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Thursday (10/18/2018)

Adams Central 42, Cozad 7
Anselmo-Merna 88, Loomis 44
Arapahoe 52, Alma 50
Auburn 48, Falls City 0
Battle Creek 40, Crofton 0
Bertrand 62, Pleasanton 26
Bloomfield 24, Hartington-Newcastle 21
Boys Town 43, Omaha Concordia 21
Brady 56, Maxwell 26
Cambridge 55, Hitchcock County 22
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Columbus 24, Omaha Northwest 20
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East Butler 40, Omaha Brownell Talbot 0
Elgin Public/Pope John 56, Winside 14
Elmwood-Murdock 36, Palmyra 22
Eustis-Farnam 70, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 32
Fullerton 42, Shelton 6
Garden County 1, Wallace 0 (Forfeit)
Harvard 54, Hampton 0
Hyannis 38, Crawford 33
Johnson-Brock 52, Falls City Sacred Heart 46
Kenesaw 82, Giltner 22
Kimball 44, Bayard 42
Lawrence-Nelson 1, Franklin 0 (Forfeit)
Lourdes Central Catholic 70, Weeping Water 22
Lutheran High Northeast 50, Neligh-Oakdale 26
Millard South 14, Omaha Westside 13
Mullen 41, Paxton 8
North Central 72, Ainsworth 14
Omaha North 55, Bellevue East 14
Osmond 62, Riverside 32
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Southern 46, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 14
Sterling 67, Dorchester 29
Sutherland 60, Morrill 12
Twin Loup 40, St. Mary's 26
Wausa 50, Randolph 42
Wilcox-Hildreth 44, McPherson County/Stapleton 6

Friday (10/19/2018)

Aquinas Catholic 31, Shelby-Rising City 14
Arcadia-Loup City 40, Elm Creek 12
Archbishop Bergan 50, Tekamah-Herman 14
Arthur County 61, Potter-Dix 16
Aurora 47, Central City 22
Axtell 62, Blue Hill 30
BDS 46, Thayer Central 12
Bellevue West 48, Omaha Central 0
Bishop Neumann 42, Wayne 8
Bridgeport 33, Hershey 19
Broken Bow 41, Centura 30
Burwell 48, Ansley-Litchfield 0
Centennial 53, Twin River 18
Central Valley 52, Stuart 30
Chadron 30, Gering 17
Chase County 7, Ogallala 6
Cody-Kilgore 46, South Platte 6
Columbus Lakeview 48, Raymond Central 0
Deshler 51, Lewiston 13
Diller-Odell 48, Meridian 26
Douglas County West 42, Arlington 7
Dundy County-Stratton 52, Southwest 8
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 46, Cross County 28
Elkhorn 28, Fremont 16
Elkhorn South 21, Creighton Preparatory School 20
Emerson-Hubbard 22, Clarkson/Leigh 20
Fairbury 34, Fillmore Central 13
Fort Calhoun 27, Platteview 21
Freeman 34, Conestoga 0
Grand Island 24, Lincoln East 3
Gretna 21, Millard North 19
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 36, Winnebago 0
Hartington Cedar Catholic 36, Stanton 8
Hay Springs 40, Sioux County 19
Heartland Lutheran 78, Silver Lake 12
Hemingford 60, Perkins County 12
Homer 68, Omaha Nation 0
Howells-Dodge 64, Madison 20
Humphrey St. Francis 54, Plainview 6
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 85, Santee 20
Johnson County Central 59, Syracuse 8
Kearney 31, North Platte 7
Kearney Catholic 74, Holdrege 28
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 74, Elkhorn Valley 20
Lexington 28, Alliance 13
Lincoln High 43, Lincoln Southwest 3
Lincoln Lutheran 26, Ashland-Greenwood 21
Lincoln Pius X 55, Omaha South 14
Lincoln Southeast 28, Lincoln Northeast 14
Maywood-Hayes Center 41, Red Cloud 27
Mead 62, Cedar Bluffs 20
Milford 14, Doniphan-Trumbull 13
Millard West 49, Lincoln North Star 10
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Minden 41, Southern Valley 0
Mount Michael Benedictine 38, Bennington 35
Nebraska Christian 64, Palmer 22
Nebraska City 56, Lincoln Christian 53
Norfolk 59, Omaha Benson 12
Norfolk Catholic 49, Ponca 28
North Bend Central 34, David City 16
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Omaha Burke 42, Papillion-LaVista 13
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 37, Blair 29
Omaha Skutt Catholic 34, Norris 7
Ord 10, Gothenburg 7
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Overton 58, Elwood 20
Papillion-LaVista South 52, Omaha Bryan 6
Pierce 49, Boone Central/Newman Grove 7
Plattsmouth 35, Gross Catholic 14
Ravenna 62, Heartland 18
Schuyler 35, South Sioux City 20
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Seward 55, Beatrice 13
Sidney 30, Mitchell 7
Spalding Academy 95, Elba 14
St. Paul 48, Grand Island Central Catholic 6
Superior 10, Sandy Creek 0
Sutton 54, Hastings St. Cecilia 0
Valentine 21, ONeill 6
Wahoo 40, Columbus Scotus 14
Wakefield 50, Wisner-Pilger 8
Walthill 66, St. Edward 13
Wauneta-Palisade 60, Leyton/Banner County 24
Waverly 49, Ralston 21
West Holt 41, Niobrara/Verdigre 6
West Point-Beemer 40, Logan View/Scribner-Snyder (LVSS) 26
Wilber-Clatonia 38, Malcolm 0
Wood River 43, Gibbon 33
Wynot 42, Allen 38
York 43, Crete 13
Yutan 13, Louisville 0


Lincoln - The Nebraska football team exorcised its demons to thwart a second-half Minnesota comeback attempt and roll to a 53-28 win over the visiting Gophers on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Huskers scored early and often against a Minnesota defense that stymied and slowed No. 3 Ohio State's high-powered offense last week, as Nebraska notched its first win of the season to the delight 89,272 fans in the 365th consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium. Roars of "Go Big Red" echoed through the crowd to cheer the Huskers off the field following Coach Scott Frost's first victory as Nebraska's head coach.

Nebraska's 25-point win included several stat lines that stirred the echoes of days of Husker past, including three Big Red rushers each rolling up more than 100 yards on the afternoon. Senior running Devine Ozigbo erupted for 152 yards on just 12 carries with two long touchdown runs, including a career-long 59-yarder, to set the tone in the first half.

True freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez sprinted for a career-high 125 yards and a score on just 15 carries, including a career-long 57-yard run.

Fellow freshman Maurice Washington completed the triple 100-yard day for Big Red backs with 109 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. His three-yard plunge late in the game capped the most explosive offensive day for the Huskers since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2011. The last time Nebraska featured three 100-yard rushers came in a 56-21 win at Washington on Sept. 18, 2010, when quarterback Taylor Martinez and running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead each went over the century mark.

In fact, the 53 points scored by the Huskers were their most against a Big Ten foe since joining the conference and the most against any conference team since scoring 56 at Big 12 foe Kansas State on Nov. 15, 2008. It marked the most points scored by Nebraska against a Big Ten team since hanging 66 on Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30, 2000.

Overall, Nebraska rolled up a season-best 659 yards of total offense, including 383 rushing yards on just 43 carries, averaging 8.9 yards per carry on the afternoon.

Adrian Martinez amassed more than 400 yards of total offense for the third time in six games to open his career, completing 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. After completing 16-of-19 passes in the first half, Martinez went 9-for-10 passing for 152 with two touchdowns in the second half. He finished with 401 total yards, and his three games with more than 400 total-offense yards ties the Nebraska individual career record set by Joe Ganz.

Senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. also had a huge day, hauling in a career-best 10 receptions for 163 yards and two scores, including a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach for the Huskers. Sophomore JD Spielman added eight catches for 77 yards and a score of his own.

While the offense shined, the defense stood strong against several Golden Gopher penetrations into the red zone. On the opening play of the fourth quarter, Minnesota tried to cut into Nebraska's 36-22 lead on 4th-and-Goal from the NU 3, but Dicaprio Bootle broke up Tanner Morgan's pass attempt to Chris Autman-Bell.

Then Martinez and the Husker offense went on a 14-play, 82-yard march that consumed 7:03 off the clock and culminated with Barret Pickering's 32-yard field to give Nebraska a 39-22 lead.

The Husker faithful erupted after the Pickering field goal and breathed a collective sigh of relief, but Minnesota was back on the Big Red's doorstep seconds later after Demetrius Douglas' 87-yard kickoff return to the NU 13. Minnesota started with a short field and 7:39 on the clock, but after a short pass was complete from Morgan to Autman-Bell, Blackshirt defensive back Aaron Williams deflected a Morgan pass that was intercepted by Blackshirt linebacker Dedrick Young II in the end zone to silence a golden opportunity for the Gophers.

Instead of trying to milk the clock, the attacking Husker offense ended any late comeback hopes for Minnesota. After a 13-yard run by Washington on the second play of the ensuing drive, Martinez hit a streaking Stanley Morgan down the middle of the field for a 67-yard touchdown that sent Nebraska fans dancing in the aisles.

Linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 11 tackles on the afternoon, while safety Tre Neal contributed 10 stops and senior linebacker Luke Gifford added nine. Young pitched in seven tackles to go along with his interception.

The Huskers put together their best half of football this season, jumping out to a 28-0 lead before Minnesota got a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the final minute, as Nebraska took a 28-8 lead to the locker room at halftime.

The Huskers were on the attack from the opening kickoff, sprinting 75 yards in seven plays capped by Ozigbo's 40-yard touchdown run to give the Big Red a quick 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

Minnesota crossed midfield on its opening drive and appeared to tie the score on Rashod Bateman's 37-yard touchdown catch from Annexstad with 8:13 left in the opening quarter. However, that play was wiped out by the first accepted holding call by a Husker Big Ten opponent on a passing play in the last 22 games. The Blackshirts capitalized, forcing a punt on 4th-and-24 by the Golden Gophers.

The two defenses then exchanged stops, before Martinez and the Huskers went back to work. After a pair of short completions to Morgan and Spielman gave Nebraska a first down, Washington sprinted 17 yards to the NU 41 for another first down. On the next play, Ozigbo uncorked the longest run of his career and the longest run from scrimmage by a Husker this season, galloping 59 yards to paydirt to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter.

The Huskers went to the second quarter without committing a penalty, the first time they played a penalty-free quarter this season.

In the second quarter, Martinez and the Huskers kept rolling by flying 85 yards in nine plays capped by a three-yard touchdown run from Martinez to push their lead to 21-0 with 11:40 left in the half. At the time, it was Nebraska's biggest lead of the season but that mark would grow later in the quarter when Martinez hit Spielman on a nine-yard touchdown strike to cap a five-play, 72-yard drive to give the Big Red a 28-0 lead. The quick drive by Nebraska included a 57-yard run by Martinez, the longest run of his career.

Nebraska finished the half with 398 yards of total offense on 41 plays, including 274 rushing yards on 21 carries. Ozigbo led the Big Red with 139 yards on just seven carries, while Martinez added 89 yards on nine carries. Washington contributed 46 yards on five totes in the half.

Martinez went 16-of-19 for 124 passing yards and a score in the opening 30 minutes.

The Blackshirts held Minnesota to 172 total yards on 38 first-half plays, with 68 of those yards coming on the Gophers' final drive of the half. The Huskers led at the half despite Minnesota owning a 16:28-13:32 edge in time of possession and a massive 38-16 edge in average starting field position for the Gophers in the first half.

For the game, Minnesota finished with a slight 30:58-29:02 edge in time of possession, but the Gophers still finished with an overall starting field position edge for the game of 38-19.

While the Huskers have struggled in the turnover and penalty departments throughout the first half of the season, Nebraska played Minnesota even in turnover margin with both teams committing just one turnover. Meanwhile, Nebraska was flagged for a season-best six penalties for a season-low 43 yards. Minnesota committed eight penalties for 80 yards.

Nebraska will shoot for its second straight home win next Saturday when the Huskers play host to Bethune-Cookman. Kickoff against the Wildcats is set for 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium with live TV coverage by BTN.

Game Summary
Nebraska 53, Minnesota 28
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Attendance: 89,272

First Quarter (14-0)
13:04 - NEB - Devine Ozigbo 40 run (Barret Pickering kick), 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:56, NEB 7-0
1:25 - NEB - Ozigbo 59 run (Pickering kick), 4 plays, 90 yards, 1:10, NEB 14-0

Second Quarter (28-8)
11:40 - NEB - Adrian Martinez 3 run (Pickering kick), 9 plays, 85 yards, 3:08, NEB 21-0
1:58 - NEB - JD Spielman 9 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 5 plays, 72 yards, 2:25, NEB 28-0
0:52 - MINN - Demetrius Douglas 13 pass from Zack Annexstad (Matt Morse 2PAT run), 8 plays, 68 yards, 0:59, NEB 28-8

Third Quarter (36-22)
13:49 - MINN - Mohamed Ibrahim 1 run (Carpenter kick), 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:11, NEB 28-15
7:22 - MINN - Seth Green 4 run (Carpenter kick), 8 plays, 79 yards, 3:48, NEB 28-22
6:04 - NEB - Stanley Morgan Jr. 35 pass from Martinez (Morgan 2PAT pass from Martinez), 4 plays, 74 yards, 1:12, NEB 36-22

Fourth Quarter (53-28)
7:53 - NEB - Pickering 32 FG, 14 plays, 82 yards, 7:03, NEB 39-22
5:19 - NEB - Morgan 67 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:33 NEB 46-22
4:14 - MINN - Tanner Morgan 9 run (Morgan 2PAT run failed), 3 plays, 44 yards, 1:01, NEB 46-28
1:57 - NEB - Maurice Washington 3 run (Pickering kick), 5 plays, 32 yards, 2:16, NEB 53-28


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dropped a hard-fought road match at No. 3 Minnesota, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 18-25), on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 5,467 at Maturi Pavilion.

The Huskers (15-5, 6-4 Big Ten) got off to a strong start with a decisive win in the first set. After trailing by eight in set two, the Huskers came all the way back and held a 23-22 lead, but momentum shifted after the Gophers scored three points to end the set. Minnesota (16-2, 10-0 Big Ten) thwarted another Husker comeback attempt in a deuce game in set three, and the Gophers pulled away in the fourth set.

Nebraska is the first team to take a set off the Gophers on their home court this season, and the Huskers are the only Big Ten team to win a set against the Gophers, which they've done twice, through the midway point of the conference schedule.

Mikaela Foecke had 17 kills and 10 digs, while Jazz Sweet had 13 kills. Lauren Stivrins matched her career high with 12 kills and hit .423, and Lexi Sun and Callie Schwarzenbach each had eight kills. Nicklin Hames had 54 assists and 12 digs to guide the Huskers to a .210 hitting percentage. Kenzie Maloney tied her career high with 25 digs.

Minnesota got 20 kills on .404 hitting and 14 digs from Adanna Rollins. Stephanie Samedy added 13 kills. The Gophers hit .253 and had just 13 attack errors, while the Huskers endured 25.

Set 1: Megan Miller made her first start since Sept. 14 and served a 5-0 run that included an ace to put the Huskers ahead 11-8. A kill by Foecke and a Minnesota hitting error increased the lead to 13-8. Schwarzenbach blasted a kill and combined with Sun for a block, then Foecke served an ace to make it 20-14 Huskers. A trio of Husker hitting errors and a kill by Hart cut the lead to 20-18, but Sun earned sideout for the Huskers and Sweet and Stivrins followed with kills for a 23-18 Husker lead. Sun's fourth kill earned the Huskers set point at 24-19, and a Sun and Stivrins block ended it in NU's favor, 25-19. NU had three aces and allowed none and out-hit the Gophers .211 to .098.

Set 2: The Gophers claimed a 10-5 lead after three straight kills and a Husker hitting error. Minnesota pushed the lead to 16-8 after its third ace of the set and a block. After a timeout, the Huskers went on a 6-0 run with Hayley Densberger serving. Stivrins had kills on three straight rallies, and Hames added a kill to pull the Big Red within 16-14. Trailing 20-18, Nebraska got three straight kills from Foecke to go ahead 21-20 and cap a 13-4 Husker run. The teams traded sideouts to 23-23, but Minnesota gained set point at 24-23 after stuffing a Husker attack. A Husker hitting error gave Minnesota the 25-23 win.

Set 3: Minnesota carried the momentum from its set two win into set three, taking a 7-1 lead. The Huskers answered with a 9-4 spurt to pull within 11-10 after Schwarzenbach found the corner. Sun blasted a kill from the left side to draw the Huskers even at 14-14, but nine straight sideouts followed before Minnesota gained a 21-18 edge after winning consecutive long rallies. But Foecke and Sun notched kills, and Sun teamed with Schwarzenbach for a block to level the score at 21-21. Minnesota went back up 23-21 before a Sweet kill, but the Gophers then gained set point at 24-22. Sweet placed a shot to the back of the court to make it 24-23, but Hart connected for Minnesota after a timeout for another 25-23 win.

Set 4: Stivrins and Foecke combined for four early kills, and Hames had one as well as an ace to lift the Huskers to a 6-4 lead. The Gophers came back to take a 12-11 lead, but Foecke posted a pair of kills to regain the lead for NU. Hart then answered for Minnesota with back-to-back kills, and later a Gopher ace increased their lead to 16-14. The Gophers pulled away to a 22-16 lead with a 6-1 run, keyed by two service aces and a pair of kills, and finished the match with a 25-18 win.

Up Next: The Huskers play their fourth straight match on the road, at Ohio State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on BTN and will air on the Husker Sports Network.


The McCook Community College volleyball team lost for the first time at home this season Friday losing a four-set match to No. 19 ranked Western Nebraska Community College. MCC came out and won the first set 25-17 but the Cougars won the next three by the scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 28-26.

“We just gave it away to them in the fourth set,” MCC Coach Hayley Kobza said. “We had 13 hitting and service errors.”

Freshman Faith Simpson (Palisade) led MCC with 18 kills. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Evans, Colo.) had 10 kills. Sophomore Ty Johnson (Conroe, Texas) had six kills.

Sophomore Hannah Emerson (Greeley, Colo.) had five kills and four block assists. Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had five kills and sophomore Ashley Carson (Ord) had one solo block and two assist blocks.

“Tonight was not what we planned,” Kobza said. “We need to come in and get to work Tuesday.”

Western Nebraska improves to 23-7 on the year. The Cougars already clinched the Region IX south division and closed out the standings at 9-1.

MCC is 19-11 overall and 3-6 in the Region IX south division standings with one game remaining on the season, a 7 p.m. Tuesday match at home with Region IX foe Northeastern Junior College, a team ranked 20th in the nation. NJC is 20-6 overall and 6-3 in Region IX south play.

Tuesday will be the final home match for seven MCC sophomores including: Ashley Carson, Brooklyn Evans (Ogden, Utah), Onyessah Rocha, (Topeka, Kan.); Ty Johnson; Ryan Maddera; Hannah Emerson; and Haley Jacobsen (Littleton, Colo.)

For more photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:

You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


Alma, NE- The season was on the line for the Arapahoe Warriors as they needed a must win if they wanted a spot in the playoffs.  It was a game that ended up being a high scoring shootout as both teams together put up a 102 total points.  This game had onside kicks, fake punts that would lead to first downs and then eventually touchdowns.  Arapahoe gets the win 52-50.  Arapahoe improves to 5-3 on the year and will wait to see if they sneak into the playoffs which will be released Saturday morning.


Scoring Drive


1st Q - 9:32 - 48yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Colton Hearn - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 8-0


1st Q - 6:16 - 4yd TD run by Tyson McCurdy - Two Point Conversion Good - Tied 8-8


1st Q - 4:12 - 4yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 14-8


1st Q - 1:07 - 9yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Tied 14-14


2nd Q - 9:22 - 11yd TD pass Daylan Russell to Ehren Smolik - Two Point Conversion Good - Alma 22-14


2nd Q - 6:01 - 5yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Tied 22-22


2nd Q - 2:36 - 16yd TD pass Carson Schroeder to Yordi Gutierrez - Two Point Conversion Good- Arapahoe 30-22


2nd Q - 19.6 - 13yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 30-28


3rd Q - 6:40 - 7yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 36-28


3rd Q - 3:49 - 52yd TD pass Daylan Russell to Nathan Hock - Two Point Conversion Fails - Arapahoe 36-34


4th Q - 11:19 - 2yd TD run by Gentry Anderson - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 44-34


4th Q - 10:27 - 14yd TD run by Daylan Russell - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 44-42


4th Q - 9:05 - 55yd TD run by Antonio Hudson - Two Point Conversion Good - Alma 50-44


4th Q - 1:15 - 2yd TD run by Carson Schroeder - Two Point Conversion Good - Arapahoe 52-50

Dustin Kronhofman


NORTH PLATTE – The McCook Community College volleyball team swept North Platte Community College Wednesday night in three setsw, 25-17, 25-11, 25-20.


The win capped a perfect run through the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference sweeping, North Platte, Central CC and Southeast CC as the Lady Indians finished with a 6-0 conference mark.


Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 12 kills and one ace. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Greeley West High School, Colo.) had 11 kills.


Freshman Mallory Brown (Colorado Springs) had four kills, two assist blocks and one solo block. Sophomore Hannah Emerson (Greeley West High School, Colo.) had eight kills and three assist blocks.


North Platte finishes the regular season at 13-18.


MCC, now 19-10, returns to the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center Friday where the Lady Indians are 8-0 this year. The will take on Region IX perennial powerhouse and 19th-ranked Western Nebraska (21-7) at 6 p.m. Friday will be McCook Banking Night along with “Free Popcorn Night” courtesy of the MCC Indians Boosters. The MCC International Club is having a bake sale as well.


The Lady Indians wrap up the regular season Oct. 23 at home against 20th ranked Northeastern Junior College (20-5) starting at 7 p.m.


For photos from MCC’s home volleyball games check out individual game photo galleries in the Fan Zone on the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


You can follow all MCC home games “live action” or “archived games” via live streaming this season “Tribe Watch” available in the Fan Zone section of the McCook Community College Indian Athletics web page:


LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)

TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, James Laurinaitis, Lisa Byington)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 94, XM 195
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

Record: 0-6, 0-4 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Northwester, 34-31 (OT)
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-12 (3rd Year)/0-6 (1st Year) 
vs. Minnesota: 0-0

Record: 3-3, 0-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Ohio State, 30-14
Rankings: NR
Coach: P.J. Fleck
Career/Minnesota Record: 38-32 (6th Year)/8-10 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 1-0

The Matchup
Nebraska begins a stretch of four home games in five weeks on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers play host to Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. The Big Ten West Division matchup is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff with the game televised on BTN. The contest can also be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska heads into the contest looking for its first win of 2018 following a 34-31 overtime loss at Northwestern on Saturday. Nebraska took a two-touchdown lead early in the fourth quarter, but saw the Wildcats storm back to defeat the Huskers on an overtime field goal. The Nebraska offense was productive again, rolling up better than 480 yards for the third straight game.

Minnesota will come to Lincoln with a 3-3 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Gophers were victorious in each of their three non-conference games before dropping their three Big Ten games, including a 30-14 loss at Ohio State last Saturday. The Gophers have leaned on a strong defense in the first half of the season, allowing 354.2 yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. Minnesota Coach P.J. Fleck is in his second season at the helm of the Gopher program.

This Week's Numbers
100 -
 Sophomore receiver JD Spielman is five receptions from becoming the 12th Husker with 100 career receptions. Spielman would be the first Husker to reach that milestone before his junior season. Spielman has 27 receptions over the past three games.

2 - Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez is one of two players in the country averaging 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game, joining Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

150 - Running back Devine Ozigbo has topped 150 rushing yards in two of the past three games. Ozigbo had 159 yards and two touchdowns at Northwestern, two weeks after a career-high 170 yards against Purdue.

Nebraska-Minnesota Series

• Nebraska has played Minnesota more than any other Big Ten opponent. The series has featured 58 all-time meetings, including 51 prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten in 2011.

• Nebraska and Minnesota played 19 straight seasons between 1934 and 1952 and met for eight straight seasons between 1967 and 1974.

• Nebraska won 16 straight games in the series between 1963 and 2012, before a Minnesota win in 2013.

Husker Offense Hopes to Sustain Momentum Against Gophers
Head Coach Scott Frostand his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown an improved offense in 2018, with the ability to be explosive.

Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado. Nebraska had back-to-back 500-yard games in Big Ten play, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin. 

• Nebraska averages 440.5 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007.

• The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. 

• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015. 

Offense Hopes to Sustian Momentum at Wisconsin
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown signs this season of an explosive offense, beginning with its effort in the opener with Colorado when NU had 565 yards of total offense.

Nebraska has posted back-to-back conference games with better than 500 yards of total offense, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at Wisconsin. 

• Nebraska averages 432.2 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the air marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. 

• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015. 

Huskers Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past three games. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue, had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin before also topping 250 yards at Northwestern.

• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games were its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State in 2017.

• The Huskers are averaging 247.8 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.  

NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing attack this season. 

• Nebraska had 231 rushing yards at Northwestern, marking the fourth time in 2018 the Huskers topped 180 rushing yards. NU is averaging 192.7 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the Big Ten. 

• The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State. 

• The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014. 

• Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016. 

• Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers against Colorado. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.'

• Nebraska has added two more 100-yard games, with Devine Ozigbo topping 150 yards against both Purdue and Northwestern. 

• Ozigbo's career-high 170 rushing yards against Purdue were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014.

B1G Receiving Duo
Spielman and Morgan were at their best in conference play in 2017. Spielman and Morgan ranked first and second, respectively, in the Big Ten last season in receiving yards per play in conference play.

Spielman led the league with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference-only games, while Morgan averaged 85.9 yards per game in league play. They were the only returning Big Ten players who averaged at least 59 receiving yards per game in Big Ten play last season.

• Both Spielman and Morgan are back among the league leaders in 2018. Spielman ranks third in the league in receiving yards in all game and is second in Big Ten games at 106.3 yards per game.

• Morgan ranks 10th in the conference in receiving yards per game.


Two McCook Community College student athletes have been named the first winners of scholarships established to recognize team players.

Ron Rice, a sophomore from Hudson High School in New York playing for the men’s basketball team has been named winner of the Myron Mingo Male Teammate of the Year. Volleyball player Ashley Carson, Ord, has been named the Holly Myers Female Teammate of the Year.

The teammate scholarship awards were named in honor of Mingo, who was a men’s basketball player killed during Christmas break, 2008 at his home in Marksville, La. Myers was a volleyball player who died July 17, 2017 as a result of a motor-vehicle accident.

In addition, Sam Hinkle, Rifle, Colo., was named teammate of the year for women’s basketball. Cameron Lampe, Windsor, Colo., was named teammate of the year for men’s golf and Kayla Harrison, Richmond, British Columbia, was named teammate of the year for softball.

The scholarships were part of decade-long quest to “do something significant” with money inherited by Kelvin and Leigh Ann Miller. With the help of key teammates in community, they were able to establish scholarships at McCook Community College honoring two former athletes known for being team players.

Mingo was an innocent bystander who was killed Dec. 22, 2008, by a 9 mm bullet which ricochet off the floor at a lounge where a convicted felon and another man were struggling with the gun during an argument and it went off.

“Myron was 25 – just a young man trying to get his life back on the right track and came to McCook Community College to begin that process and was on his way -- but his life was cut short,” Kelvin Miller said.

Mingo majored in athletic training and was on track to graduate in the spring of 2009. He walked on at MCC and paid his own way.

“He was a great teammate. He bought into our system,” MCC Coach Brandon Lenhart said. “He was very quiet and very caring, but pretty vocal on the court. His teammates really looked up to him on the court."

Mingo was a full-time starter and averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals a game for the Indians.

Mingo’s death happened about the same time the Millers inherited some money from a distant relative.

“We felt weird having this money that came from someone we really didn’t know and the more we talked, we decided maybe we could do something to benefit student athletes at MCC,” Miller said. “We were touched by Myron’s untimely death so we tried to set up a scholarship in his name.”

MCC was unable to award that money for several years because the scholarship was too restrictive, so the Millers regrouped and worked with the McCook Community Foundation and the McCook Community College Indians Booster Club to make it less restrictive.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of Mark Graff and the McCook Community Foundation, we were able to set up the Teammate Scholarships.”

In July of 2017, about the time they were re-structuring the scholarship, another MCC student-athlete, Holly Myers, was killed in a car accident. Myers was a member volleyball team, vice-president of dance club, a member of Phi Beta Lambda and had represented MCC at Anaheim, Calif., where she competed in public speaking and impromptu speech. She graduated from MPCC on May 12, 2017.

“Holly didn’t play much for us, but that didn’t stop her from being a great teammate,” said MCC volleyball coach Hayley Kobza. “She always had a smile on her face and win or lose she always had something positive to tell the girls.”

“Holly was only here one year, she was injured but stayed on the team, and never had much playing time. Miller said. “But Holly was a team player and so was Myron. They both embodied the attributes you need to be a good teammate,” Miller said.

“I still remember the very last time I saw Holly. It was after graduation and I made sure to go and get pictures with all of my first MCC volleyball graduates,” Kobza recalls. “I couldn’t find Holly anywhere, but when I did she was with the people she loves the most, her family. They were taking tons of pictures and they were right in front of the concession stand.”

While members of the MCC Indian Boosters will review scholarship applicants and make recommendations, the ultimate decision will come from MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen and Erinn Brown, Mid-Plains Community College Area Director of Financial Aid.

The Dundy County Stratton Tigers came to Cambridge to take on the Trojans Friday, October 12th. It was a game that had District Championship and State Playoff implications at hand. If the Tigers were to win they would be the district champs with Southwest having lost earlier in the day. Cambridge needed to win this game and then win again next Thursday against Hitchcock County. 

The Trojans opened the game with the ball and would drive 58 yards on 6 plays with quarterback Paxton Ross taking it the last 10 yards for the TD. Preston Carbaugh added the extra point to put the Trojans up 7-0. After a DCS punt the Trojans would have the first of their 3 first half turnovers as Lane Shillington intercepted a Paxton Ross pass and returned it to the Cambridge 12 yard line. The Tigers would return the favor 3 plays later as Preston Carbaugh would intercept Quade Myers pass at the 2 yard line. Cambridge would capitalize on the DCS turnover driving 78 yards on 7 plays and Drew Sprinkle would cap it off with a 12 yard touchdown run. The PAT failed and the Trojans led 13-0. The Dundy County Stratton would get on the board on their next possesion as they went 54 yards on 5 plays and Serbondo Diaz scored the first of his 3 touchdowns, this one from 34 yards out and after the 2 point PAT the score was 13-8. Cambridge started their next drive at their own 15 and it would only take one play as Paxton Ross hit Deryk Huxoll for a 65-yard touchdown. The Trojans were successful on the 2 point PAT and led 21-8 after the first quarter. 

The Tigers would open the second quarter with a 7 play 60-yard drive which saw Serbondo Diaz get his second TD this time from 31 yards away. After a successful 2 point PAT it was 21-16. The Tigers would get their first lead of the night when Dominic Sis intercepted Paxton Ross and took it 21 yards for the pick 6, the PAT failed but the Tigers were up 22-21. Cambridge would answer with a TD of their own as Paxton Ross and Deryk Huxoll hooked up for the second time from 21 yards away to put Cambridge up 27-22 capping a 4 play 47 yard drive. Serbondo Diaz took the kickoff and returned it to the Cambridge 34. DCS took 8 plays to go the 34 yards and Quade Myers would score from 9 yards out to give the Tigers the lead 28-27. Paxton Ross got his second rushing touchdown of the game on Cambridge's next possession as he went 54 yards to give the Trojans a halftime lead 33-28.

DCS scored first in the second half as the went 66 yards in 11 plays and Diaz got his final TD from 8 yards to give the Tigers the lead 34-33. The Tigers got a turnover on downs and were driving from down the field when Preston Carbaugh intercepted Quade Myers in the end zone. 

The Trojans first possession of the 4th quarter started at their own 15 and they went 65 yards in 8 plays and Spencer Rice would score the TD from 7 yards out to put the Tojans up 39-34. The Tigers had one last chance. Starting from their own 25 the Tigers drove down the field and Serbondo Diaz crossed the goal line from 9 yards for what looked like the go-ahead touchdown, but a holding penalty would nullify the score and Cambridge would sack Myers on the next play to end the threat. The Trojans were able to run out the clock and get the win 39-34. 

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