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Final 2007 East Husker Conference football ratings

Cadets crowned mythical conference football champs

by Nathan Arneal
published 11/28/07

With the 2007 football season now belonging to history, it’s time to see how the teams of the East Husker Conference stack up against each other.

When Nebraska high school football went to state scheduling and district play in 2000, conference football went out the window, so the Eagle’s final conference ratings, which you see below, will be used in figuring the EHC all-sports champions at the end of the school year.

The ratings are based on strength of schedule, comparative scores, and of course, head-to-head games when available.

1. West Point-Beemer Record: 8-3 Class C-1
The Cadets claim the mythical conference championship after advancing all the way to the Class C-1 state quarterfinals. Along the way they faced a couple of rematches. WPB avenged a season-opening 26-0 loss to Boys Town with a 15-12 triumph over the Cowboys in the second round of the playoffs. The win over Boys Town, who was the No. 2 seed in the east, is probably the signature win for the East Husker Conference this season. The Cadets couldn’t get revenge against Bennington, though. The Badgers gave West Point two of its losses, 34-31 in the regular season and 42-6 in the state quarterfinals. The Cadets went 3-0 against East Husker competition, beating Wisner-Pilger 20-0, Tekamah-Herman 31-7 and Logan View 41-21.

2. Stanton Record: 7-3 Class C-2
Stanton lost to 9-1 Howells 16-6 and 10-2 Hartington CC by a score of 14-7 in the second round of the playoffs and 7-4 Creighton 20-18 in the season opener. The Mustangs easily handled the two EHC teams they faced, beating Oakland-Craig 32-0 and Lyons-Decatur 48-0.

3. Pender Record: 5-3 Class C-2
The Dragons rebounded nicely from a 1-7 record in 2006 to qualify for the C-2 playoffs in 2007. Pender beat only one team with a winning record, an 18-13 win over 5-4 West Point CC, but won its only game against an East Husker foe with a 12-6 win over Oakland-Craig. Pender has announced that it will be moving to 8-man football for the 2008 season.

4. Oakland-Craig Record: 4-4 Class C-2
After a 4-1 start, the Knights lost their final three games. Oakland-Craig played a schedule featuring four teams with winning records, but they didn’t manage to beat any of them. O-C was 2-2 against the EHC with wins over Tekamah-Herman and Lyons-Decatur and losses to Stanton and Pender

5. North Bend Record: 2-6 Class C-1
NBC opened with a last minute 14-13 win over Logan View, but then dropped its next six games, including a loss to 1-7 Twin River. The feather in the Tigers’ cap was the season-ending 19-14 win over playoff-bound Wisner-Pilger.

6. Wisner-Pilger Record: 3-6 Class C-1
If it weren’t for the Gators, these ratings would be easy. If you look at comparative scores and schedules, Wi-Pi looks like a solid top 3 EHC team. They played 10-2 Norfolk Catholic close (losing 21-7). The only teams to play NC closer were 9-2 Boone Central and state champion Pierce. They lost 25-22 to 6-3 Lakeview on a last minute trick play. They beat three teams that beat North Bend. They even took 10-2 Bennington to overtime in the playoffs, a Bennington team that beat West Point-Beemer 42-6 a week and a half later. But you can’t deny what happens on the football field in a head-to-head match up, and the Gators’ 19-14 loss to North Bend in the final regular season game drops them into the bottom half of the conference ratings.

7. Logan View Record: 1-7 Class C-1
Their lone win came over winless Tekamah-Herman 26-12. They also lost games to West Point-Beemer (41-21) and North Bend (14-13)

8. Scribner-Snyder Record: 1-7 Class C-2
The Trojans scored a touchdown or less in five of their games and never scored more than 14 points. Their only win came against 0-8 Tekamah-Herman.

9. Tekamah-Herman Record: 0-8 Class C-1
No one played more EHC teams than the Tigers, who played four, but Tekamah lost all of those games. Along the way they provided Logan View and Scribner-Snyder with their only wins of the year. T-H scored more than seven points in a game only once, when the put up 12 in a 26-12 loss to Logan View.

10. Lyons-Decatur Record: 0-8 Class C-2
Lyons-Decatur lost their games by an average score of 43-4. They were shutout four times. They lost to 1-7 Emerson-Hubbard 20-7 and 2-6 Homer 6-0. In their only two games against conference foes, they lost 47-0 to Oakland-Craig and 48-0 to Stanton.

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