Omaha North vs. Omaha Central: One of Hit News’ most intriguing opening night Class A games

Posted on August 22, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: |

By Will Cummings Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com 

This is fourth in a series of the five most intriguing Class A opening night games of the 2008 football season.  

Omaha North vs Omaha Central

    This annual crosstown rivalry between two of the top Omaha Public School football programs seems to get better with each passing year. And this year’s contest will be even more captivating as Central enters the contest looking to defend its hard earned 2007 Class A Sate Title—the first state football title by an OPS school since 1984, which was also won by the Central Eagles.     Jay Ball and Larry Martin are two of the better coaches in the state. And that’s a good thing Because, through graduation, both teams have lost some outstanding contributors from last season. Consequently, Ball and Martin and their staffs will have to burn a lot of midnight oil and spend a considerable amount of extra time on the field developing, molding, and motivating their troops in order for either one of their teams to have a chance to play in the last game of the 2008 season.     Fortunately for both teams—graduation did not leave the cupboards completely bare.

 

Omaha North Vikings

Omaha North Vikings

  Omaha North

Omaha North has the talent to beat any team on its schedule.  Leading the pack of Viking performers  will be a strong offensive line anchored by 2009 D-1 prospect James Davis (6-3, 310). Running behind Davis and company, the Vikings may have the best one-two punch backfield in Class A: Two-time state heavyweight wrestling champion Ron Coleman (5-10, 220, JR ) at FB, and slated at RB is Bryant Giles (5-10, 185, SR), who was the team’s second leading rusher last season.

If Bryant Giles, a speedy and tough back with good vision and cutback ability, manages to stay healthy and performs up to his potential, he could be a sleeper D-1 prospect for the class of 2009.”

    On defense, the vikings will miss two-time All-State nose guard Nick Phillips; however, Davis’ contribution on the D-line should help solidify things there. Coleman will also add strength at the LB spot, which may be his ultimate position at the next level. Two year starter Kendall Anderson (5-8 ,165, JR ) will provide speed and experience in the defensive backfield. 

 

Omaha Central Eagles

Omaha Central Eagles

 Omaha Central 

     The defending State Champions—despite the loss of Chris Griffin, Shaun and Shane Prater, and Ronnell Grixby—still  have the potential to repeat.  However, the lion’s share of their chances to successfully defend  their crown will depend on whether or not senior Daryle Hawkins (6-4, 175) can develop into a dominate dual threat QB.  

    Hawkins has the natural speed, quickness and athleticism to be very good.  But does Hawkins have the football IQ, toughness and leadership qualities that are necesssary to rise to the top of the pack? The Eagles desperately need Hawkins to develop into be a top producer if they are to repeat last year’s feat.

   Helping to take the load off of Hawkins, the Eagles return FB Jabari Tillman (5-9, 230, SR) , who is a pretty good blocking back and a bulldozing runner that is quite a load to handle. The Eagles also expect to have a solid O-line with seniors OL Julius Sanders (6-1, 240) and TE Marcus Hall-Oliver ( 6-1, 210) providing leadership and experienced quality play.  Hall-Oliver’s speed and experience should also supply an additional capable target for Hawkins’ air show.

     On defense, Hall-Oliver, a tough,quick and feisty defender, will lead the way as one of the state’s top DE’s, while he looks to improve upon his team leading six sacks from last year.  Behind Hall Oliver, It’s most likely that Hawkins will spend some time at DB or SF, where his speed and athleticism could be dangerous for opposing teams looking to throw on the Eagles.  Assisting Hawkins in the defensive backfield will be senior DB Julian Jones ( 5-8, 165),  a speedster and tough-nose player that will be looking to make a name for himself.  Jones may also develop into a strong contributer at the RB spot for the Eagles.

Conclusion

    The Omaha Central vs. Omaha North game is an annual pilgrimage and the highlight of the regular season for many fans. If past contest are any indication, this will certainly be a hard-hitting, big-play-making thrill ride. Where the atmosphere will be even more electric than usual as the result of Eagles being the reigning State Champions and the Vikings looking to take their crown.

    The winner will be closer to obtaining their season objectives and the loser will have to lick their wounds and regroup. And believe me, neither one of these teams has intentions of having to do any licking except the licking they give to the other on the football field.

    This game will be a tasty treat for fans: Ron “Big Blow” Coleman traking down the fast and elusive Daryle “The Hawk” Hawkins, while Marcus Hall-Oliver looks to overtake “Big J.D.” (James Davis) and Bryant Giles attempts to put on an electrifying breakout performance.

Below, vote on who will win this annual slugfest. 
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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

    By Action Force

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    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

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    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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