Cougars Fall Short for District Championship

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Cougars efforts for a district championship fell short as they lost to Wynot 52-36. They end the regular season with a 5-3 record. Their district record is 4-1. Wynot has a 7-1 mark with a 5-0 showing in district action.

Wynot used a 32 point first quarter to pull away for their16 point win. They were led by Cody Stratman who rushed for 162 yards and 4 touchdowns and caught one pass for 34 yards.

“Stratman is a very nice athlete,” said Coach Maresh. “He is not really physical, but is really quick and hard to corner.” Stratman is the defending State Champion in the Class D long jump.

Montana Riecken had a 162 yard rushing night for the Cougars. He scored 2 touchdowns. For the season he has 1344 yards and 25 touchdowns. He completed 2 of 6 for 26 yards passes with 1 interception. Benny Estrada broke a sixty yard scoring run as he led the Cougars with 143 yards.

The Blue Devil defense bottled up Northeast for most of the night. They held Marcus Hegy to just 43 yards on 17 carries. They recovered two LDNE fumbles along with one interception.

Wynot had a total of 398 yards. They ran for 258 and passed for 140 yards. Northeast came up with 309 rushing yards and only 26 passing.

Bren Shatto, Marcus Hegy, and Montana Riecken had double figures in tackling. Shatto and Hegy had 13 while Riecken had 11. Hegy Caused a fumble and had a pick six.

The Cougars made the field of 32 in the D-2 State Play Offs with their 5-3 record. Their power rating of 40.50 earned them the #11 seed in the East Bracket. They will play at #6 seed Lawrence-Nelson on Thursday. The Raiders have a 7-1 record with their only loss to 2014 State Champion Exeter-Milligan.
LDNE 6 0 8 22 -36
Wynot 32 20 0 0 -52

1st Quarter

Stratman 16 Yard TD Run 0-8
Pass good

Riecken 1 Yard TD Run 6-8
Run no good

Stratman 40 Yard TD Run 6-18
Pass Good

Stratman 34 Yard Pass Reception 6-24
pass good

Stratman 5 Yard TD Run 6-32

2nd Quarter

Sudbeck 23 Yards Pass Reception 6-38
pass no good

Wieseler 4 Yard TD Run 6-44
pass no good

Sudbeck 10 Yard TD run 6-52
Pass good

3rd Quarter

Riecken 4 Yard TD run 14-52
Riecken to Kroger good

4th Quarter

Hegy Int return 78 Yards 22-52
Riecken to Vetick good

Benny Estrada 9 Yard TD run 30-52
pass no good

Benny Estrada 60 yard td run 36-52
Riecken run good


Solo Assisted Total TFL
Hegy 5 8 13
Vetick 3 3 6
Riecken 3 8 11
Hardeman 0 1 1
Shatto 6 7 13
Christiansen 4 0 4
Kroger 3 5 9 1

Northeast Comes From Behind to Beat Emerson-Hubbard

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast football team made a major come back as they defeated Emerson-Hubbard 54-50 before a Homecoming crowd.  They trailed 50-30 going into the final quarter.  The Cougars held the Pirates scoreless while scoring three touchdowns along with the all important PATs to get the win.  The final score came on a 68 yard pass from Montana Riecken to Jon Christiansen.

Northeast jumped out to a 22 to 8 first quarter lead, but the next two quarters belonged to Emerson-Hubbard.  The Pirate outscored Northeast 42 to 8.

Both team scored 7 times, but Emerson-Hubbard was turned back the Cougar defense on the PAT three times.  Northeast got three touchdown runs from both  Riecken and Marcus Hegy and a TD reception by Jon Christiansen.   Hegy  added one PAT run while Riecken got two.  Northeast got six more points from two PAT passes to Tyler Kroger and one to Jayden Vetick.

The Cougars rushed for 313 yards, but they were well below their average with only 4.5 yard per carry.  Montana Riecken gained 124 yards on 29 carries.  Marcus Hegy rushed 34 times for 162 yards. Benny Estrada added 23 yards and Jon Christiansen gained 4.

Northeast threw seven passes.  Montana Riecken completed four.  Jayden Vetick caught one for 10 yards.  Jon C gained  84 yards on three receptions.

Riecken was the star on defense with 19 tackles , 2 TFLs.  His interception in the  fourth quarter allowed the Cougars to run out the clock. Jon Christiansen had 14, Tyler Kroger 12, and Marcus Hegy 11. Cole Christoffersen had a blocked punt.

The Cougar put themselves in a District championship game with the win.  They have a record of 5-2 with a 4-0 mark in district action.  On Thursday,  they travel to Wynot for the regular season finale.  The Blue Devils are 6-1 and also 4-0 in the district.

Defense Tackles

Solo   Asst   Total TFL
Marcus Hegy 7 4 11 0
Jayden Vetick 0 7 7 0
M. Riecken 6 13 19 2
Dustin Burgett 0 1 1 0
Benny Estrada 1 0 1 0
Tyler Hardeman 1 4 5 0
Bren Shatto 2 7 9 0
Nick Ronnfeldt 1 2 3 0
J. Christiansen 5 9 14 1
Tyler Kroger  5 7 12 0

E-H 8 22 20 0 -50
LDNE 22 0 8 24 -54

Cougars Beat Allen, Raise Record to 3-2

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

The Northeast Cougars raised their record to 3-2 with 72-6 win over  (2-3) Allen.  They are undefeated in district play with a 2-0 record.  Next up for the Maroon is (1-4) Winside in a home contest.

“We jumped on them early,” said Coach Maresh.  The Cougars scored on their first three possessions and a pick six by Montana Riecken gave them a 28-0 lead.  “It was his pure athletic ability to make a one-hand snag and return it for a TD; you cannot coach that into a player.” stated the Coach.

The junior quarterback continued to lead the offensive attack with 208 yards on the ground and passed for 106.  Riecken scored five touchdowns.

“It was a team effort.  With the big lead we got to sub a lot.  Seven players scored and everyone had a defensive tackle.”

The Cougars piled up 491 total yards.  They rushed for 374 and passed for 117. Northeast had 38 rushes for a 9.8 average.  They went 6 for 7 in passing.

Riecken carried  13 times for 208 yards.  Benny Estrada carried 10 times for 104 yards.  Marcus Hegy added 57 yards and Jacob Whitaker carried for 10 yards.

Riecken passes found Jayden Vetick twice for 36 yards and Jon Christiansen twice for 36 yards and a TD.  Tyler Kroger had a 38 yard reception.   Jacob Whitaker and Dustin Burgett teamed up for an 11 yard TD pass.

The Eagles were limited to 135 yards on the ground and 18 yards passing.  The Cougar defense held them to as meager 2.8 yards for carry and had five takeaways.  Allen completed only four of nine passes with two interceptions.

Maresh added that Marcus Hegy had a standout night.  The senior linebacker had a team-high 13 tackles, 3 being solos.  He caused and recovered a fumble.


Solo    Assisted     TFL Sack FR FC Int
Marcus Hegy 3 13 1 1
Jacob Whitaker 2 1 1
Jayden Vetick 2 5 1
Mont. Riecken 4 7 1
Dustin Burgett 1 4 .5
Benny Estrada 1
Dean Gibbs 1
Tyler  Hardeman 3 7 1 .5 1
Bren Shatto 2 9 1 .5
Joey O’Connor 1 1 1
Nick Ronnfeldt 3 .5
Jon Christiansen 4 3 1
Tyler Kroger 2 12                     1
Seth Totten 1
Cole Christoffersen 1 1

LDNE 28 24 8 12 -72
Allen 6 0 0 0 -6

1st    Quarter

Hegy 3 yard TD run 8-0
2pt no good

Riecken 10 yard run  16-0
Hegy run good

Riecken 16 yard run  22-0
Pass no good

Riecken 29 INT return  28-0
Run No good

#22 Allen 3 yard run
pass no good 28-6

2nd   Quarter

Hegy 20 yard TD run
Fumble recovery good Nick Ronnfeldt  36-6

Riecken 53 yard TD run               44-6
Hegy run good

24 yard TD pass from Riecken to Christiansen
Hegy run good   52-6

3rd   Quarter

Riecken 55 yard TD run
Riecken pass to Kroger good 60-6

4th   Quarter

Whitaker to Dustin Burgett 11 yard TD pass 66-6
pass no good

Benny Estrada 49 yard TD run 72-6
Run no good

LDNE Football Season Preview

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

With a new season under way Head Coach Dan Maresh is optimistic about his 2015 team.  The sixth year Head Coach is coming off a 2-6 season and a four game losing streak but is upbeat about his squad.  “Our low numbers have given us the opportunity to get everybody some reps in the varsity games.  Now is the time to use that experience and turn it into a positive and play as a unit.

After the upset of the playoff team from B-R the Cougars dropped their last four games. “We did not get better as the season went on.  I relate that to the practices because we were not able to push ourselves.  This year were are better from top to bottom.  There is competition for positions and our scout teams are much better.”

With five starters back the Cougars have the basis for a good team, but must replace their backfield.   Chevy Henneman closed out his career with a senior  season of  1753 total yards.  He rushed for 1103 and passed for 650 as he accounted for 19 TDs.  Dylan Hardeman  scored 11 TDs as he rushed for 673  yards and caught 15 passes.

Junior Montana Riecken moves from wide out to run the offense this year.  He made one start while Henneman recovered from mono in 2014.  He ran for 241 yards as the Cougars took a  40-14 win over Parkview.  “He’s a much better player this year as he has put on 20 pounds and knows the offense well,” declared he coach.

Marcus Hegy will be the running back for the Cougars.  Hegy had a solid season as an end during his sophomore year when the Cougars made to the second round of the playoffs.  An ALC injury wiped out his junior year.  “He getting better every practice.  He has the toughness to be a good back for us,” said Maresh.  Sophomore Dean Gibbs is a back up for Hegy.

The Cougars will field a larger line than they have in the past.  230 pound Cole Christoffersen anchors the line at center.  Home School student Tyler Kroger weighs in at 200 and plays one guard while Bren Shatto plays the other.  Coach Maresh has a pair of 200 pounders as reserves with junior Tyler Hardeman and freshman Seth Totten.

The coach looks for senior Jayden Vetick and freshman Nick Ronnfeldt to start at tight end.  Joey O’Connor and Dustin Burgett are backups.

Jon Christiansen returns at wide out.  He caught 10 passes for 170 yards and 2 TDS.  He added another 370 yards rushing.   Jacob Whittaker snagged 7 passes last year. Track speedster Benny Estrada is out for football for the first time.

Coach Maresh is hoping to play a more aggressive style of defense this year.  Christoffersen, Vetick, and Ronnfeldt will be the down line men.  Shatto and Hegy are the linebackers with Riecken, Christiansen and Burgett making up the secondary.

Northeast opens the season at Lincoln Parkview on August 28.  The Patriots were 4-4 in 2014.  They have a new QB, but all district running back Isaac Branding is back after a 574 yard season.  The defense is experienced with two good line backers.

Northeast has their home opener against Humphrey St. Francis.  A perennial power with 27 playoff appearances the Flyers are  coming off a 10-1 season with their lone loss to the eventual state champion in the playoffs.  They are reloading this season, but have quarterback Damien Baumgart returning after throwing for 9 TDs in 2014. and linebacker Cole Wemhoff an All-State candidate at linebacker.

Osmond has suffered through two season plagued by injuries.  They were 3-5 in 2014 as they relied on a lot of frosh and sophomore players.  QB Brent Johnson missed several games  but ran for 506 yards and passes for 232.  Caleb Krohn ran for 643 yards.  280 pound Max Frank is a Top 10 Talent in the offensive line.

After an open date the Cougars start district play on September 25 at Bancroft-Rosalie.  B-R is coming off a 5-4 season.  They will feature 160 pound sophomore Jacob Zuhlke at running back and all district tight end Dayne Wortman .

Allen  was 4-4 in 2014.  The Eagles have 195 pound Taylor Krumm to carry the ball, but only one returning starter in the line.

Winside broke a losing streak as they beat LDNE  52-26 last year.  They finished 1-7 and start 2015 with a new coach.

Emerson-Hubbard is the Homecoming game on October 16.  The Pirate were 5-4 lastn year.  They have  two experienced starters in Haberman and Ostrand to carry the ball  two big  blockers in the Parker -Diaz brothers to block for them.

Wynot is favored to win the district.  They won six of their nine games in 2015.  Cody Stratman, the Class D long jump champion, gives them one of the best athlete in district.  He rushed for 1984 yards and 30 TDs last year.

Cougar Season Ends With Loss to Wynot

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

Northeast’s Cougars season came to an end with a 58-44 loss to Wynot.  With as 2-6 record there will be no playoff games this season.


It was a tough year for the football team as they finished with just nine players suited up for the final game.  They lost Marcus Hegy before the season started to a leg injury.  Jon Christiansen suffered a stress fracture in the Allen game.    Bren Shatto and Charles Webb missed the last game.


Lyons-Decatur got off to a great start against Wynot.  They took the opening kickoff and marched down the field.  Chevy Henneman capped the drive with a one yard run and added the PAT to give the Cougars an 8-0 lead.

The Blue Devils would control the rest of the half.  They would score the next forty-six points.  LDNE had trouble controlling Wynot’s Cody Stratman who rushed for 211 yards on just 11 carries.  He had a73 yard TD score.


“We did not play well in the first half,”  said Coach Maresh.  “We had a rash of penalties that were drive killers.”  Northeast had 8 penalties for fifty-five yard in the game.


After (6-2) Wynot scored on their initial possession of the second half, the Cougars tried to make the most of what was left of the 2014 season.  LDNE  scored 36 points and stopped the running clock as they pulled to within fourteen point of the Blue Devils.


Dylan Hardeman broke a 50 yard run on Lyons-Decatur’s first drive.  This cut the lead to 52-14.


Chevy Henneman added eight points as he ran in from 30 yards out and punctuated it with a PAT.


In the fourth period LDNE started with a pass-catch combo of Henneman to Montana Riecken which netted a 36 yard touchdown.  This cut the lead to thirty and restored regular timing procedures.


Senior quarterback Chevy Henneman would cap off his career with two more scores.  He finished a drive with a five yard run.  His final score would come on a 55 yard romp.  With two more PATs he finished with 32 points for the night.


“We played much better in the second half,” said Coach Maresh.  “Wynot kept most of their starters in the game so we were not just scoring on subs.  I am proud of how the team kept playing hard.”


For the two seniors on the team they went out in style with great efforts.  Chevy Henneman rushed for 298 yards on 32 carries.  He passed for another 59 yards.  Dylan Hardeman rushed for 11 yards on 17 carries.  He led the defense with 10 tackles including 1 TFL.


Wynot rushed for 282 yards on 39 carries with 6 scoring runs.  They passed 22 times with 15 completions for 196 yards  and one score. They had 478 total yards. Northeast countered with 409 rushing yards and 59 passing yards for a total of 468 yards.



Wynot              22        24        12        0          -58

LDNE              8          0          14        22        -44




Carries             Yards               TDs

Chevy Henneman                     32                    298                  4

Dylan Hardeman                       17                    11                    1




Attempts          Comp.              Yards   Int.       TDs

Chevy Henneman                     10                    5                      59        1          1




Recept.            Yards               TDs

Dylan Hardeman                       1                      13                    0

Jacob Whittaker                       2                      3                      0

Jayden Vetick                           1                      7                      0

Montana Riecken                     1                      36                    1




Solo     Assisted           Total Tackles

Dylan Hardeman                       8          2                      10  1 TFL

Jacob Whittaker                       2          1                      3

Jayden Vetick                           6          3                      9

Montana Riecken                     4          1                      5

Tyler Hardeman                        1          6                      7     1 TFL

Chevy Henneman                     3          4                      7

Joey O’Connor                         0          5                      5

Cole Christoffersen                   1          4                      5

Cougars Give it Their all Against Tigers

By Clare Wiltse, Sports Contributor

A never say die bunch of Cougars gave it their all as they tried to erase a thirty-eight point deficit in the second half of their contest against Osmond.  After a dismal first half put LDNE down 36-6, two third quarter  scores by the Tigers put them up by 50-12.  The Cougars rallied for five touch downs before falling by a score of 62-46.


The eight man football game saw Osmond pick up 523 yards and the Cougars notched 559 yards.   The Tigers got 348 yards on 48 rushes and 139 passing yards on six completions.  Northeast had 366 rushing yards on 49 carries and 193 passing yards.


Chevy Henneman is returning to form after being limited in preseason practice and missing the first game because of mononucleosis.   He rushed for 214 yard on 27 carries. He passed for 193 yards with 9 completions on 14  throws.  He added another 158 yards on kick returns.  Coach Maresh added, “When he’s 100%, the other teams better watch out.”


This week is an open date for the Cougars.  This will give them a week to prepare for (2-1) Bancroft-Rosalie.  The Panthers take on Osmond this week.



LDNE              0          6          12        28        -46

Osmond           6          30        14        12        -62



Carries             Yards               TDs

Henneman                    27                    214                  3

Hardeman                    18                    133                  1

Christiansen                  4                      19



Attempts          Completions     TDs

Henneman                    14                    9                      3



Catches            Yards               TDs

Hardeman                    2                      10                    1

Riecken                        4                      88                    2

Vetick                          1                      18

Christiansen                  6                      77



Solo     Assisted           Total Tackles

  1. Hardeman                7613

Vetick                          1                      3          4

Riecken                        2                      5          7

  1. Hardeman                123

Webb                           1                      2          3

Shatto                          2                      3          5

Henneman                    6                      6          12

Christiansen                  11                    2          13


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