2-A-Days: Norfolk Catholic

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NORFOLK, Neb. (ABC9 Sports)–For most schools, an 8-3 season and an appearance in the state quarterfinals qualifies as a successful year on the gridiron. Norfolk Catholic though, isn’t most schools.

That rare down–by their standards–year is driving the Knights to return to Lincoln and a state title in 2014.

Norfolk Catholic’s tradition is known all over the state. They’ve made the playoffs 18 straight years and have a record nine state titles, including three straight from 2010-2012. But missing out last year is as much motivation as continuing that winning tradition.

Coach Jeff Bellar returns seven starters on defense and four on offense, so he says he’s relying on the Knight defense to lead the team, at least early, through a tough schedule. Norfolk Catholic faces three teams this year that are currently ranked in the top ten, including No. 5 Pierce and top-ranked Boone Central/Newman Grove back-to-back to end the season. 

Tough schedule or not, it’s Lincoln or bust for the Knights in 2014.

“I think about it almost every day,” said senior Nate Flaherty. “I know my teammates do. Winning two, but not really being a part of that team. It drives me every day to work as hard as I can to hopefully get back down there.”

“That’s our goal every year,” added senior Seth Montag. “And it’d be nice to finish it down in Lincoln.”

The Knights open up 2014 Friday night on the road at Arlington. 

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