A great new tradition began a year ago and continued this past Saturday with the second edition of the Annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Field.
Fans were treated to a real summer gridiron classic, as the Red team rallied from a 14-0 deficit to score a 20-14 victory over the White.
Former Boone Central/Newman Grove tight end Tyler Hedlund of Albion – one of four ex-Cardinals competing in the contest – had a big day, catching eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. He was selected as the White Offensive MVP following the game. Also competing for the White squad were safety Pierce Koch of Petersburg and linemen Alex Wiese of Newman Grove and Austin Zoucha of Albion.
The 2014 All-Star Classic was an old-fashioned “air vs. ground” battle.
The White, coached by Oakland-Craig’s Joe Anderson, rode Norfolk High’s Taylor Reedy’s accurate arm to 289 passing yards and the early 14-0 advantage.
Red head coach Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic, on the other hand, put a big offensive line in the hands of assistants Mark Brahmer (Pierce) and Tony Hoffman (Crofton) and pounded the ball at the White with running backs Jackson Love of Catholic and Shaka Taylor of Lutheran High NE.
The end result was 266 yards rushing and a pair of second-half TDs against a White defense that was flagging.
Along with Hedlund’s eight receptions, Koch made six tackles for the White defense and Wiese was credited with three stops.
Norfolk High’s Landen Thieman was the White Defensive MVP of the game. Love was the Red Offensive MVP and Kathol was selected as the Red Defensive MVP.
A new record crowd of 2,490 also saw long-time Norfolk Daily News Sports Editor Denny Fuehrer and National High School Hall of Fame Coach Bob Schnitzler of Battle Creek receive the first Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic Lifetime “Contributor” and “Achievement” Awards, respectively.
An added highlight was Norfolk High graduate and NFL referee Clete Blakeman performing the honorary coin toss to begin the game.
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