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Nemaha Central Football Faces Off Against Jeff West

By: Chase Korber and Jaden Thomas

September 09, 2018

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The football season is back at Nemaha Central Middle School and it’s looking like another great season. This year’s football team includes 9 eighth graders and 11 seventh graders. The coaching staff is Hadden Hiltgen, Todd Helm and Skylar Mayberry. The manager of this year’s team is Isaac Lueger.

On Thursday, August 30, the Nemaha Central Middle School had its first football game against Jeff West. The Nemaha Central Middle School has joined the Big 7 League this year and is playing teams that they have never played before. The game started and NC got off to a slow start by fumbling on the first two plays of the game and Jeff West gained possession of the ball. That’s when the NC boys knew they had to stop them on defense. However, Jeff West made a couple of huge runs and ended up scoring. NC came through and stopped the Tigers on the two-point conversion. The score was 6-0 and the NC boys were looking to score. Jeff West kicked off and after making a few first downs, NC scored a touchdown. NC went for the two-point conversion and scored on it making the score 8-6. NC then kicked off to Jeff West.  Jeff West played the ball some but the first quarter was over with NC leading 8-6.

In the second quarter, NC was playing tight defense and forced Jeff West to punt. After the Thunder marched down the field, Cooper Hajek threw a touchdown pass to Reid McKee to increase the Thunder lead. Then NC went for the two-point conversion, but fell a couple of yards short, making the score 14-6. That’s when the Thunder boys knew that they had the momentum on their side. On the next Jeff West drive, NC played outstanding defense forcing Jeff West to punt again. The next time NC had possession of the ball they took advantage of it with Copper Hajek running the ball for a rushing touchdown. Then NC punched the ball in for the two-point conversion. The Thunder team was playing well and was able to score another touchdown making it 28-6 NC at halftime.

After halftime was over NC knew that they had all the momentum on their side and all they had to do was finish the game. NC had the first opportunity to score but fell short and had a turnover on downs. The NC boys didn’t score the whole second half but Jeff West did once making the final score 28-12.

“Our defense was on lockdown and they couldn’t stop our offense,” said Colby Schmelzle.

Abe Hilbert said, “ We showed the Big 7 League that NC wasn’t a joke.”

 

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