Football Team Looks to Exceed Expectations
The Nebraska Christian football team ended the 2016 season with a 3-5 record. With new faces and veteran upperclassmen, the Eagles are working hard to build from last year’s record. Senior quarterback Ben Griess has high hopes for the 2017 season: “With another year full of challenging games, we still have high expectations for the upcoming season. I am excited to watch everyone improve and see their confidence grow. I am eager for the season to start and to play against some of the best teams in the state.”
Many of the starters from last year will be returning to lead and build from an “OK” 2016 season. While many sports reporters are expecting the Eagles to win only two or three games this year, the reporters’ criticism will only motivate the Eagles to do more than expected.
Head Coach Carl Ostrand wants to see his players learn to love God and others while participating in the trials and triumphs of football. He wants to see them improve each day and develop strong work habits, not only in the game of football, but in school and in their relationships with Christ..
Coaches at Nebraska Christian teach athletes that there is a higher goal than just competing for a state title or an undefeated season. They teach students to play for an “audience of One” by playing for the God who blessed them with talent and skill.
Above: 2017 Football Team. Row 1: Sam Twogood, Joel Poppe, Tim Hofmann, Luke Swanson, Spencer Williams, Joel Kaczor, Ben Griess. Row 2: Zach Brock, Jake Twogood, Noah Boersen, Cody Griess, Toby Watson. Row 3: Grant Stuhmer, Carl Mundt, Anthony Jividen, Kalob Green, Seth Hower, Garrett Swantek, Bryce Krieger. Row 4: Elijah Boersen, Elijah Green, Gabe Huenefeld, Aidan Pipher, Connor Lovejoy, Jacob Sandmeier.