Cardinals ride Mazour to title, send Coach Johnson out in style

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
March 3, 2015



While the position of dual-threat quarterback has seemingly become a household term nowadays, a true dual-threat quarterback is still one of more exciting spectacles to watch on all levels of football. Especially however, in high school football, and especially when your dual-threat quarterback leads you to a championship.


For the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals, that’s exactly what happened.


Dual-threat quarterback Wyatt Mazour led the Cardinals to the Nebraska C1 State Championship in 2014, defeating Ashland-Greenwood, 54-14 to capture the title.


While Mazour might look and seem more like a running back, the senior could certainly sling the ball through the air when necessary. He totaled over 200 total yards of offense in nine of 13 games last season and accumulated over 300 yards of offense in five of those games.


He finished his senior season with 1,626 yards on the ground and 1,869 yards through the air. He ran for 25 touchdowns and threw for another 26. He also returned kicks and punts for an additional 623 yards and another two scores.


Mazour wasn’t finished with just offense and special teams, he also played cornerback on a defense that held opponents under 14 points per game. He recorded three pass break ups, recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes, one in which he returned for a touchdown against Wayne.


All in all, Mazour finished the season with 2,307 all-purpose yards, an average of 177.5 yards per game. He was credited with 28 solo touchdowns while he was accountable for 54 scores overall on the season.


The Cardinals jumped out of the gates hot in 2014. After allowing their week one opponent, Scotus Central Catholic, to tie the game at 14 points apiece, Boone Central scored 17 unanswered points to win 31-14.


Boone Central would lead the way for the next seven games. In fact, the closest any opponent came to leading over the Cardinals in those seven games would be the 0-0 start of the game. Boone Central scored first in each game, winning their first eight games by a combined margin of 352-111.


In their regular season finale against Norfolk Catholic, the Cardinals took a 12-3 lead before allowing a quick touchdown run by the Knights that cut the lead to 12-9 at halftime.


Norfolk Catholic became the first team to lead the Cardinals in 2014 as they scored on the opening drive of the third quarter to take a 16-12 lead.


However, those would be the last points the Knights scored, as they surrendered 20 unanswered to Boone Central, falling to the Cardinals, 32-16.


That game ended Boone Central’s regular season at a perfect 9-0 as they entered the playoffs with a first round matchup against Milford. After being granted the No. 2 seed and dispatching Milford, 48-7 to open the postseason, a familiar foe would be presented to the Cardinals.


That familiar foe would be the only opponent they trailed in the regular season, Norfolk Catholic.


Much like their first meeting, the game remained close throughout as the Cardinals led 14-6 at halftime. After two quick scores form each brought the game within one possession at 17-14, Mazour marched his team down the field in just five plays before pushing Boone Central’s advantage to 23-14.


Mazour’s five-yard touchdown rush was enough to hold up in the end as the Cardinals hung on for the 23-17 victory over the Knights to advance.


For just the second time during the entire season, the Cardinals found themselves trailing, in their next outing. Against Kearney Catholic in the state semifinals, the Stars scored first, late in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Similar to the only other time the Cardinals trailed though, those points would be the last ones Kearney Catholic could muster.


Boone Central advanced to the state championship after scoring 34 consecutive points to win, 34-7 over the Stars.


The state championship game pitted Nebraska Class C1’s top two teams in the No. 2 seed Cardinals taking on No. 1 seed Ashland-Greenwood.


Boone Central looked more like the top seed however, jumping out to a 21-7 first quarter lead before ultimately handing the Bluejays their lone defeat of the season, 54-14. The 40-point loss was the Bluejays largest margin of defeat in over two years.


The game was a fitting end to a season and a fitting end to head coach Arnold Johnson’s career at Boone Central, as his last game at the helm of the Cardinals sent him out as a State Champion.


Mazour finished the state championship game, throwing for 129 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for a season-high 248 yards.


With the departures of Coach Johnson as well as Mazour and several other seniors, the Cardinals will have an uphill road if they were to repeat as State Champions.


Nevertheless, Mazour and Coach Johnson exit Boone Central as Champions. A fitting exit for a legendary coach and truly one of the more exciting dual-threat quarterbacks in recent memory.


Offensive stat leaders

Rushing: Wyatt Mazour (1626 yards)

Passing: Wyatt Mazour (1869 yards)

Receiving: Travis Kennedy (515 yards)

All-Purpose: Wyatt Mazour (2307 yards)

Touchdowns: Wyatt Mazour (28)

Rush attempts: Wyatt Mazour (185 carries)

Receptions: Zac Glidden (27 catches)


Defensive stat leaders

Total tackles: Colton Pelster (75)

Tackles for loss: Michael Lipker (12.5)

Sacks: Michael Lipker (2.5)

Interceptions: Kyle Kramer (5)

Fumbles forced: Zac Glidden (3)

Fumbles recovered: Zac Glidden (4)


Team statistics

Total scoring: 543 points

Opponent scoring: 172

Total offense: 5095 yards

Total rushing yards: 2895 yards

Total passing yards: 2200 yards

Opponent offense: 3325 yards

Opponent rushing yards: 2362 yards

Opponent passing yards: 963 yards

Third down conversions: 50/120 (41.7 %)

Opponent third down conversions: 56/188 (29.8 %)

Turnover differential: +10 (23 interceptions, 10 fumbles)

Nebraska's Mitchell Hahn gets Fremont back to it's winning ways


By: Cameron Mellor
February 12, 2014


It’s the middle of the week and that means it’s time for HSGC's Wednesday Athlete Watch. This week, we take a closer look at Fremont Tigers star Mitchell Hahn.


Hahn and the Tigers sit at 11-8 on the season after their most recent victory over North Platte. They jumped out to a 10-5 record before slipping in the recent week. After dropping their previous three games by just a combined 11 points, it was Hahn who propelled the Tigers back into the win column with the victory over NPHS.


Behind Hahn’s 18 points and 12 rebounds, the Tigers cruised against the Bulldogs en route to a 51-33 victory. Hahn also chipped in with two assists, two steals and two blocks.




Hahn has been tops on the team in both points and rebounds during 10 of their 19 games this season, including the game against North Platte on February 8. His top scoring performance came back in December against the Northwest Huskies as he scored 33 points and brought down 13 rebounds.


Another impressive performance came in December against Lincoln Northstar when he secured 21 rebounds and had 19 points.


Hahn is averaging a double-double this season and has achieved the feat 13 times this year. After his most recent outing, Hahn averages 19 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting over 40 percent from the field. He leads the team in steals and blocks to boot.


Fremont is back in action this Friday, February 14 in one of our HSGC Game's of the Week against Lincoln High School. You can check out the action here:



Nation's Best on Display This Weekend on HSGC


By Dan Fronczak

November 15, 2013


Hundreds of ranked high school football teams are using this postseason.  With mass adoption in 2013, HSGC is proving its platform to be a valuable one for coaches.  Among those participating schools on HSGC are some of the highest ranked teams in the country, including the entire State of Ohio. (See teams below)


Coaches not currently on HSGC wishing to create an account for their team can do so here:  


  High School State Ranking
Desoto (Texas)    2
Jenks (Oklahoma)    1    
New Canaan (Connecticut) 1
Dowling Catholic (Iowa) 1
Gardner-Edgerton (Kansas) 1
Middletown (Maryland) 2
Blue Springs (Missouri) 1
Boone Central/Newman Grove (Nebraska) 2
Winner (South Dakota)     2
Bentonville (Arkansas) 2


By Dan Fronczak

September 24, 2013


If you were in Nebraska last Friday at the Humphrey Public-Winside game you heard the public address announcer say, “Heesacker the ball carrier,” 45 times.  And on six of those occasions, the same PA announcer proclaimed, “Touchdown Bulldogs!”


Bulldogs running back Robby Heesacker had a game for the ages Friday rushing for 377 yards and 6 touchdowns on 45 carries.  However this type of performance is nothing new for Heesacker.  “Robby has run really well the last two weeks, amassing over 700 yards the last two games,” says Humphrey Head Coach Corey Uldrich.  “He has a very good motor, and he understands that he has to be the workhorse for us.”




When that aforementioned workhorse kicks in the horse power the Bulldogs win and win big, topping Winside last week 68 to 40 and then besting Osmond the week prior 84 to 50.  However, in front of ever great back is a great offensive line adds Uldrich.  “Robby is also very humble, crediting his offensive line for all of the hard work they put in for him to be recognized like this.”


And recognition he shall receive as this weeks’ HSGC Player of The Week.