The North Bend Eagle


Local played against Penn State... in 1958

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 11/16/11

It’s been 53 years, but the “Pride of North Bend” is still in the hearts of many local residents.

Dennis Emanuel

Dennis Emanuel, a 1950 alumnus of North Bend High School, was tagged the ‘elder statesman’ of the 1958 Husker football team since he served in the military before returning to University of Nebraska. He had received a football scholarship to Nebraska out of high school.

Penn State was favored by two touchdowns in the season opener at Memorial Stadium, Sept. 20, 1958, but the Huskers held on to a 14-7 victory.

The sports editor in the Omaha World-Herald wrote in his column: “North Bend’s Dennis Emanuel contributed as much as anyone to the amazing 14-7 triumph. He hooked Dick Hoak around the neck with a clothesline tackle in the fourth quarter that just about decapitated the Lions’ sub quarterback....(Emanuel) scooted back in during the final minutes of play when the Nittany Lions were dead set on tying the count at 14 -all.... On the second bid, Emanuel submarined his man to grab the runner around the ankles... Nebraska couldn’t run out the clock and Penn State was able to run off two more plays from the Husker 28 after a punt return. Emanuel knocked down the first aerial...”

In the game program Emanuel is listed as a left guard senior, 6-foot, 205 pounds, age 25.

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