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Pair of Class B junior running backs aiding strong starts for Plattsmouth, Ralston
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Pair of Class B junior running backs aiding strong starts for Plattsmouth, Ralston

Pair of Class B junior running backs aiding strong starts for Plattsmouth, Ralston

Plattsmouth junior Christian Meneses is among the state's leaders in rushing with 663 yards through four games.

Mike Sautter and Jake Anderson talk about how the Nebraska high school fall sports season has been different so far, plus what it could mean for the winter sports season. They also talk about some early season standouts and preview week five of high school football.​

Christian Meneses has played a key role in Plattsmouth’s undefeated start to the season. The junior running back is among the state’s leaders in rushing with 663 yards through four games.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Meneses has been workmanlike for the 4-0 Blue Devils. In a 29-20 win over Ralston (2-1) in Week 2, Meneses had 287 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries. He also leads the team with five tackles for loss, including three sacks.

In nine games as a sophomore, Meneses had just 27 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns.

Plattsmouth will try to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2015 on Friday at Crete (1-1). With Meneses and junior safety Owen Prince leading the way, the Blue Devils could secure their first winning season since 2015.

Another Class B back turning heads this season is 5-foot-8, 175-pound Ralston junior Rashad Madden. As a sophomore, Madden had 1,128 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Madden leads the Rams with 587 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 9.5 yards per carry. In the Rams’ 38-27 win over Beatrice in Week 1, Madden rushed for 309 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. A season-high 78-yard touchdown and a 63-yard touchdown helped Ralston to a 33-12 win over York last week.

The 231-yard, three-touchdown performance reminded York coach Glen Snodgrass of Ralston graduate Isaac Wallace, an All-Nebraska team member and former South Dakota State back.

Ralston junior Rashad Madden

Ralston's Rashad Madden has 587 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in four games this season.

“I’ve told my coaches all week — I only remember one back as good as (Madden) in my time, and that was Isaac Wallace in 2013. But I’m pretty sure (Madden) is better,” Snodgrass told the York News-Times. “I don’t know if he’s big enough to be a Division I football player, but he’s a special, special football player.”

Madden and the Rams are aiming to finish with a winning season for the first time since 2014.


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