NORFOLK – The best football players in the area are gathering in Norfolk this week to prepare for the annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.
Monday was media day, a chance for the players to get to know each other, and for the coaches to get excited about the talent they get to see this week.
“They show up today and you’re like a kid in a candy store,” said Osmond Coach Rod Brummels, who will coach the White Team. “You’re excited to see what they look like.”
This is the fifth year of the classic, and organizers say the event’s continued growth has been more than they could have hoped for.
“Once we first initiated it, we had a year where we worked on it,” said Tom Olson, Norfolk High head coach and president of the All-Star Classic board. “Being a part of that process from the start, I’m amazed at how far it’s come and how quickly it came to this point.”
The game’s rules limit the defense a bit, meaning coaches will have an offensive mentality this week.
“Offensively you try to make it as basic as you can,” said Red Coach Chad Cattau of Harrington Cedar Catholic. “You don’t want to make it too complex because of the limited time they have. Hopefully they’ll be able to pick up on what we do pretty quickly.”
The Classic will be held at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk on Saturday at 1