If I could have a football game each week full of excitement like what I had Thursday and Friday night, sign me up!
The first week of the 2016 high school football season was full of barn burners and blowouts. Case and point, Waverly and Columbus Friday night.
The Vikings made the hour and 20-minute drive northwest and managed to overcome a slow start and late miscues to rally back and beat the Discoverers 17-14.
It wasn't pretty by any stretch, but as they say, a win is a win.
Dillon Ruelas came through in a pinch when Waverly needed him. With 3rd and Goal at the Columbus 5-yard line, Ruelas found Jay Adams in the end zone with 1:06 to play. That grit may prove to be a boost in the confidence of the newcomers to that Viking offensive line.
Columbus had opportunities to put it away after Colton Wolfe scored with 6:52 to play and giving the Discovers a 14-10 advantage. But turnovers and not able to convert on fourth down hurt the momentum Columbus had taken away from Waverly.
Regardless, exciting game and great finish.
Lincoln East got off to a winning start Friday night, coming off a 21-17 victory over Norfolk at Beechner Field. I think the Spartans are going to be one of the Lincoln teams that could be tough to deal with as the season progresses.
Crete goes double overtime to beat Seward 34-31, in another "backyard" battle. Always a good draw each time these two teams meet.
Blowouts, Lincoln Southeast over Lincoln Northeast 48-21. The Knights are in a position to start making an early season run and it continues with their big rival Lincoln Southwest on Friday night and on Sept. 9 against East.
Northeast may recover when they play Lincoln North Star on Friday afternoon. However, both teams will need to sort out how to prevent penalties and turnovers.
David City Aquinas jumps to C-1 and has no problem of disposing Raymond Central 48-0. Millard West breezes past rival Millard South 56-6. Expectations high for close contests quickly turn into complete routs.
KELTER RETURNS TO BOOTH FOR TWO NIGHTS
Jim Kelter (Courtesy Photo)
Veteran sportscaster Jim Kelter returns to the broadcast booth for two games in September.
Kelter, who is best known as the former sports director at Omaha's KMTV from 1973 to 1978, will call two games on JrJaysNetwork.com, the flagship website carrying Omaha Creighton Prep football.
Listen for him calling the action when Prep plays Fremont on Sept. 8 and Papillion-LaVista South on Sept. 29.
In the past, Kelter has helped broadcast games on LincolnPrepSports.com and been a contributor to special programming carried on this website.
His career in Omaha has included radio stints at KOIL, KKAR, KOOO, KEFM and KYNN covering Creighton Basketball, Nebraska-Omaha football and basketball, Omaha Royals baseball, Omaha Racers basketball and Omaha Beef indoor football.