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 C-2 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 C-2 NO. 2 NORFOLK LUTHERAN

District C2-6

Coach: Darin Suckstorf, seventh season

Last season: Lost in semifinals to David City Aquinas in overtime of the semifinals

Returning starters: OL/DL Ryan Freudenburg (Sr.), QB/WR Shaka Taylor (Sr.), TE/LB Myles Kant (Sr.), RB/LB Cody Boche (Sr.), RB/LB Nick Stolze (Jr.), OL/DL Jordan Risor (Sr.), RB/DB Kyle Roseberg (Jr.), RB/LB Keaton Alberts (Jr.)

KEY DEPARTURES

Kenny Blank and Aarin Rathke: The graduated quarterback and running back, respectively, each rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season.

KEY RETURNING PLAYER

Freudenberg: Freudenberg will anchor the lines this year. The 6-footb-4, 295-pound senior is getting looks from Division I schools, including Kansas and Kansas State.

KEY POSITION CHANGES

Taylor: Moves from slot receiver to quarterback

ON OFFENSE

A point of emphasis on offense will be to develop depth on the offensive line. Four players were lost from last year’s offensive line, so finding players to replace them will be a key factor to this season’s success. Taylor looks comfortable early on at quarterback.

ON DEFENSE

The Eagles will have a senior leader at each level of the defense this season — Freudenberg on the line, Kant at linebacker and Taylor in the secondary.

GAME TO WATCH

At Fremont Bergan, Sept. 6

DISTRICT OPPONENTS

Hartington Cedar Catholic, Crofton, West Holt, Battle Creek

COACH’S QUOTE

“We have a great group of motivated athletes. If we can stay healthy and develop some depth, look for this team to make another push in the playoffs.”

SCHEDULE

Sept. 6, at Fremont Bergan

Sept. 13, at Wisner-Pilger

Sept. 20, Laurel-Concord-Coolridge

Sept. 27, West Holt

Oct. 4, at Hartington Cedar Catholic

Oct. 11, Crofton

Oct. 17, Ponca

Oct. 24, at Battle Creek

– Connor Schuessler

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