Heartland Huskie football team had a great season that ended in the second round of the playoffs against Neligh-Oakdale on October 28. The Huskies ended their season with a 7-3 record. They fought hard until the very end but fell short by the score of 34-22.
Head Coach Benjamin Lindsay said from the start of the season, they knew they would need some of the underclassmen to step up and fill in critical roles, “we also knew we needed a few older guys to play in positions that they may not have played before.”
The football team grew in many ways this season; players stepped up in places they didn’t think they would, which only grew them closer as a team, “Tucker Bergen, Senior, stepped up and played very well at defensive back for us, even though he’s never played that position before, we also had Langdon Arbuck and Carter Siebert play very well as Sophomores.”
Lindsay said he is the proudest of how the boys played in the last two games of the season, “Against Exeter-Milligan-Friend, we were down 14 points in the first 30 seconds of the game, instead of rolling over and quitting, the boys batted back and fought to the end.”
Coach Lindsay was impressed with his entire defense and the way they stepped up, “Against Neligh-Oakdale, we did not play well during the first half of the game, but we rallied together as a team at halftime and put a lot of pressure on them, Unfortunately, time ran out on us, and we came up short.”
Looking at the end of the season and reflecting, Lindsay is genuinely proud of how their season went, “we ended up winning our district for the second year in a row and made it to the second round of the D1 state football playoffs.”
Coach Lindsay said along the way to winning their district, they broke many school records, “Trev Peters broke his single-game passing record. He threw for 210 yds against Neligh-Oakdale. As a team, we broke the team defense passing yards as we held Superior to zero total passing yards.”
Senior Tucker Bergen caught two touchdowns against Neligh-Oakdale, along with 11 tackles. Tucker secured 19 tackles in the first playoff game against Exeter-Milligan/Friend.
Senior Trev Peters, the quarterback for Heartland, threw for 201 passing yards against Neligh-Oakdale. In the first playoff game against Exeter-Milligan/Friend, Trev scored two touchdowns, securing the win and advancing to the second round of the D1 playoffs.
Senior Zach Quiring, the running back for Heartland, gained 48 rushing yards against Neligh-Oakdale. Zach scored one touchdown against Exeter-Milligan-Friend in the playoffs, along with the game-winning tackle with Tucker Bergen coming to help at the goal line to secure the win.
This week many Huskie football players were named to the D1-8 All-District team.
Trev Peters, Tucker Bergen, Zach Quiring, Merrick Maltsberger, Garett Regier, and Kaden Siebert
Wyatt Panko, Hudson Regier, Carter Siebert, and Langdon Arbuck
Congratulations to the Huskie Football team on a great season!
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