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Former Star shines bright at Spring Game

Kearney Catholic Star Heinrich Haarberg throws game-winning touchdown
Published: May. 2, 2021 at 8:39 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The sun was shining, with barely a cloud in the sky as the Nebraska football team, for the first time since 2019, played in front of thousands of fans.

Coach Scott Frost said this week the Spring Game is a glorified practice but went on to say he likes to see how players respond to a big stage. When it was all said and done, former Kearney Catholic Star Heinrich Haarberg shined brightest throwing the game-winning touchdown pass.

“I never thought this morning I woke up and I wasn’t expecting that, that’s for sure but yeah it was surreal,” Haarberg said.

“Haarberg has a huge arm and he’s a really good athlete,” Frost said. “He’s a smart. It’s just a matter of catching him up with X’s and O’s. Knowing what to do and being efficient.”

After the game, Haarberg and other Kearney Catholic Star Matt Masker shared a moment with their former Coach Rashawn Harvey

“It was really cool. Kind of our first Nebraska game, two Kearney Catholic quarterbacks back here at Nebraska,” Haarberg said. “[Matt] is like a big brother to me so it was a really cool experience.”

“For him to come in and us to be on the same level now, on the same team again it’s something really special,” Masker said. “Heinrich and I take pride in being from a smaller school and we’re proud to represent Kearney Catholic. So yeah it’s awesome.”

Next up for Nebraska is the long break before fall camp. They open up their season on August 28th traveling to Illinois.

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