HASTINGS – Two coaches, fourteen players and one contributor have been named to the 2019 Eight-Man Football Hall of Fame. They will be inducted during ceremonies to be held Saturday, June 15 at the Tom Osborne Family Sports Complex in Hastings, Nebraska.
The Hall of Fame is presented by the Nebraska Eight-Man Football Coaches Association and sponsored by Pinnacle Bank of Nebraska. Induction ceremonies will be held at halftime of the 42nd annual Sertoma Eight-Man All-Star Game played at Hastings College. Kickoff for the game will be 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
Over the next several days the York News-Times will feature each of the inductees with a short write-up on each leading up to the June 15 induction.
Bob Jensen, Huskerland Prep report (contributor)
An Arnold, Nebraska native, Huskerland Bob is one of the most respected members of the Nebraska High School Sports Media. Every year since 1990 the publisher of Huskerland Prep Report has had enthusiastic high school football fans seeking out his weekly newspaper and daily website coverage. Over the years, he has spotlighted small-town football from across the state with over 1,200 feature articles on Eight-Man football. Bob’s efforts to promote our game from his platform have been paramount to its continued growth and success. His 30-year chronicle of everyone’s favorite teams, coaches and athletes is what has made his contribution to our sport so significant – but Bob considers his 33-year marriage to his wife, Penni, and being Matt and Jessie’s father as his greatest accomplishments. In 2015, Bob was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, and for his efforts to promote Nebraska Eight-Man football, the NEMFCA is honored to welcome him into our Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Clint Eikmeier, Dodge Pirates (player)
In high school, Clint played quarterback and linebacker while leading his team to three state titles in four years as part of the Dodge Football Dynasty of the 1990s. From 1996 to 1999 he compiled Pirate records for most tackles in a game, season and career. During that span, he was named first team All-Cornhusker Conference three times, first team all-state twice and was selected to play in the 2000 Eight-Man all-star game. Clint was also a standout athlete at the collegiate level. In college, he played linebacker at Midland University where he is the school’s all-time leader in tackles in a game with 26 total, and in a career with 387 stops. Clint was selected All-Conference and All-American on two occasions, as well as being named the Outstanding Male Athlete for the Tigers in 2003. He is considered by many as one of the best defenders in both Dodge High School and Midland University’s history. The NEMFCA is honored to welcome him into the Hall of Fame Class of 2019.