HASTINGS — Hunter Mortimer has helped Weeping Water achieve great success on the football pitch with his intensity, athleticism and work ethic.
He got to dress up as a high school athlete one last time on Saturday night.
Mortimer competed in the 45th edition of the Sertoma 8-Man All-Star Classic. Players from all over Nebraska traveled to Adams Central High School in Hastings for the football game. Athletes who were seniors last fall were split into East and West teams.
Mortimer was a member of the East team in the game. Players received medals during pre-game presentations on the pitch before the action began in front of a large crowd.
The West team led 14-0 after one quarter and increased the lead to 20-0 on the first play of the second period. Mortimer came into the game as the East quarterback early in the second quarter. He led the team on a practice that closed the gap to 28-8. He completed several passes during the series and almost scored on a run down the middle with 5:45 left.
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The West team led 31-8 at halftime and scored on the first down of the third quarter. The Western team won the match 59-14.
Mortimer helped Weeping Water during his four years with the program. He finished his high school career with 4,182 rushing yards and 2,638 passing yards. Weeping Water advanced to the Class D-1 playoff quarterfinals in his junior year and returned to the playoffs in his senior season.
Mortimer led Weeping Water’s rushing offense as a senior with 1,626 yards and 26 touchdowns on 199 carries. He completed 50 passes for 888 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was the team’s leading tackler with 54 solo saves and 71 saves assisted. He also threw six times for 199 yards and averaged 30.6 yards on five kickoffs.
Mortimer will play football at Concordia University. He plans to major in agricultural business at school.