Exeter-Milligan-Friend Junior High Football team is pictured front row from the left: Ben Bartu, Braden Capek, Peyton Pribyl, Christian Weber, Casey Underwood, Jessie Duba, Kohl Svec. Back row from the left are: Daysan Staskal, Cade Kresak, Chase Svehla, Braden Benjamin, Jack Baptista, Andrew Lunt, Marcus Krupicka. Not pictured are Chase Vnoucek, Cooper Girmus, Parker Lofing.
Above -Cooper Girmus (50) follows Jack Baptista (21) in their game against East Butler. Also pictured is E-M-F player Casey Underwood (30)
Below – Christian Weber (15) lets a pass fly in their win over East Butler.
Kole Svec (9) carriers the ball for E-M-F, following the block of fullback Cooper Girmus (50).
Story by Brian Murphy
The Exeter-Milligan-Friend junior high football team recently completed the 2017 season with a 3-3 record. The team played against good competition throughout the season.
EMF opened the season traveling to Diller on September 5. After opening up a 28-6 halftime lead, EMF finished with a 34-20 victory over Diller-Odell. Christian Weber scored touchdowns on runs of 1, 2, and 14 yards. Weber hit Chase Svehla on a 16 yard TD. Jack Baptista ran 31 yards for a TD. Two point conversion passes were from Weber to Svehla and to Cooper Girmus. Defensively, Marcus Krupicka recovered a fumble.
On September 13, EMF hosted East Butler in Friend. The EMF defense had a strong performance in the 38-14 victory. Kole Svec intercepted an East Butler pass and Daysan Staskal and Jesse Duba recovered fumbles. Christian Weber (45 and 49 yards) and Jack Baptista (9 and 75 yards) had two rushing touchdowns. Weber hit Staskal on an 18 yard TD pass. Weber and Chase Svehla ran in 2-point conversions. Weber also threw conversions to Svehla and Duba.
After a week off, Meridian came to Milligan on September 25. EMF opened up a 32-0 lead after three quarters, en route to a 32-18 win. Christian Weber scored TDs on runs of 9, 15, and 18 yards. In addition, he found the end zone on a 71 yard punt return. Parker Lofing and Casey Underwood ran in conversions and Weber hit Chase Svehla for a third. On defense, EMF scored when Peyton Pribyl tackled a Meridian runner in the end zone for a safety. Lofling, Underwood, and Kole Svec had fumble recoveries.
On October 2, EMF traveled to Henderson to play Heartland. EMF was unable to score in the first half. In the second half, EMF scored on touchdown runs of 13 and 53 yards by Daysan Staskal and a 46 yard run by Christian Weber. Staskal also returned a kick-off 53 yards for a TD. Conversion passes were Weber to Peyton Pribyl and Staskal to Chase Svehla. Parker Lofing also ran a conversion in. Staskal had a fumble recovery for the EMF defense.
It was a cold, windy Monday, October 9 in Milligan when Cross County visited. Cross County went home with a 58-8 win over EMF. Christian Weber scored EMFs only TD on a 45 yard run. Weber hit Chase Svehla for a conversion pass. Braden Capek and Casey Underwood recovered fumbles for EMF.
To end the season, EMF traveled to Osceola to play High Plains/Osceola. After the first quarter, EMF was up 14-8. The game remained tight through the third quarter, with High Plains/Osceola up 30-22. In the fourth, EMF could not find the end zone and ended up on the short end of a 50-22 score. Christian Weber was involved in all the EMF scoring. He ran 18 and 29 yards for scores. Also, he hit Cooper Girmus, who made a diving catch for a 12 yard TD reception. Weber and Girmus connected for a conversion and Weber ran one in.
This was the fourth year for the two schools to team up at the junior high level on the gridiron. Over the four seasons, EMF junior high football has compiled a 13-10 record. Brian Murphy, Jay Hitchcock, and Treven Cerveny coached this season’s team of 17 players.