Archive for October, 2008

Poll: Pick Your Top ’09 Nebraska D-1 RB Prospect

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: High School Football, Polls:Open—Vote | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pick the one Nebraska high school Class of 2009 running back from the list below that you truly believe has the skills set: size, speed, strength, agility, and ability (mental and physical) to mature–over the years– into an effective D-1 RB at the next level.

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 7 & 8

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights 

#7 Grand Island VS # 10 Lincoln Southwest
(Game 7)

#15 Fremont VS # 2 Creighton Prep
(Game 8)

 


#7 Grand Island (6-3)  VS  #10 Lincoln Southwest (5-4)

Game 7

This is one of four rematches to be played in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Islanders won the regular season bout 28-14. But they better not go into this game over confident as Lincoln Southwest has improved since they last met Grand Island in the fourth game of the season.

 

The Silver Hawks  dual threat QB Rylan Cotton seems to be coming into his own and the defense is also showing signs of improvement.

 

The good news for the Islanders is their 1,000 yard rusher Curtis Hudiburgh and home field advantage.   This game is a tossup.

Islanders’
Keys To victory

Silver Hawks’
Keys To victory

The Islanders will be leaning heavily on RB Curtis Hudiburgh to carry them to victory, as well as WR Nathaniel  Zook, while QB Logan Almond controls the offense. On defense the Islanders must look to contain Cotton both on the ground and in the air. So they will need to keep an eye on his favorite target Tompkins. Rylan Cotton looms big in this contest. As he goes so too will the Silver Hawks. Fortunately,  he will have a lot of help behind him from RBs Jeff Seybold and Grant Peterson. In addition, Cotton can also turn to Ethan Tompkins, who is one of the best pass catching TEs in Nebraska. The Silver Hawks’ defense must stop  Hudiburgh on the ground and watch for the Almond to Zook hookup through the air.  

Ialanders’
Key Players To Watch

Silver Hawks’
Key Players To Watch

Curtis Hudiburgh, RB; Nataniel Zook, WR; Logan Almond, QB. Rylan Cotton, QB; Ethan Tompkins, TE; Jeff Seybold, RB; Grant Peterson, RB.


#15 Fremont (3-6) VS  #2 Creighton Prep (9-0)

Game 8

Last but not least: Game eight features Hit News’ No. 1 rated Creighton Jr. Jays, who have led our poll from preseason through the end of regular season. They should continue–barring any miracle bestowed upon Fremont–to hold the No. 1 spot after this game. But this should be the last game this year that the Junior Jays will not have to play at their absolute best for the full 60 minutes or more. 

 

Tigers’
Keys To victory

Junior Jays’
Keys To victory

The Tigers can only hope to catch Prep on an awfully bad day and at the same time they must play their best ball of the year.Perhaps head coach Kevin Meyer and/or a member of his staff can come up with some inspiring pregame speech that will lead his team to greatness. Alex Hook just needs to do what he has been doing all season–run the offense to win games. He has some great options at his disposal–his own feet and arm or by handing it off to JR RB phenom Nick Mizaur or SR Brad Heldt. And with blocking from  huge  D-1 prospects Jon Lechner, Scott Criss and Jeff Uher he should be successful with any option he chooses.The Junior Jays defense may be the best in the state. Not only do they have a great d-line they also have a very fine defensive backfield led by pick artist Jake Efferding.

 

Tigers’
Key Players To Watch

Junior Jays’
Key Players To Watch

Trevor Strong, QB; Sam Pimper, RB. Alex Hook, QB; Jon Lechner, OL, DL; Jeff Uher, OL, DL; Scott Criss, OL, DL; Jake Efferding, DB; Brad Heldt, RB.

 

Related Links: Breakdown Games 3 & 4

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 5 & 6

Posted on October 30, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#3 Lincoln North Star VS # 14 Papillion-La Vista
Game 5

#11 Millard South VS #6 Elkhorn
Game 6

 


#3 Lincoln North Star (8-1)  VS  #14 Papillion-La Vista (5-4)

Game 5

This contest features two of the most surprising teams of 2008. Before the start of the season, I doubt too many Nebraska high school football fans thought that the Lincoln North Star  Navigators would finish the regular season with only one loss. Great  job by Navigators head coach Mark Waller and his staff!  And what about the Monarchs’ head coach Jeff Govier and his staff for getting their program back to its winning tradition.

 

The Monarchs will be led by the rushing of the quick and explosive senior RB Josh lopez (992 rushing yards) and the accurate arm of junior QB Jeff Weander (ranks 2nd in Nebraska Class A in total passing yards 1632) The Navigators will count on a spread offense led by dual-threat QB Joe Hartley and RB Tyrone Lewis as well as one of the state’s best defenses to win this match-up.

One thing for sure–the winner of this game will continue to be the surprise of the year.  

 

Navigators’
Keys To victory

Monarchs
Keys To victory

Hartley is the key the Navigators’  offensive attack. He must limit  mistakes and convert on third downs. Their talented backfield will have to be productive.On defense the Navigators will have to stop a very good Monarch passing game. The first step in this process will be to get pressure on Jeff Weander. The Monarchs will lean on Jeff
Weander’s arm and the legs of Josh Lopez and the hands of one of the state’s top receivers JR Glenn Lewis (6′ 1, 165) to rack up the points. The Monarchs will have a hard time controlling the  talented athletes that run the Navigators’ spread offense, but Monarch players like D-lineman Josh Kage are going to have to step up their game to come out on top in this one.

Navigators’
Key Players To Watch

Monarchs’
Key Players To Watch

Joe Hartley, QB; Tyrone Lewis, RB; John Tatum, FB,   Jeff Weander, QB; Josh Lopez, RB; Glenn Lewis, WR; Josh Kage Ol, DL;

 


#11 Millard South (6-3)  VS  #6 Elkhorn (7-2)

Game 6

Whew boy! Rematch! There are not a lot of good feelings between these two squads and there will be  a lot of pride on the line in this game.

 

The fourth game of the season saw the Antlers  upset the Patriots in a 28-21 brawl. That win  certified Elkhorn as a legitimate Class A force, in their very first year of competing in  Class A football.


Questions: (1) What went wrong for the preseason regionally ranked (as high as #15 ) Patriots? (2) Will the sensational speedster Ty Kildow suit up and play in this game? Rumor has it that he is just waiting on clearance from the doctor.

 

Head coaches Andy Means (Millard South) and Mark Wortman (Elkhorn) and their staffs will be burning the midnight oil to pull out all of their bags of tricks for this Halloween monster of a game.

Patriots’
Keys To victory

Antlers
Keys To victory

Jr QB  Bronson Marsh has struggled this year without Kildow but he still has weapons galore with Vondrae Tostenson and Jordan Hale, who continues to have a very good senior year. They all must perform at their peak levels to win this gameThe Patriot defense should be ready for the Antlers this time, after watching the film and not underestimating their abilities. But being ready and executing are two different things–they must execute.   Elkhorn QB Jordan Poehling and RB Dan Eccles are the keys to the success of the Antlers offense. They will need to hit on all cylinders on Friday to beat the Patriots twice in one season.The defense must pressure Marsh and limit big plays by Hale and Tostenson. If Kildow plays–good luck.

Patriots’
Key Players To Watch

Antlers’
Key Players To Watch

Bronson Marsh, QB; Vondrea Tostenson, WR; Jordan Hale, RB, DB; Ty Kildow. Jordan Poehling, QB;  Dan Eccles, RB; Ryan Maloley, LB.

 

Related Links: Breakdown Games 3 & 4

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Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 3 & 4

Posted on October 29, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#5 Kearney VS #12 Westside
(Game3)

#13 Papillion-La Vista South VS #4 Omaha North
(Game 4)

 


#5 Kearney (6-3)  VS  #12 Omaha Westside (5-4)

Game 3

This is an interesting game as both the Bearcats and the Warriors are hard teams to figure out. I mean you just never have a feel for what team is going to show up when either one of these two teams plays. But this is an elimination game, so both teams had better be ready to play thier best football of the year on both sides of the ball for the full 60 minutes of the game.

 

Don’t get me wrong–whoever  wins this game is still capable of reaching Lincoln and carrying home a championship trophy. It’s all about who can get hot and stay that way for four games in a row at this time of the year!

 

Other than the fact that Bearcat head coach Brandon Cool is one of the best coaches in the state,  I don’t know much about this season’s  Bearcat team except their seemingly erratic perfromances and their number one RB Vinny Molina, who is also one of the state’s fastest sprinters. 

 

Kearney better hope that Molina doesn’t cramp up (as is the usual case) in this game because they will need a full night’s work from him to get by the Warriors.

 

The Warriors need  good performances from both QB Ron Kellogg and RB Willie Metoyer for them to pull this one out.

Kearney will be tough to beat at home!

 

Bearcats’
Keys To victory

Warriors
Keys To victory

The Bearcats will need to be multi-dimensional–with the run and the pass; convert third downs and avoid turnovers.

Defensively, the Bearcats need to contain the Warrior’s  elusive Willie Metoyer and keep pressure on Ronald Kellogg. 

RB Willie Metoyer and QB Ron Kellogg need to play to their potential in order to avoid an early exit from the playoffs. Of course they will only be as successful as their O-line, who will have their hands full with a scrappy and aggressive Bearcat defense. 

On defense the Warriors will need to contain Molina and the other RBs while also guarding against the Bearcats’ aerial attack.

Bearcats’
Key Players To Watch

Warriors’
Key Players To Watch

Jordan Moncrief, QB; Vinny Molina RB; Josh Mead, RB; Brad Albrecht, WR.

Ron Kellogg, QB; Willie Metoyer, RB, LB; Dakota McCormack, LB, TE.

 


#13 Papillion-La Vista South (5-4)  VS  #4 Omaha North  (8-1)

Game 4

A rematch game that saw Omaha North barely squeak by the Titans in a 28-21 slug out just two weeks ago. Michael Burrus pounded the Viking defense for  311 rushing yards that night to no avail as his team still came up short where it counted the most–scoreboard.

That game also saw the return from injury of starting Viking QB Steve Veith, who helped to guide a fairly balanced running and passing attack. Veith is a key cog in the Vikings high output offense–his absence in the Burke game, due to a previous injury, played a major factor in the Vikings only loss of the season.

After dissecting the film of their recent contest, both coaching staffs should have their A games ready for this Friday night’s playoff elimination game. Look for another close contest.

The fans should be treated to seeing  the performances  of two of the top running backs in the state in the form of the Titans’ Michael Burrus (1, 663 rushing yards) and the Vikings’ Bryant Giles (1, 238  rushing yards).

Titans’
Keys To victory

Vikings’
Keys To victory

The Titans could benefit by diversifying their offensive strategy with a few more passing plays. make sure to capitalize on Burrus’ pass catching abilities. They also must convert more on third downs and limit turnovers.On the defensive side of the ball, The Titans must limit Giles’ big play capability by not over pursuing on plays and taking proper angles to the ball. The key to success here is a very aggressive and punishing defense capable of producing some turnovers. Oh yea! and now you know that Veith can pass so be ready. Omaha North should play this game by the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.” Just rely on Veith to run the offense and count on the lightning and thunder backfield combo of Bryant Giles and Ronald Coleman to deliver the goods behind a strong O-line anchored by D-1 prospect  James Davis.Defensively, the Vikings must do a better job of containing Michael Burrus and they must watch out for an improving Titan passing attack.

Titans’
Key Players To Watch

Vikings’
Key Players To Watch

Deric Olson, QB; Michael Burrus, RB; Hank Kafoneck, WR; Chandler Thomas, TE; Eric Butler, RB. Bryant Giles, RB, Ron Coleman, RB, LB, DL; Steve Veith, QB; James Davis, OL;, Kendall Anderson, DB; Mitch Johnson WR.

Related Links: Breakdown Games 1 & 2

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Hit News’ 2008 Nebraska Class A Playoff Breakdown: Games 1 & 2

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Millard West VS Omaha Northwest (Game 1)

Bellevue West VS Omaha Burke (Game 2)

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights


#1 Millard West (9-0)  VS  #16 Omaha Northwest (2-7)

Game 1

First off: Congrats to Northwest for making the playoffs for the first time in 16 years. Hopefully, in the near future, this will encourage more school participation in the sport.Unfortunately, this game should provide an opportunity for Millard West to rest up some of their key players after a half or so of play.  

Wildcats’
Keys To victory

Huskies’
Keys To victory

Nebraska’s fastest sprinter, Kohlman Adema Schulte, and a very accurate QB in Nate Hauptman should inflict enough damage to seal the deal.

Stop the Huskies run game featuring Antaries Daniels and do your thing on offense and you should have things well in hand by halftime. 

Don’t get over confident—anything is possible.  That’s why they play the game.

 

The line must block for Antaries Daniels—we may never see how good this kid really is due to the Huskies perennial inequities up front–they need some beef on the line!

The defense must find a way to stop the Wildcats’ well balanced offensive attack. Good luck with that task!

 

 

Wildcats’
Key Players To Watch

Huskies’
Key Players To Watch

Kohlman  Adema-Schulte, RB; Tyler Niederlein, WR;  Nate Hauptman QB.
Antaries Daniels, RB.

 


#9 Bellevue West (6-3)  VS  #8 Omaha Burke (7-2)

Game 2

The game is a rematch between two pretty evenly matched teams. Their first game was tied 21 all late into the fourth quarter when the Thunderbirds reached into their bag of tricks with a long and perfectly executed hook and ladder play for the winning TD.

This is not the most desirable match-up for the Bulldogs as they seem to struggle most against teams that can throw the ball– the Thunderbirds’ with QB Tyler Seals and WR Greg Hardin leading the charge are the best passing team in the history of Nebraska high school football. And just when you think you are stopping the pass, out pops the Thunerbirds’ dangerously shifty David Hernandez on his way towards a long scamper.

Just as dangerous as Seals’ arm is when he throws the ball, dual-threat Burke QB Jimmie Forsythe’s lightning quick feet are just as lethal to opposing teams when he is on the run. In addition:  Kelvin Johnson, a power runner with speed; Reggie Bush–I mean Stephon Washinton and the blazzing Jake Marousek combine to provide the most explosive backfield in the state.

It will be a tall task for both defenses to contain one another.

The weather may play a key part in deciding this one:The colder and nastier the better it may be for the Dawgs. A nice calm night–as is forcasted–may be problematic for the Bulldogs unless their improving secondary steps up another notch or two.

High school football fans wishing to see some of the best skill players in the state–Don’t miss your chance to attend this game!
 

Thunderbirds’
Keys To Victory

Bulldogs’
Keys To Victory

Bulldogs are vulnerable against the pass–exploit their weakness and limit turnovers, while using the pass to set up the run.

Defensively Bellevue West needs to contain Forsythe like they did in the first meeting. At the same time the Thunderbirds can’t lose focus on all of Burke’s other weapons like Jake Marousek, Kelvin Johnson, and Stephon Washington and Lavant Moore.

That is a big “if ” with all those weapons at Burke’s  disposal.  But containing Forsythe will start the Thunderbirds in the right direction towards victory. 

If the Thunderbirds can play defensively like they did in the first half of their previous game againt the Bulldogs–it could be a long night  for Burke.

Burke must limit penalties (they rank among the most penalized teams in Class A) and turnovers. The line and the backs  must  pick up the Thunerbirds’ constant blitzing attack and/or find a way to exploit it.  Most importantly,  Forsythe must trust his arm and his feet to deliver a team victory. 

The defensive line and/or scheme must find a way to pressure Seals and defensive playmakers like  Jack SaxtonChris Lucido and Nate Anderson must play big. Don’t overlook the slashing speedster David Hernandez, who will burn you as quick as Seals’ arm.

Thunderbirds ‘
Key Players To Watch

Bulldogs’
Key Players To Watch

Tyler Seals, QB; Greg Hardin, WR, DB;  Brent Webb, DB, Tim Neal, RB: David Hernandez, RB.
Jimmie Forsythe, QB; Lavant Moore, WR; Jack Saxton, LB;  Nate Anderson, DB, RB; Chris Lucido, DB, RB; Stephon Washington, RB, DB.

 

Related Links: Breakdown of Games 3 & 4

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Hit News Final 2008 Regular Season Top Ten Nebraska HS Football Poll

Posted on October 27, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

    Hit News’ final regular season poll is indicative of how competitive the top teams in Class A have been this year. For instance, Omaha North finishes two spots ahead of Omaha Burke at #4–even though Burke is the only team to beat the Vikings this season.  And Bellevue West finishes one spot below the Bulldogs at # 7 despite their win against them.

    The biggest surprise of the season is the outstanding performance of Class A newcomer Elkhorn. They finish their first  season in Class A at  7-2 and ranked # 9 in our poll. The Antlers have as good a shot as anyone in the Top Ten to clinch the Class A title–oh my!   

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Class A Player Facing the Specter of Class B Superiority

    Oh yea! The McCook Bison still hold the #3 spot regardless of our current poll results that give them a clear edge (66% of the vote) as the fans’ No. 1 undefeated team in the state (click here to cast your vote). 

    The Class B Bison–yes! It’s a hard reality to bare that a Class B team is the best team in the state–will have to wait until after the playoffs before we determine who really deserves the mythical No. 1 2008 team title. 

    Besides–the polls are meaningless now.

Good luck to all!

 

Hit News’ Top Ten
Nebraska High School Football Teams
2008 Final Regular Season Poll

1.   Creighton Prep (9-0)
2.   Millard West (9-0)
3.   McCook (9-0)
4.   Omaha North (8-1)
5.   Lincoln North Star (8-1)  
6.   Burke (7-2) 
7.   Bellevue West (6-3)
8.   Grand Island (7-2) 
9.  
 Elkhorn (7-2) 
10. Millard South (6-3)

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Nebraska HS 2008 Class A Football Playoff Bracket

Posted on October 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

See 2008 Nebraska Class A Playoff Bracket here

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Playoff Time: The Moment Of Truth!

 

    OK! Throw out the rankings and the regular season records—now it all comes down to one elimination game at a time.  

 

    They say “you are what you are.”  The meaning in this case: A team’s record is a reflection of its talents and flaws and a strong indicator of its potential playoff performance. But unusual and unexpected things—sometimes—occur during this time of the year when the weather is cold and expectations are high and nerves are on end.  And in this year’s playoff bracket with every team, save Omaha Northwest and Fremont (sorry guys), having a realistic chance of winning every game they play—we could see more than our fair share of unexpected outcomes. Unless, of course, you believe that undefeated Creighton Prep and Millard West are superior teams headed on an inevitable collision  course pitting Nebraka’s top 2 ranked Class A teams against one another in the state finals.  


    Creighton Prep vs. Millard West would be a great final, and based on their regular season records and performances, a game that should happen. However, the strength of the Class A bracket suggests to me that one– if not both–of these teams will not reach Lincoln. On the other hand, if I am wrong, what a game it would be!

 

Coming Tuesday, October 28, ’08: Breakdown of Class A’s 8 Preliminary Games

 

 

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Hit News’ Top Ten– Week 8: Is McCook Nebraska’s Best HS Football Team?

Posted on October 22, 2008. Filed under: High School Football, Polls:Open—Vote | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Vote below for the best undefeated HS football team in Nebraska.
By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights 

Creighton Prep Still On Top

   Going into the last week of the season, Creighton Prep keeps a tight grip on the  No. 1 spot in  Hit News’ Top Ten Nebraska High School Football Team rankings.

    The Junior Jays have held the No. 1 spot since the beginning of the season.  And they solidified their hold on the top spot with last Friday’s convincing win over a very good Bellevue West squad.

    Sure! There is another 8-0 team in Nebraska that some think is the true No. 1, but for now–it looks like the Millard West Wildcats will have to prove that point in the playoffs.  However, even after the Class A playoffs are over, the debate over who is the real No. 1 team in Nebraska may not be settled.

 McCook: The Best Nebraksa HS Football Team?

   This year Class B’s McCook may truly be the best high school football team in the state!  I just wish that  we could see them play a Class A team to find out how good they really are.  If Elkhorn’s (7-2) success in Class A, after moving up this year from Class B, is any indication of how good Class B football really is–then an undefeated Class B Champion McCook would have a real good case in claiming to be 2008’s best Nebraska high school football team.

    Working in McCook’s favor for claiming the best team in the state title is a Class A playoff bracket featuring at least a dozen teams that are capable of getting hot enough to make it to Lincoln and win the whole enchilada. It’s quite possible that this year’s Class A champion may have at least a blemish or two or three on their record. 

   Of course, the above scenario would mean that both–undefeated–Class A teams Creighton Prep and Millard West would have to lose somewhere along the way. Hmm!   Stranger things have happened.

If the Class A champion is not an undefeated team and Mcook continues its devastation of their opponents throughout the playoffs–they have every right to claim the mythical No.1 2008 Nebraska HS Football Team title–at least they would get our vote!

    Let the debate begin!

Hit News’ Top Ten
Nebraska High School Football Teams
Week 8

1.   Creighton Prep (8-0)
2.   Millard West (8-0)
3.   McCook (8-0)
4.   Bellevue West (6-2)
5.   Burke (6-2)
6.   Omaha North (7-1)
7.   Grand Island (6-2)
8.   Lincoln North Star (7-1)
9.   Millard South (5-3)
10. Kearney (5-3)

 

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Will Cummings’ Life Snapshot

Posted on October 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Will Cummings In a Flash

“A quick peek at my life” 

Hometown–Columbus, Ohio.
Height 6’4″  Weight 230 lb — still at my college playing weight.

Sports Played
Football (LB, TE) all-state; Track (Shot Put) all-state; Basketball (C) all-district. I also boxed, off and and on, from age 6 – 13–and here is why:

Father
My father, William “Bill” Cummings Jr., played for Ohio State University and was a member of Woody Hayes’ first national championship team in 1954. Drafted as a DT by Cleveland Browns 1956, he went on to became a prominent figure in the sport of amateur boxing.  Among other accomplishments in the sport, he was twice selected National Amateur Boxing coach of the Year. His first national champion was Bill “Dynamite” Douglas, father of Buster Douglas–the man who pulled off the biggest upset in the history of professional boxing by knocking out Mike Tyson. 

College
Recruited by Ohio State as a LB–I had no desire to follow in my father’s footsteps. However,  fate has its ways. Eventually, I accepted a scholarship to Kansas State University.
 
To sum up my K-State adventure: my sophomore year I transferred back home to Ohio State–fate.
 
I left one of college’s worst football programs to attend a University with a winning football tradition and storied past, I paid attention to what made the difference! 

Woody Hayes Hits Clemson Player
Shortly before the infamous 1978 Gator Bowl, my father and I sat down with Woody Hayes in his office at the Buckeye training complex to solidify my transfer and to go over rules and expectations.  Approximately a week or so later, my father and I are at home watching the Gator Bowl on TV and we see Woody hit that Clemson player and grab him by the neck. Oh Woody! 
 
Woody was fired for the incident, to my fathers’ dismay–he loved Coach Hayes. 

The Woody Hayes I knew was a great man who made sure to take care of all of his players long after their playing days were over. I often had the pleasure of listening to my father and his best friend and former teammate the great Jim Parker (in my opinion still the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game) tell their stories about Woody. No matter how bad the incident–you could always see and hear the admiration and respect they had for the man.
 
Injury
In the fall of ’79 I underwent a–then–relatively new sports reconstructive surgery procedure for a torn MCL, ACL, LCL and and cartilage. 
 
The 1979 Buckeyes, under first year coach Earl Bruce, finished the  regular season undefeated and a few minutes away from a national championship title, until USC’s RB Charles White ruined our day at the Rose Bowl.

Boxing
In 1980, while rehabbing my knee, I started training boxers alongside my father.  It didn’t take long for me to make it a full-time endeavor and to forgo my football ambitions. My father became my mentor and my best friend.

The Golden Age of Boxing 
The 1970’s through mid 1980’s were considered the golden age of boxing in the USA.  The 1984 Olympic Boxing Team  is considered the greatest of all-time.  One of the gold medalist on that team was Jerry Page, who started boxing for my father at age 6. 
 
In 1984, I was selected to serve as Technical Adviser to the World International Amateur Boxing Federation President for the 1984 Olympic Games (fancy credential for a gofor, but hey–free trip to LA and the Olympics and to be in VIP!)

Later that year, I was selected the Head Coach for the International USA Boxing Team that toured Poland–at the time it was believed that at age 25 I was the youngest head coach for any USA international team. 
 
My father died in April of 1985.  A month later, I was elected to succeed my father as Commissioner of the Ohio Association Amateur Boxing Federation–it was the governing body for the sport of amateur boxing for most of the Ohio territory. 

Later that year, I retired from the position and the sport of amateur boxing.

Military Service
Joined the US Army in 1989–served in Desert Storm (1991-1992).

Children
Sons Born: William Alexander Cummings (1989) and Eric James Cummings (1990).

Moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1994.

 Community Service In Omaha

  • Former Volunteer coach for Omaha Boys and Girls Club track and Field.

  • Co-founder and former vice president of Coalition Against Injustice.

    That’s a quick tour of my crazy life.

    Of course, there is much left out and a lot of details and tie-ins to be had, but the intent here is just to give the reader a little assurance that opinions expressed and the analysis presented herein are based on a lifetime of experiences of dealing up close and personal with all levels of athletes, coaches and administrators from the beginner to the elite and through some of the legendary athletes, coaches and administrators of our time.  Evenmore so, the observations and analysis expressed herein are a reflection of all the mistakes made and lessons learned through my years.

    My involvement with the Coalition Against Injustice and other community groups should also inform you that sports is not my only concern in life.  Nonetheless, I do truly love the art of athletics.

    Inasmuch, this site is dedicated to promoting athletes, coaches and administrators that excell through their sincere efforts to be the best they can be. 

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Hit News’ Class of 2010 Watch List Season Wrap-Up

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

 Coming Soon

Class of 2010 Breakdown

 

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    Hit News will take a look at how our top preseason 2010 Early Watch List Prospects fared this season. Plus  we will also take a look to see what other Nebraska high school football players may have made a blip on the recruiting radar this year.

Below is our Preseason 2010 Prospect Watch List–we were on the money with Andrew Rodriguez as the young man form Aurora already holds an offer from the Huskers.

Hit News’ Early 2010
Nebraska HS Football Top Prospects Watch List

Ron Coleman, LB
(5-10, 220)
Omaha North

A two time state wrestling champ and holder of national wrestling titles, he is also a very aggressive hard hitting football player with a lot of upside.

Antaries Daniels, RB
(5-10, 185)
Omaha Northwest

He rushed for nearly 1000 yards during his sophomore season and may end up being one of the top RB prospects to ever come out of the state.

Lincoln Hansen, OL
(6-5, 250)
Millard North

Has the height and frame to develop into a top flight lineman.

Dion Jones, DB
(5-11, 165)
Millard North

This strong, fast athletic athlete may see early D-1 offers with a good JR year performance.

Chris Lucido, ATH
(6-0, 180)
Omaha Burke

 

He is a gifted athlete that can do it all. He also had a very productive sophomore campaign and has the size, speed and athleticism to be one of the top instate prospects for 2010.

Bronson Marsh, QB
(6-0, 175)
Millard South

An outstanding sophomore season saw this young man display the poise and toughness of a seasoned senior QB. He is on track to be the top instate QB for 2010.

Andrew Rodriguez, OL
(6-6, 300)
Aurora

My! This young man already has many national recruiting analyst drooling over his potential. Considered to be the front runner for the top instate prospect in 2010 and one of the top linemen in the country.

Chandler Thomas, TE
(6-3, 240)
Papillion-La Vista S.

HE has good hands and enough speed and blocking ability to develop into a strong D-1 candidate.

Jeff Uher, DT
(6-2, 260)
Creighton Prep

A tough kid with the frame and ability to be a solid D-1 prospect.

Stephon Washington, ATH
(5-8, 165)
Omaha Burke

If this two time state 300 meter hurdle champ with good speed can demonstrate his athleticism on the field, he will be among the state’s top prospects.
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    Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects '08/'09

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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

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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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