season, according to Goltz.

“I really liked how he ran the ball. I thought he did a great job of following his blocks. We ran the ball up the middle some. We ran the ball outside some. I thought he did well. I think a lot of that was just due to the fact that we really had some really good blocking out of our line, out of our tight ends and out of our fullback.”

Hoy also caught three balls for 51 yards.

Goltz states the mustard idea didn’t come from the coaching staff and starting quarterback Drew Bippes, who also dealt with cramps, says it was all Hoy’s idea. No word on if it was a prank on his teammates or not.

#2 Sacred Heart (1-0) hosts #5 Lawrence-Nelson (0-0) in a Class D2 top-five showdown at Jug Brown Stadium on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will air on B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com).

#5 Lawrence-Nelson at #2 Falls City Sacred Heart

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: Jug Brown Stadium, Falls City

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm, ncnsportsnow.com)

Fort Calhoun at Auburn

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Bulldog Stadium, Auburn

Radio: B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm, ncnsportsnow.com)

Nebraska City at #3 Wahoo

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Wahoo High School

Radio: Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com, ncnsportsnow.com)

Beatrice at Plattsmouth

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Blue Devil Stadium, Plattsmouth

Webiste: ncnsportsnow.com

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