Dayne Hinrichs, shown running against Kenesaw back in October, will represent Giltner in the Sertoma 8-Man Classic Saturday at Hastings College. (Independent/Andrew Carpenean)

Giltner graduate Dayne Hinrichs doesn’t need to be given any sort of history lesson about the Sertoma 8-Man Classic.

The quarterback is fully aware of what the game signifies both for him and the Hornets.

“It means a lot for me to be a part of this game,” Hinrichs said. “We’ve had a lot of great football players that have come through Giltner, players like Logan Rath, Drew Ott, Nate Most. To be a Giltner alum now and to represent Giltner one last time, I’m super humbled that they chose me.

“I think I’m one of eight (Giltner) players to be selected to this game and I have a little wager with my cousin Josh who made it here last year. I had to make sure that I had a good senior year and made it.”

But just being in the game won’t help Hinrichs out in the cousin challenge. Josh had a 62-yard touchdown reception in the West’s 39-17 victory.

“He got a touchdown last year in this game, so I have to make sure that I get a touchdown and maybe double his,” said Hinrichs, who will try to help the West extend its winning streak to four years.

But offense isn’t the only place where the 6-foot-1, 182-pounder could make an impact during Saturday’s 6 p.m. contest at Hastings College.

“I’ll be playing quarterback and maybe a little free safety,” he said. “Coaches are moving me around trying to find me the best position so that I can go out there and perform on Saturday.”

Hinrichs was the latest quarterback to put up big numbers directing Giltner’s spread offense. As a senior, he completed 163 of 304 passes for 2,061 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

After running an offense that he was so familiar with, trying to learn the West’s scheme in less than a week can be a challenge.

“Me and the other quarterback (Arapahoe’s Gentry Anderson) say this is like learning Chinese,” Hinrichs said. “We’re trying to learn it as fast as we can. From Mr. Ashby (former Giltner coach Jeff) to now coach (Chip) Bartos, we’ve had the same offense for as long as I can remember.

“Just going under center has been a little bit of a challenge. During track season I worked a little bit with coach Bartos trying to get me prepared to go under center. I think I’ve done a pretty good job, but it’s been a little bit of a learning curve going under center and learning the new plays.”

Expect the West to use a run-pass mix to get the ball into the hands of its large group of playmakers.

“We’ve got a lot of good running backs like Riley (Racicky) from Pleasanton and Lane Edis from Mullen and (Riverside’s) Ty Martinsen,” Hinrichs said. “We’ve got a great group of guys over there, and I think we have enough good wide receivers and linemen that we can throw a little bit.”

Hinrichs doesn’t expect perfection on offense with the short time to prepare. But he knows that limiting miscues will be a big part of the West being successful.

“There’s going to be mistakes with not quite knowing the full play, but as long as every goes hard and gives their full effort then I think the team that has the least amount of mistakes is going to win that game on Saturday,” he said.

Hinrichs said he didn’t receive much interest from college football coaches, so he will move on from competitive sports this fall when he attends Nebraska-Kearney to major in business administration.

“I decided on the college of my choice and will play intramurals,” he said. “I played in three all-star basketball games (this summer). To play in those three games and to know that my basketball career is over is kind of sad, but I’m glad that I get to go out there and perform one more time in football.”

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