2017 Bloomfield Players to Watch
Quick, powerful, speedy, rushed for over 2,500 yards in 2016.
Leader in the line, opens the door for Moles to do some damage.
Big and physical, outstanding two-way lineman.
New starter at key position, his development vital to Bees sting. (ugh)
After winning a playoff game for a third straight season and advancing to last year’s state quarterfinals before losing to eventual Class D-2 champion Falls City Sacred Heart the Bees return two starters on offense and three on defense from that 9-2 team.
“We graduate a great season class that had a lot of size and experience but we also return a 2,500-yard rusher and we have a lot of returning players who gained valuable experience last season,” says fifth-year head coach Matt Kuchar, a 2001 graduate of UN-Kearney. “We have some talent at the skill positions and will need to be more balanced on offense.”
A returning all-stater, senior Quinten Moles (5-10, 180) was fantastic in 2016, rushing for 2,511 yards and 34 touchdowns. Moles is quick, fast and powerful, a gold standard type talent at the RB position. Senior fullback Reece McFarland (5-7, 165) is also back after rushing for 641 yards and 10 touchdowns and junior Will Fehringer (5-5, 145) will also get some carries after going for 155 yards and two TDs in 2016.
Sophomore Braden Eisenhauer (5-7, 145) has a good throwing arm and will step into the starting quarterback role. Junior Trenton Holz (5-9, 140) and sophomore Dade Davis (5-10, 145) will be the team’s receivers. Senior Jackson Eisenhauer (6-4, 180) played running back last year and rushed for 171 yards and three TDs but he moves to tight end.
Senior Jared Hornback (6-0, 215) is a returning two-year starter at center and will lead a rebuilt offensive line that will include senior Michael Castaneda (6-2, 220), who was a top sub in 2016, along with junior Mitchell Mackeprang (5-9, 230) with junior Yuset Arellanes (5-7, 160) and sophomore Daniel Bruegman (5-10, 185) also in the mix.
Moles (56 tackles), McFarland (30 tackles), juniors Brantson Gieselman (5-7, 165), who finished last season with 44 tackles, and Dylan Kauth (5-8, 155), who had 38 tackles last season, and sophomore Logan Johnson (5-10, 155), who finished last season with 22 tackles, will for the linebacker crew. Davis, Braden Eisenhauer, Fehringer and junior Ty Ketelsen (5-10, 145) are leading prospects in the secondary.
Castenada (31 tackles), Jackson Eisenhauer (24 tackles), and Mackeprang (25 tackles) will lead what could become a very good defensive line with Bruegman also expected to contribute there. Moles returns as the team’s punter, last season averaging 31 yards per kick.
While there are some questions to answer let’s face it, Bloomfield never misses the playoffs, or at least hasn’t since 1987. Mark the Bees down for six or seven wins and another playoff berth.