The Bluehawks have to sweat out a last-second shot by No. 2 Yutan but manage to advance to their third state championship game in the last four years.
For 20 minutes of game time Thursday, Arcadia-Loup City was better than Class C-2 No.2 Yutan. But the Chieftains wore out the Rebels on the back end of each half to pull away for a 65-54 win in the opening round of the state tournament.
The World-Herald's Stu Pospisil put together capsules previewing the upcoming boys state basketball tournament.
Freshman Brady Timm can be excused for his last-minute nerves — his knee-knocking jitters that caused him to step over the foul line twice, negating Yutan points.
When Oak Hill and Sunrise Christian had been to the Heartland Hoops Classic, they played Goliath to the local underdogs, Omaha and Papillion kids with the same first two numbers in their zip codes.
Colton Feist had 13.5 sacks and 110 tackles for the Class C-2 champions.
There’s a commonality between defenders Colton Feist of Yutan and Jake Archer of Omaha Skutt, though they weren’t at the same position. Their range was beyond compare among Omaha-area small school players.
Yutan senior Colton Feist stepped onto the turf at Memorial Stadium last week, examined his surroundings and knew he was living out a fairly common boyhood dream that few Nebraskans actually get the chance to realize.
Three touchdowns, two following interceptions, broke a scoreless tie at Memorial Stadium and propelled the Chieftains to their first state football title. Bryland Menicucci, who opened the scoring in the 27-6 win over previously undefeated Centennial, ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
One remarkable statistic from the 12-0 Broncos would justify a new moniker being printed on a few dozen T-shirts. The Ball Hawks.
Omaha World-Herald staff writer Stu Pospisil put together everything you need to know about the upcoming Class C-2 state football championship.
Yutan lost its first three games this year by a combined 12 points, all to teams that would eventually make the playoffs. The Chieftans then won their next six. Colton Feist played a big part in that turnaround, and he hopes that leads to his first scholarship offer.
At 5-feet-9, 155 pounds Yutan senior running back Bryland Menicucci is the Class C-2 football version of Mighty Mouse. Menicucci has rushed for 1,822 yards and 17 touchdowns this season and is a versatile back. He also owns the school-record for punt return touchdowns.
Big plays and Bryland Menicucci proved to be just what Yutan needed to get past Battle Creek.
Griffin Hendricks isn’t shy about showering his blockers with praise. “We have the best line in the state,” Hendricks said. That line was stellar Friday as Yutan (8-3) beat Valentine 20-7 to advance to the C-2 semifinals for the second straight year.
Each week during the high school sports season, The World-Herald staff nominates five players to be considered for the Family Fare high school athlete of the week. Every Monday, we'll post our picks — athletes who have shined in recent games, whether it be hitting a game-winning shot or playing lock-down defense, piling up points or a record-setting performance.
The Chieftains advanced to the state semifinals last season before losing 19-6 to eventual champ Wiber-Clatonia. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Feist got a taste of the double teams he will face nearly every down this season.
Yutan coach Luke Woster was hoping that a tough schedule would lead to bigger things this American Legion season.
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with No. 3 Yutan today.
It was the second offensive rebound of the night for Ponca, not the first, but did it pack a punch.
After losing 14-12 to Centennial on Sept. 2, Yutan was more than happy to get another shot at the top-seeded Broncos in the first round of the Class C-2 playoffs. The Chieftains played that way, too, rolling to a 34-6 win last Friday.
Yutan came into Friday night’s playoff opener at Centennial as the No. 16 seed in Class C-2. The Chieftains played like anything but in their 34-6 win. They advanced to host St. Paul next Friday and ended Centennial’s unbeaten season.
Bryland Menicucci is getting his kicks returning punts for Yutan. The junior has tied Class C-2 state records by scoring on five punt returns this season and seven in his career.
It’s not easy to battle through the losers bracket to capture a tournament. But that’s just what Yutan accomplished in the recent American Legion District C-3 tourney. The Chieftains will ride that momentum into the Class C Legion state tournament that begins Saturday in Ainsworth.
Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-2 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.
Class C-2 No. 2 Crofton rushed out to a 30-5 lead after one quarter and never looked back in 64-28 win over sixth-ranked Yutan in the first round of the girls state basketball tournament Thursday night at Lincoln Southwest.