NORFOLK – Area football athletes strapped up the pads after a week’s worth of practices and battled in front of parents, former coaches and community members.
From Veterans Memorial Park in Norfolk, the Sixth annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star football game saw records being broken.
The White team got on the board first with 12 points in the opening quarter before both teams tallied seven points in the second quarter to see the Whites leading the Reds, 19-7. The White All-Stars added to their lead with a 7-6 third quarter while the Reds attempted a comeback with a 22-14 fourth quarter. Final found the Whites winning 40-35.
First quarter White scoring came from Plainview’s Matt Hoffman and West Point-Beemer’s Hunter Pilakowski on a pair of two-yard runs. PAT was blocked after the opening score while the two-point pass attempt was failed the second time.
In the second quarter, Wayne’s Mason Lee of the Red team caught an 84-yard pass from West Holt’s Bryce Kerkman (Norfolk Catholic’s Payton Love converted the kick) while O’Neill’s Alex Thramer on the White team recorded a nine-yard touchdown run (Logan View’s Jacob Polk converted the kick).
Third quarter scoring for the White saw Battle Creek’s Stone Kraft catch back-to-back touchdown receptions from Thramer of five-yards and 35-yards. Polk converted both kicks. For the Red, Pierce’s Collin Tinker recorded a two-yard touchdown run (conversion failed).
In the fourth quarter for the White, Thramer recorded a nine-yard touchdown pass to Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Cody Nelson (Polk converted kick). Red scoring came from Kerkman to Lee from four-yards (Ponca’s Dalton Tremayne caught conversion pass from Kerkman), Kerkman picked up two-yard rushing touchdown (Tremayne caught conversion pass from Kerkman) and Lee caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Kerkman (no PAT).
Offensive leaders for the White Team saw Thramer rush seven times for 65 yards while completing 23-28 passes for 351 yards. Kraft recorded eight completions for 158 yards while Nelson added six catches for 111 yards.
Kerkman led the Red Team with 11 rushes for 74 yards while completing 11-17 for 281 yards. Lee picked up 10 receptions for 255 yards while Tremayne added five catches for 94 yards.
Honorees during Saturday’s All-Star football game included Mike Fuehrer of Norfolk earning the Lifetime Contributor Award and Chuck Ross of Wisner received the Lifetime Achievement Award.