Football Season Ends at 9-1
The 2018 Nebraska Christian Eagles football team had one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Eagles were predicted to have only two or three wins, but they did not pay too much attention those predictions.
The Eagles were 2-6 last season and lost six seniors, but that obviously had no affect on this year’s team. They began the season with a first game win against Thayer Central. From there, the Eagles just gained momentum, getting better every week and rolling over teams.
The Eagles returned key starters Noah Boersen, Toby Watson, Jake Twogood, Elijah Boersen, and Seth Hower. The team remained fairly healthy during the season with injuries to some younger guys, an early injury to junior Garrett Swantek and a mid-season injury to senior Cody Griess. Younger, less-experienced guys, such as sophomores Grant Stuhmer and Aiden Pipher, stepped into varsity roles to help the Eagles continually win, and the Eagles paved their way to the playoffs with an 8-0 record.
Junior Seth Hower said, “I expected us to have a decent season with 4 or 5 wins, but I didn’t expect us to go undefeated and win a playoff game.”
The team suffered a minor injury to starting sophomore quarterback Elijah Boersen early in the first round, but that did not stop their offense as they scored a season high 76 points. The Eagles flew their way to the second round of the state playoffs but lost a close game by a touchdown, ending the season at 9-1. When the Omaha World Herald’s final football rankings were released after the playoffs, the Eagles found themselves ranked 9th in Eight Man-1.
When asked what his favorite part of the season was, senior Jake Twogood commented, “What I liked most about this season was the tight bond we had as a team. The games were really fun to play in this year because we played for each other and for God.”