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07/24/2005 - Pius X Looks To Continue Football Success in 2005
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Prep Sports.com Announcer


Brand new press box with suites and broadcast booths, brand new season. Those are some new elements to the upcoming football season for Lincoln Pius X, who went 13-0 and captured the Class B State Football Championship last year. Over the course of a year, the Thunderbolts had plenty of time to celebrate and to get prepared for the 2005 season. This year, a new quarterback will step in to fill the void vacated by recent graduates Ross Bosn and Jordan Reed, who shared time calling the signals during Bolts journey to a state crown.

Running back Dan Bargen, fullback Jaymes Kastl and wingback Matt Greenway are other key losses to graduation that Pius will have to fill prior to their kickoff with Lexington on Friday, August 26th at Aldrich Field. That game can be heard Live and On-Demand on Lincoln Prep Sports.com.

CLASS A IN LINCOLN

Class A football in the capital city was down a bit last season, with Northeast having the most success among Lincoln Public Schools. The Rockets are looking to shake off a heartbreaking end to their season against North Platte in the playoffs last year. Despite a 7-3 season in 2004, Northeast should stand to be among the tough teams in the city this year. One key loss is at quarterback with the graduation of three-year starter Tyler Stephenson. Head coach Dave Svehla could put Brent Wells in the starting spot, but that will be determined as they near their season opener with Lincoln High on September 2nd. Northeast does return Rocky Wray and John Fisher in the backfield, with senior John Rust at receiver, Jon Bradley and Jerry Vaughn-Taylor in the trenches for the Rockets.

Lincoln High has gone through some changes in the off-season. The Links have hired former Lincoln Capitals coach Jose Jefferson as their new head coach to replace John Farrand, who left the program after seven seasons. After what was considered to be one of the best seasons in recent history, Lincoln High could be facing a rebuilding year, especially with the loss of a runner in Yusef Vinson.

Southwest could be a team to beat in the city this year. Head coach Mark King continues to build up a program that finished 0-9 in their inaugural season in 2002 and has qualified for the Class A playoffs the last two seasons.

Last year's Southeast football team was the first to not qualify for the playoffs in well over 10 years. The Knights have been traditionally tough in the city and Class A under the guidence of Chuck Mizerski, who has been at Southeast since 1979. A new quarterback will be apart of the chemistry for 2005, after Jim Dawson took much of the lumps being the signal caller last year. Southeast will be hungry to meet up with city competition once the season gets underway, but opening up their season on the road with last year's Class A State Champ Omaha Creighton Prep on September 2nd at Al Caniglia Field.

North Star's loss to graduation is running back Alex Hall, who ran roughshot over opponents last year despite an under .500 season. The Navigators do return a highly touted all-state receiver in Tyler Bullock, who continues to gain attention from Division One schools to play football, and quarterback Jake Iverson, who, in this reporter's eyes, will complete an aerial assault that will be much improved for the 2005 season. Look for North Star to surprise a few people.

After a traumatic season last year, East High is seeking to gain success it had in 2003. What looked promising after a 17-0 win over Southwest to open up 2004 turned south for the Spartans in late September. The devestating head injury to Brady Beran that left him hospitalized for weeks and the loss of a season ending injury to returning quarterback Jim Ebke appeared to be nothing for a dark cloud hanging overhead for East. The Spartans should be much improved from last year's 1-8 finish.
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