Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic
Colors: Blue and White
Head Coach: Dave Ridder (17th season)
2018 record: 9-2 (Lost to Exeter-Milligan/Friend in State Quarterfinals)
Returning Starters: N/A
The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Football Team returns quite a few players from last year’s team that went 9-2 and reached the State Quarterfinals. Head Coach Dave Ridder says the Bluejays are led by their seniors.
“Well we’ve got a nice senior class coming back with a strong offensive line with Mitchell Peatrowsky, Blake Pojar, Casey Doernemann, and Aaron Disher. And then at running back we have Cash Meier and Noah Hass. Quarterback we have is Cody Steffen. Another tight end we have it’s going to be between Ben Ulrich and Jaryn Smeal.”
Ridder says his team also has a strong defense back too.
He adds sophomores Nate Niewohner and Cole Hutchinson could make an impact this year as well.
Last year’s seniors lost to graduation were Jadyn Smeal, Jared Minnick, Dylan Duhsmann, Will Kreikemeier, Tyson Snodgrass, Jack Baumert, and Nate Yosten.
GACC opens up the season on August 30th at home against East Butler. Ridder doesn’t expect things to be easy against the Tigers.
“They’ve always been a good Football program. They were a little bit down last year, but they comeback with a lot of returning players and kids so we expect them to be very talented and very good. And then we also have several tough contests down the road.”
GACC hosts Howells-Dodge the following week in action that can be heard on 107.9 the Bull, and also has District Road Games at Wisner-Pilger and Wakefield.
Ridder says the key to beating the Gators and Trojans is running the ball well.
The Bluejays lost star running back Jared Minnick to graduation, but Bob Jensen of the Huskerland Prep Report says the Bluejays still have plenty of horses on the team.
“You’ve got a proven Quarterback with Cody Steffen. And the Doernemann kid I swear to God this is like his 11th or 12th year of high school football. But he’s big and strong and has a great well earned reputation. They’ve got some other kids that can play, especially on the defensive side of the ball. And Guardian Angels…they’re going to win their district, they’re going to advance to the playoffs. I think that much you can pretty much count on.”
Ridder expects Steffen, Hass, and Meier to shoulder more of the load this year in place of Minnick.
2019 GACC Bluejays Football Schedule:
08/30/19 East Butler
09/13/19 @ Omaha Brownell Talbot
09/27/19 @ Wisner-Pilger
10/04/19 Omaha Nation
10/11/19 @ Wakefield
10/18/19 @ Homer