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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NO. 5 AURORA
Coach: Randy Huebert, 15th season
Returning starters: RB/LB Eli Bricker (Sr.), OT/DT TJ Dozier (Sr.), RB/LB Brock Rejchardt (Sr.), DB Brendon Meyer (Sr.), LB Caleb Oswald (Sr.), OC Keenan Smith (Sr.).
Players to watch: Bricker, Dozier, Rejchardt.
Coach’s quote: “We will be young but we have the potential to develop into a competitive team.”
NO. 6 GRETNA
Coach: Chad Jepsen, seventh season
Returning starters: RB/DB Travis Agagah (Sr.), WR/DB Jordan Batenhorst (Sr.), K Jay Gilman (Sr.), WR/DB Gage Kirwan (Sr.), OL Nick Kwasniewski (Sr.), RB/LB Brady Radik (Sr.), RB Connor Shedeed (Sr.), OL/DL Tanner Swett (Sr.), OL/DL Mick Stoltenberg (Sr.), QB/DB Nick Stoltenberg (Sr.), OL/DB Tanner Stock (Sr.), WR/DB Derek Templeman (Sr.).
Player to watch: Mick Stoltenberg.
Coach’s quote: “We need to develop a few players in key positions, but we have a good group of players to choose from.”
NO. 7 ELKHORN
Coach: Mark Wortman, 34th season
Returning starters: RB/DB Jake Hasty (Sr.), K/TE Colin Stiles (Sr.), QB/DB Ben Hass (Sr.), FB/LB Bryan McLaughlin (Sr.), OT/DT Samuel Orozco (Sr.), OT/DE Caleb Craven (Sr.), OT/DT Sam Larson (Sr.), TE/DE Jack Morock (Jr.).
Player to watch: Hass.
NO. 8 SCOTTSBLUFF
Coach: Joe Benson, seventh season
Returning starters: LB Jake Delzer (Sr.), LB Beau Lofink (Sr.), OL/DL Andrew Aratani (Sr.), OL/DL Cody Rossman (Sr.)
Players to watch: Delzer and Lofink.
Coach’s quote: “Our kicking game should be strong. …We need our young guys to step up.”
NO. 9 YORK
Coach: Glen Snodgrass, third season
Returning starters: QB Linden Kaliff (Sr.), WR/C Ty Danielson (Sr.), OT/DT Ronaldo Trevio (Sr.), FB/LB Evan Neville (Sr.), WR/S Ryan Dolan (Sr.), SS Troy Taylor (Sr.), DE JJ Vanderhieden (Jr.), LB Jonah Otte (Jr.).
Players to watch: Kaliff and Trevio.
Coach’s quote: “Our kids are very hungry to continue to improve and build off of our success last football season.”
NO. 10 RALSTON
Coach: Tyler Zahn, 17th season
Returning starters: QB/S Josh Krzemien (Sr.), RB/LB Isaac Wallace (Sr.), OL/DE Zach Flott (Sr.), OL/DL Alex Wickert (Sr.), WR/DB Robert Cisar (Sr.), WR/LB DJ Moore (Sr.), OL/DL Jacob Gigax (Sr.), OL/DL Matt Santee (Sr.), TE/DE Scott Passmore (Jr.), OL/LB Jacob Lamarche (Jr.).
Player to watch: Flott.
Coach’s quote: “We have solid players returning in both lines and in the backfield.”
– Emily Gregor
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