Huskies to host Wahoo in C1 showdown

Aurora will host one of the premier games in the state Friday as Wahoo comes to town for a battle both coaches say should be a good early-season test in Class C1.

The Warriors come in 2-0, ranked No. 3 (Omaha World-Herald), while the top-ranked Huskies are also 2-0, having scored 60 or more points both times out. Wahoo’s defense is touted as one of the best in C1, which means Friday’s showdown should be a test of wills.
“It’s going to be a game both fan bases will be excited for,” Aurora coach Kyle Peterson said. “Both football teams have good, storied traditions and have won a lot of games. They are really well coached on the defensive side and it will be a fun opportunity for our kids.”
Wahoo coach Chad Fox said he and his team are anxiously awaiting Friday’s game, fully aware that the Warriors will have their hands full.
“Obviously what they’ve done so far is put up some serious points, so we’re going to have to slow those guys down,” he said. “What I see is a tough, hard-nosed football team that is well prepared so this will be a tall order for us. It’s going to be a great game and should be fun to kick the tires a little and see how we match up with top teams in the state.”
The Warriors made a run deep into the playoffs last year, but graduated a number of players, particularly at the skill positions. They are led by returning all-state linebacker Sam Kolterman, who anchors the line on both sides of the ball.
“We have three returning starters on our O-line who have done a good job early on and we were counting on them to do well for us,” Fox said. “On defense, we have a lot of our front seven back so we felt our defense could be pretty good for us as we break in a new quarterback and younger players on the back end of our defense.”
Wahoo shut out Wayne in the opener, 14-0, and defeated Nebraska City 54-19 in Week 2.
Peterson said the Huskies have been getting a lot of attention on offense, though he believes a key to Friday’s game will be Aurora’s ability to play well defensively.
“They are going to try to run the ball and control the clock and get first downs, so we’re going to have to be able to do some things,” he said. “We’re going to have to play really well defensively to be able to get the possessions necessary to score points.”
Special teams could be a key factor as well, and on that note both Aurora and Wahoo have done well so far. Cy Bullerman returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week and nearly took a punt return to the house in Week 1, while Wahoo has had success of its own.
“Our return game has been solid the first two games and we blocked two punts, which is something we’ve managed to do in big games to get us some momentum,” Fox said.
“This should just be a fun high school football game,” he concluded. “More than anything we want to see where our team stacks up with the best in C1.”
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m.

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