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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — For a while Thursday, Vic Fangio didn't know if his long-awaited debut as a head coach would happen in the Hall of Fame game.

Fangio finished team meetings, then headed to a hospital because of a kidney stone. Though determined to lead his new team, the Denver Broncos, against Atlanta, "I didn't know if I would make it."

He did, and he was made a winner thanks to a late rally.

Fangio, an NFL assistant coach for nearly two decades, saw a late interception set up rookie Juwann Winfree's 15-yard touchdown catch, and his team edged the Falcons 14-10 to open the NFL's preseason.

Yes, it was an exhibition game — the real first test comes Sept. 9 at Oakland. Still, Fangio was getting his chance to run a team. So this truly was a debut.

"Winning has cured more things than penicillin," joked Fangio, who still had not passed the stone when he met with the media after the game. "Nobody is doing backflips and cartwheels like in the regular season."

Trey Johnson's interception of Matt Schaub's pass after the Atlanta backup quarterback was pressured set up Denver at the Falcons 38 with 5:21 remaining. A 14-yard pass interference call on fourth down against Rashard Causey kept Denver in it, but the Broncos were hurt by a holding penalty against rookie Ryan Crozier.

Unfazed, rookie Brett Rypien hurled a pass into the right corner of the end zone, where it was deflected and Winfree latched onto it with 1:26 remaining.

"Trey made a nice play at the end, and Winfree made an acrobatic catch," Fangio said. "It's always good to be here for this game. It's always great to be around great ex-players and owners."

Fangio also became the first coach to utilize the new rule allowing challenges of pass interference calls. Late in the second quarter, Linden Stephens was called for a 43-yard defensive penalty. Officials upheld the call.

"I made a statement I'd be the first to throw the flag on defensive pass interference," said Fangio, one of the premier defensive coordinators the league has seen.

Both teams had eight-play first-half drives for touchdowns. Denver's was finished by Khalfani Muhammad's 3-yard run up the middle. Atlanta tied it with a precise two-minute drill guided by first-year quarterback Kurt Benkert, who is seeking a backup job to Matt Ryan. Benkert took the Falcons 61 yards in 1:17, hitting running back Brian Hill with a 3-yard touchdown pass.

Benkert conducted another impressive series in the third period, going 56 yards in 12 plays to Giorgio Tavecchio's 27-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.

Benkert headed to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with a toe injury. He went 19 of 34 for 185 yards.

Otherwise, it pretty much was a slopfest marred by dropped passes, penalties and missed assignments. Then again, how much can be expected in such an early preseason game?

CLASS OF 2019

The class of 2019 was introduced before the game and walked across the 50-yard line flanked by players from each team. The loudest cheers went to former Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey , which was predictable considering all the orange-clad folks in the stands. Former Chiefs and Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez gestured and joshed with the Atlanta players as he strode through. Ed Reed , Ty Law,Kevin Mawae , Gil Brandt,Johnny Robinson and the family of late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen also received loud ovations from the crowd of 20,802.

LOCK IT UP

Drew Lock, Denver's second-round draft pick and perhaps its quarterback of the future — Joe Flacco , acquired from Baltimore, if the starter but sat Thursday night — got plenty of action. He rarely impressed and finished 7 of 11 for 34 yards.

INJURIES

Falcons: Atlanta, which was ravaged by injuries last season, saw fourth-year DT Ra'Shede Hageman go down in the first quarter with a groin problem. Hageman has not played an NFL game since 2016. ... WR Marcus Green left in the third period with a groin injury.

Broncos: Denver third-year LB Joe Jones hurt an arm in the second quarter and did not return.

Asked for further updates on injuries, Fangio smiled and concluded: "I am more concerned about my injury update."

NEXT UP:

Broncos: at Seattle on Thursday night.

Falcons: at Miami on Thursday night.




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The Hometown Family Radio Sports Network is geared up to bring you High School Football Area Game of the Week starting Friday, August 30th. Seth Baumert begins his 5th year bringing you the best and most exciting coverage of High School Football.  The most coverage lives on 105.3 Coyote Country and online coyote105.com.



The Cambridge Trojans coming off of a 5-4 record and a playoff berth in 2018.  The Trojans will return several players with varsity experience for 2019.  Cambridge kicks off the season on Friday September 6th hosting the Ravenna Bluejays.  Listen to every game Home and Away on True Country 102.1 and online 1021kzmc.com.



Coverage of Fall Camp for the 2019 football season kicks off on Thursday at 1:30 PM (CT) when head coach Scott Frost and select student-athletes will meet with the media. 

Huskers.com and Nebraska football's social media channels will have exclusive live coverage of Thursday's press conference and every football press conference throughout the season.

Fans can watch live on Huskers.com (here), on twitter (@HuskerFBNation) or facebook (NebraskaFootball).

New this year, additional microphones have been installed to better hear questions from the media and a new camera will allow viewers to see what media member is asking questions.

As a reminder, the football team hosts its annual Fan Day event on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30 PM at Memorial Stadium. More information on the event can be found here.




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Class A - National Division 
Gretna 5, Kearney 1 

Class A - American Division 
Fremont 8, Millard South 2 

Class B 
Bennington 9, Alliance 8 

Class C 
DCB 4, Pender 1 






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Per McCook Public Schools

Parents of Athletes,
This is a REMINDER to complete the online Athlete Registration forms BEFORE August 12th (for fall SH athletes)

The Athletic department has set up a new way to prepare your athlete for eligibility to participate in sports all year. Instead of filling out and signing forms each season, we ask that you do it ALL online. This will be good for all three seasons. 


Students registering for sports MUST HAVE before he/she is authorized to participate in practices:

      1. A current physical examination on file in the high school office.  Physicals must be dated May 1 or after to be eligible for the upcoming sports season. 

      2. A  $30.00 Activity Pass for the same year of participation. It can be purchased at any school office. 

      3. Complete online registration for each athlete (grades 7th-12th) BEFORE August 12th

Follow these steps for online registration at  https://mccook-ar.rschooltoday.com
                   1. Click on the 'Athletic Team Registration' icon below the picture banner
                   2. Create 'New User'  or if you registered your student(s) last year, choose 'Returning Users'
                   3.  Sign Up New Account (Under Parent Name)
                  4.  Click 'Register' (Paper/Pen icon)
                              For returning users -  Click 'Register' and then 'Register (student name)'
                  5. Enter in Student Athlete's information, then continue filling out each page
                             For the Sports Physical - Just add the date of your physical and turn in a copy of it to the school office. 
                  6. When finished, click SUBMIT
                  7. If you have more/new athletes to register - Click 'Register'  - Register New Student

If you are not able to register online at home or a public place, a parent or athlete can register at the high school during the fall sports meeting, or in the high school office. 
If you have any questions, call or email me or Mr. Nichols (Athletic Director). 

HIGH SCHOOL FALL Sports Athlete & Parent Meeting- Tuesday, August 6th in the school Auditorium at 7:00 pm.  If the parent or athlete cannot attend, please let your coach or Mr. Nichols (Athletic Director - dnichols@mccookbison.org) know by email.  
Fall Practice begins August 12th.




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Nebraska fans are reminded that this Thursday evening will be the 2019 Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular, with the event held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Fan Day is annually the best opportunity for fans to meet and greet the Nebraska football players, coaches and staff before kickoff.

 

Traffic flow for lines for players will be will be similar to last season. All players will be seated on the field near the West sideline, with lines running across the field from East to West. Assistant coaches will be seated with their respective position groups.

 

A more detailed map is attached. An event staff member will be stationed near each line to indicate where fans need to line up. Event staff members at the end of long lines will also do their best to advise fans on whether or not they will make it through a line during the Fan Day time window. 

Fans will be able to enter Memorial Stadium through Gates 3 (SW) and 24 (SE) with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Nebraska’s Clear Bag Policy is not in effect for Fan Day, but all fans and carry-in items are subject to inspection.

 

Autograph cards with a full 2019 roster, 2019 team posters, schedule cards and other items will be available for fans.

 

Following the completion of Fan Day at 7:30 p.m., fans will be asked to allow players and football staff to leave the field to continue their schedule for the day as the team prepares for its first practice on Friday morning. Fans may exit through Gates 3, 11, 15 and 24.

 

Coach Frost will be located inside the Osborne Athletic Complex near the weight room, and as a reminder that line will be open only to selected Husker JV team members. Husker JV team members that have been selected to be a part of Coach Frost’s autograph line have been notified by the Nebraska Athletic Marketing Office.

 

Once JV team members have made it through Coach Frost’s line, they will return to the field through the game-day tunnel walk path. Husker JV team members should contact the Athletic Marketing Office if they have Fan Day questions.  

 

The Osborne Athletic Complex will not be open to the general public during Fan Day. Fans will have access to restrooms on the ground level, near gates 2, 15 and 24.

Water and Pepsi products will be for sale on the field with two locations along the East sideline. A Husker Fan Shop location with the latest adidas apparel and other merchandise will be located on the East sideline near the 50, while a Marketing tent will be available in the middle of the field.

Parking will be available for fans in lots on campus around Memorial Stadium for a charge of $5.




Lincoln -- Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinezearned a spot on a watch list for the fourth time in the last two weeks, as the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Martinez as one of 40 “players to watch” for its 2019 Player of the Year award.

 

Martinez looks to join a trio of Huskers who have won the Walter Camp winners, joining previous winners Johnny Rodgers (1972), Mike Rozier (1983) and Eric Crouch (2001). Martinez is one of seven Big Ten players on the Water Camp preseason list.

 

Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.

 

Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game.

 

Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a career-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.

 

Earlier this month, Martinez was named to the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien Award watch lists, as well as earning a place on the Big Ten’s Players to Watch list.

 

The Walter Camp watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in mid-November. The 2019 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 130 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN on Thursday, December 12.





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Class C -Syracuse - BRACKET 



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Class A - American Division - Kearney 

Class A - National Division - Creighton Prep 

Class B - Gering 




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