Zach Martin, Jake Findley and Spencer Lewis are among the record setters on the All-Nebraska second team.
Martin became Omaha North’s career passing leader, including 3,782 yards in his two years as starter, while taking the Vikings to the state finals for the first time.
Findley guided Giltner to its first state title since 1984 in Eight Man-2 with a touchdown-to-interception ratio that may be untouchable — 67-0. He set 10 state records while throwing for 3,903 yards in 13 games.
Lewis, who joins Omaha Central’s Tra-Deon Hollins as the second unit’s receivers, tied the Class A record of 72 catches in a season.
The second team includes six juniors and a sophomore, Omaha North offensive lineman Michael Decker.
For the first time, the all-state teams use, when appropriate, labels of kicker/athlete and punter/athlete. These describe specialist selections who could have been chosen as all-staters at other positions.
Class B: State champion Omaha Gross places three players — quarterback Zach Johnk, linebacker Anthony Vigneri and defensive back Nate Zimmerer. Johnk and McCook’s Jake Schlager, Class B’s only player on the All-Nebraska first team, are the honorary captains.
Two-time all-staters are running back James Kruger of runner-up Norris, punter/athlete Zach Decker of Beatrice and running back Matt Klein of Scottsbluff.
Class C-1: Starting with three-time all-state punter Jordan Bellar, its quarterback those seasons, Norfolk Catholic has four all-staters. Also honored are offensive lineman Garrett McCarthy, defensive lineman Connor Ketter and linebacker Riley Knake.
Ketter, Wahoo running back Tyler Kavan and Adams Central running back Jake Fowler are repeat picks, with Fowler joining Bellar as an honorary captain. Pierce offensive lineman Charlie Krueger, Chase County kicker David Almanza and Wahoo defensive back Jonathan Abbott are juniors.
Class C-2: After a year with four all-staters, David City Aquinas repeated as state champion and has five players honored this time. Two are repeaters, Landon Stouffer as a kicker/athlete and Seth Hoffman as a punter/athlete. Also honored are linemen James Buresh on offense and Max Miriovsky on defense and Austin Svoboda at linebacker.
Vinny Ross of Perkins County also is a two-time pick. Of the four juniors picked, three are in the offensive backfield — quarterback Cole Wiseman of runner-up Sutton and running backs Josh Coyle of West Holt and Jeremish Slough of Doniphan-Trumbull. Wiseman and Stouffer are the honorary captains.
Eight Man-1: Repeat champion Elgin/Pope John has three selections, quarterback Ross Schindler and linebackers Andrew Heithoff and Blake Anderson. Schindler and Iowa recruit Nathan Bazata of Howells-Dodge, an All-Nebraska pick, are the honorary captains.
Bazata, Heithoff and offensive lineman Ryan Mosier of Twin Loup are two-time selections. Exeter-Milligan linebacker Nolan White and Alma punter Jarrod Bantam are juniors.
Eight Man-2: Findley is joined as an honorary captain by linebacker John Wieser of runner-up Humphrey St. Francis.
Giltner has the most selections with five. The others are receivers Kyle Hawthorne and Dustin Hastings, offensive lineman Dillon Gartner and defensive lineman Garrett Poppen. Defensive back Alex Brehmer of Lyons-Decatur Northeast and Poppen are the juniors selected. Tyler Schnitzler of Kenesaw is a two-time pick.
Spalding/Spalding Academy’s Jose Contreras, an exchange student, broke a 40-year-old record for eight-man football by making nine field goals.
Six Man: Because few coaches responded to the all-state nomination request, it was decided to use the league’s all-state team. Its players of the year were defensive back Jack McGraw of state champion Wauneta-Palisade and running back Johnny Dunn of runner-up Sioux County.