Blog: Match preview of the Class C-2 State Football Championship. (11/19/21)


Fremont Bergan quarterback Koa McIntyre could make a huge difference in this Class C-2 State Championship game.

* Tuesday November 23, Memorial Stadium / UNL, 2:30 p.m.

Fremont Bergan (12-0) v Norfolk Catholic (11-1)

* Archbishop Bergan Coaching Staff: Head Coach: Seth Mruz, Assistant: TJ Folkers, Josh Boggs, Doug Moore, Scott Painter, Dave Schrader, Brock Rogers, Kurt Marolf, Nate Pribnow.

* Norfolk Catholic Staff: Head Coach: Jeff Bellar, Assistant: Nate Kassbaum, Todd Pospisil, Jason Konicek, Jordon Bellar, Travis Fisher.

* Last year in the Playoffs, Fremont Bergan lost to Ord 28-7 in the C-2 Championship game. Norfolk Catholic was beaten by Thomas Aquinas 27-10 in the first round in C-2

Team statistics;

* Precipitation course: Norfolk Catholic – 273.2, Bishop Bergan – 229.5.

* Overtaking sites: Archbishop Bergan – 174.8, Catholic Norfolk – 99.5

* Total yards: Archbishop Bergan -404.3, Catholic of Norfolk – 372.7

Individual statistics;

* Archbishop Bergan *:

*Who passed: # 6 Koa McIntyre 110 of 188 (58.5%) for 1,869 yards / 29 TDs, 4 INTs.

*To rush : # 6 Koa McIntyre-1 240-133 (9.4) / 16 TDs, # 3 Jarrett Boggs 620-83 (7.5) / 11 TDs.

* Reception: # 7 Kade McIntyre 33 catches for 813 yards / 12 TDs, # 15 Lucas Pruss 28 for 569 with 6 TDs, # 10 Alex Painter 18 catches for 239 yards / 4 TDs, # 3 Jarrett Boggs 15 catches for 183 yards / 3 TDs

* Attacks: # 3 Jarrett Boggs 88 Total (37 solos, 51 assists, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 3 FR), # 7 Kade McIntyre-57 (26 solos / 51 assists, 4 sacks, 1 FR), # 5 Cal Janke-55 ( 23 solos / 32 assists, INT, 2 FR), # 63 Owen Pruss 43 (16 solos, 27 assists, 5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 Fumble recoveries), # 52 Carson Ortmeier 43 (17 solos, 26 assists)

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* Norfolk Catholic *:

*Who passed: # 15 Carter Janssen 83 of 130 (63.8%) for 1,137 yards / 12 TD / 4 INT.

*To rush : # 6 Karter Kerkman-1 692-226 (7.5) / 22 TDs, # 22 Kanyon Talton 569-66 (8.6) / 6 TDs, # 15 Carter Janssen-560-94 (6.0) 6 TDs.

* Reception: # 2 Kelly Brennen 31 for 435/6 TDs, # 1 Mason Timmerman 15 for 230 yards / 2 TDs, # 4 Preston Burbach 12 for 218/3 TDs

* Attacks: # 58 Kade Piper-108 Total (47 solos / 61 assists with 7 sacks, 2 FR), # 57 Caden Arens 105 (34 solos / 73 assists, 3 sacks, 1 FR), # 2 Kelly Brennen 93 (37 solos, 56 assists, 4 INT), # 1 Mason Timmerman 92 (36 solos, 56 assists, 7 INT).

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Team records:

Bishop Bergan (12-0)

35 Yutan 7

38 GICC 8

45 Lincoln Lutheran 25

62 Omaha Concordia 6

49 David City High 6

40 David Ville d’Aquin 0

69 Tekamah-Herman 6

56 Oakland-Craig 21

49 Ponca 14

* Qualifiers

45 Oakland-Craig 20

40 David Ville d’Aquin 0

20 or 0

Norfolk Catholic

Norfolk Catholic points scored-364-165 opponents points scored

(Archbishop Bergan 45.5 ppg – Opponents 10.7 ppg)

Norfolk Catholic (11-1)

17 Boone Central 39

27 Wahoo Neumann 24

30 or 7

20 Oakland-Craig 14

38 Ponca 0

18 years 14

53 BRLD 3

41 Crofton 13

27 Hartington Cedar Catholic 20

* Qualifiers

35 Crofton 6

20 Hartington Cedar Catholic 13

35 Wilber-Clatonia 12

Bishop Bergan

Bishop Bergan points scored-546-128 opponents points scored

(Norfolk Catholic 30.3 ppg – Opponents 13.8 ppg)

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…… ..It should be quite a battle between two very well trained football teams. My 2020 Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame classmate Jeff Bellar has his Norfolk Catholic Knights back in the championship football game after a 4-year absence to face a team of Archbishop Bergan who just played a C-2 title match a year ago.

Archbishop Bergan offers a very balanced offensive attack, punctuated by 1000/1000, Wyoming promises Koa McIntyre. Catholic relies more on the running game, as evidenced by junior Karter Kirkman’s 1,692 rushing yards.

In defense, a glaring statistic is that of the tackles made by Norfolk Catholic DEFENSIVE LINE. The Knights’ two main stopers are a defensive end (Kade Piper) and a defensive tackle (Caden Arens), both of whom have over 100 tackles each this season. You don’t see this very often.

Catholic will have a definite size advantage in both lines, but Bergan will counter with blazing speed in the positions of competence.

An interesting score comparison, if that means anything, is that of the Oakland-Craig games. Bergan had little trouble sending O / Cs in their two encounters, 56 = 21 and 45-20, while the Knights had to work hard to push back the “other” Knights 20-14.

On the other side of the coin, Catholic handled Ord fairly easily 30-7 early in the season while Bergan had his tightest game of the year (20-0) with the Chants in the C semifinal. -2.

Now we are back where we started.

All that aside, it should be a top notch clash between a Fremont Bergan side who feel they have unfinished business against a Catholic Norfolk side who have improved with every outing since that opening season loss to Boone Central.

One thing I CAN guarantee in this game is that the Knights will be the winner when all the smoke clears.


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