LINCOLN — If two 300 games in a night are rare for bowling, think of the odds for that happening in high school football.
We’ll never see this again, two coaches — Tim Turman of Wahoo Neumann and Doug Goltz of Falls City Sacred Heart — getting their 300th career victories on the same night.
These weren’t gimme games, either. Class C-1 No. 5 Neumann beat No. 10 Lincoln Lutheran 61-33 at Seacrest Field. Eight Man-2 No. 2 Sacred Heart broke from a 6-6 halftime tie with No. 5 Lawrence-Nelson to win 34-12.
Neumann rushed for 505 yards, with Brandon Blum getting four touchdowns and quarterback Eli Vedral three for his grandfather’s team.
Turman, whose career record is 300-155-2, coached four years at Fairmont and three at David City before coming to Neumann in 1980.
Dad said he wasn’t crazy about all the attention. But it was deserved. Like Goltz 100 miles away, Turman was doused at game’s end. Then his team carried him off the field and, after a group prayer with Lutheran, gathered around him as a photo banner was unfurled commemorating the win.
“Now hold up 300 fingers,’’ one of the mothers said.
His sons were grateful for the Thursday night scheduling. Matt, who is Omaha Skutt’s head coach, and Seth, who is Millard West’s offensive coordinator, didn’t have to skip games to be there for the milestone win.
“This means I’ve been around for a long time,’’ Turman said. “I was thinking today about it, and I just thought: Is it any more important than game 267 or 133 or the 15th game, though? I had to win those to get to here.
“In effect, they’re all just games you play and you hope you play well enough to win. And we did tonight.”
To get No. 300, Eli ran the Neumann veer offense well, the Cavs blocked two punts and didn’t let Lutheran quarterback James Admiraal go off for seven touchdown passes as he had last week against Omaha Concordia.
Admiraal was 13 of 23 for 145 yards and two touchdowns before getting hurt in the third quarter on a big pop by Neumann lineman Caden Johnson.
“He throws the ball well and he makes it catchable for those guys,’’ Turman said. “I hope he’s not hurt and can finish the season.”
Turman and Goltz increase to seven the number of 300-win coaches in prep football in the state. Ahead of them are Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic (349), Carl Tesmer of Hastings St. Cecilia (344), Tom Jaworski of Omaha Creighton Prep (343, retired), Mark Wortman of Elkhorn (339) and Gary DeBoer of Lawrence-Nelson (319, retired).
Goltz needed the fewest games — 350 — to get to 300. Bellar needed 354. Never hurts when early in your career your team has a state-record 87-game winning streak.
Wahoo Neumann (2-0)......... 14 19 22 6—61
At Lincoln Lutheran (1-1)....... 7 13 0 13—33
WN: Brandon Blum 6 run (kick failed)
WN: Luke Fairbanks 21 run (Blum run)
LL: Collin Morrison 12 pass from James Admiraal (Cayden Bergt kick)
WN: Blum 5 run (David Lilly kick)
WN: Blum 11 run (kick f ailed)
LL: Morrison 27 pass from Admiraal (Bergt kick)
WN: Eli Vedral 63 run (run failed)
LL: Admiraal 1 run (kick failed)
WN: Vedral 8 run (Lilly run)
WN: Vedral 8 run (Lilly kick)
WN: Jon Matulka 59 run (kick blocked)
LL: Morrison 59 pass from Josh Duitsman (kick failed)
LL: Colten Waldo 26 run (Lilly kick)
Rushing: WN, Vedral 11-157, Blum 9-76, Fairbanks 15-115, Lilly 5-66, Spencer Wiese 3-24, Matulka 3-64, Silas Mongar 3-4, Sam Stuhr 1-(minus 1). LL, Waldo 12-58, Colby Bliss 2-(minus 4), Admiraal 5-4.
Passing: WN, Vedral 1-3-1 4. LL, Admiraal 13-23-0 145, Duitsman 4-10-0 76, Bliss 0-1-0 0.
Receiving: WN, Weise 1-4. LL, Morrison 5-93, Bergt 4-56, Ben Moll 1-10, Trevor LeGrande 4-55, Bliss 3-7.
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