Football: Complete game leads to season opening win


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ENDZONE CELEBRATION: Be elevated by Junior Offensive Lineman Jayce Kearn (70), Junior Wide Receiver Larenzo Fenner celebrates a score in the first quarter of the game against Central (St. Joseph). Fenner ened up with 5 receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns to help beat Central 61-21.

Story by Sarah Rellihan, Reporter

The varsity football team won their home opener Aug. 27 and first game of the 2021 season 61-21 over Central High School (St. Joseph). However, the game almost did not happen. The Indians were supposed to play the Kearney Bulldogs, but the game was cancelled due to COVID-19 quarantines. Central’s first game faced a similar situation. However, the two schools were able to coordinate and met for the first time since 2006.

The offensive slaughter was in part due to the linemen making great blocks to allow the team to gain 382 total rushing yards.The team was led by Senior Corey Olvera who rushed 121 yards on 22 carries and scored twice. Senior offensive lineman Stevie Gabb believes he can help the team succeed. 

“I hope I helped the team as much as I could have and I’ll keep trying to do as much as I can to make this team successful,” Gabb said in a Snapchat interview.

The team compiled 538 total offensive yards. Junior Lorenzo Fenner led the team with 133 receiving yards on five carries and scored twice. Senior left tackle Kale Rupniewski feels the team was connected on the field. 

“I feel like we all played as a team and were on the same page for the whole game,” Rupniewski said in a Snapchat interview.

The defense intercepted Central two times and recovered three fumbles. They held Central to 347 total offensive yards. Senior cornerback Jaeden Penamon thinks his skills will take the team far this season.

“My abilities affected last week’s game by making tackles and stepping up and making hits whenever I needed to,” Penamon said in an Instagram interview. “I know there’s a lot to work on and we all have stuff to work on but we will get it down here soon and once we do that we will be a problem for all the other teams in our conference.”

The special teams executed flawlessly with kicker Xander Shepherd being 11/11 on PATS and kicking a 39 yard field goal, scoring a total of 14 points. The football team will take on Staley High School on Sept. 3, 2021 at home. The game will start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by KFOI Sports on the NFHS Network.