Lincoln Northeast vs Creighton Prep: One of the most intriguing opening night games

Posted on August 25, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit

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


Lincoln Northeast vs Creighton Prep  

    This game is an interesting feast for the eyes for several reasons: First, it will give us our first look at what we believe—at this moment—is the top team in the state—Creighton Prep. In addition, we will also get to see some of the  state’s top linemen battle it out.

   The Lincoln  Rockets’ Nebraska Cornhusker commit, Cole Pensick, and the Junior Jays’ Jon Lechner, Scott Criss and Jeff Uher will be bumping heads throughout the night.  And I am sure that there will also be a few  college scouts on hand to get a close up look at these talented linemen.

 Creighton Prep

Creighton Junior Jays

Creighton Junior Jays

    We already know that Prep has perhaps the best offensive and defensive linemen units in the state.  Even more promising, the Junior Jays also have one of the state’s top QBs in SR Alex Hook (6-2, 175). Hook returns from off-season knee surgery, from which by all reports he seems to have recovered quite nicely. Hook will be accompanied in the backfield by junior Nick Mizaur (a promising back that was hurt much of last season, who still managed to have a couple of big games including a huge playoff performance against Millard West) and senior Brad Heldt.  But if the running game is not clicking, will Hook have capable receivers on the wings to catch his throws?

    On defense, they will certainly miss last year’s core of outstanding LB’s featuring the McDermott brothers and Matt Manniniger. However, they will have one of the toughest defensive lines in the state with SR Scott Criss, and JR Jeff Uher leading the way. And Heldt will also provide some all-state type coverage in the defensive backfield.

    This is a solid group of players with one of the best coaching staffs in the state. If they can develop the right team chemistry and Lady Luck looks their way, they will have all the ingredients needed to make it to the finals and perhaps win their first title since 2004.


  Lincoln Northeast

Lincoln Norteast Rockets

Lincoln Norteast Rockets

    At the start of the season, the Rocket’s claim to fame will be DT Cole Pensick, a 6-2, 250lb Nebraska commit. Pensick is also one of two returning starters on the O-line where he plays guard and was a Nebraska Super Team All-State performer. He followed up that performance by winning the Lincoln Metro Heavyweight Wrestling Title and by winning All-Class Gold in the shot put at the 2008 State Track Meet. Needless to say, Pensick is a competitor.

    The Rockets will be breaking in a new QB, but they should have some solid returning contributers at the RB spot with senior SR Cody Pfeiffer and SR Porter Groves, an outstanding track athlete that barely missed winning All-Class Gold in the long jump at the 2008 state meet. Groves will also provide assistance on defense as one of its returning starting DBs.

   It has been reported that  Pensick will be playing LB this year, whether or not this is true we’ll soon find out.  But if that’s true,  Pensick is a pretty huge HS LB and it’s a big change form his recruited position as a DT,  where he played at last season.

    There is not much more we can say about the Rockets because they will be filling in a lot of holes. If they can find a few studs they may end up having a decent season. If not, It will be a long road back home to Lincoln and they will look ahead to a season that may seem just as long. 


    Miracles and strange things do happen—that’s why they play the game. But regardless of the outcome it is worth the price of admission to see Pensick and the Rockets bang it out against the best offensive and defensive units in the state.

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