Despite temperatures reaching 105 degrees on the field, Creighton’s Lane Walton and Brandon Borgmann were unstoppable Saturday at the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Classic.
Walton’s performance was so dominating the recent graduate was named Top Defensive Player for the Red Team, which lost 49-14.
I had fun all week,” he said. “To get this award, it finally it all paid off - all the hard work this week.”
The White Team took an early lead in the game thanks to a 75-yard strike form Gunnar Fuelberth of Norfolk to Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Kyle Kramer. The Red Team responded to knot the score thanks to a 31-yard scamper by Pierce’s Taggart Bailey.
The White squad scored twice more before the Red Team was able to find the end zone again in the second quarter - the last time of the game. Defensively, the White Team held the Red offense scoreless in the second half as they evened the series at 2-2.
Borgmann helped pick up several key first downs for the Red Team. The recent graduate had four catches for 54 yards to lead all receivers on his team.
Walton said the heat was difficult all week, especially during the game. But, all in all, it was still a great experience.
“It was fun, and I encourage people to do it and hang out with all of the guys all week,” Walton said.
Six awards were given out to players before and after the game. Niobrara/Verdigre’s Cade Kalkowski and Battle Creek’s Drew Lanman earned “Best Teammate Awards.” Top offensive players awards were given to Gunner Fuelberth of Norfolk (White) and Taggert Bailey of Pierce (Red). Defensively, Clearwater-Orchard’s Andy Kerkman (White) Creighton’s Lane Walton (Red) earned top honors.