GILTNER — By now, most people know how successful the Giltner athletic program has been recently. Entering this fall, the Hornets have two state championships in boys basketball to go alongside a runner up trophy in football over the last four years.
And now, Giltner finally has the elusive football state championship trophy — its first since 1984.
Of course any state championship season is going to be viewed as a success, but the 2012 Hornets football season is truly one to be remembered. And it will be, if not by the players, fans and opponents, then by the record books. Giltner set 22 Nebraska season, career and playoff records this year on its way to a perfect 13-0 season and the Class D-2 state championship.
Most of those records start with the field general, quarterback Jake Findley.
After leading his team to a 10-1 season that ended in the quarterfinals last season, Findley came back and was on fire all season long. He alone set or tied nine individual records this season, including most total yards in a season (4,430), most touchdown passes in a season (66) and most touchdowns in a career (109). The only stat category he didn't fill this year is interceptions — as in he didn't throw one pick in the entire 2012 season.
It's stats like that that led to Findley being named the 2012 Tribland small school player of the year.