Year Player % of Total
1988 S. Carmer 20.39%
1989 J. Glock 26.90%
1990 J. Glock 31.90%
1991 J. Glock 33.69%
1992 Trent Toline 20.00%
1993 J. Weyand 23.81%
1994 M. Hancock 25.01%
1995 M. Simons 35.08%
The 1995 team depended more on one player (Mike Simons) for scoring than any of the previous Wahoo teams since 1988.
YEAR Defensive Average
1988 43.79
1989 46.80
1990 45.53
1991 45.73
1992 47.64
1993 48.28
1994 52.21
1995 54.54
The 1995 team allowed the most points per game of any team since 1988.


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A big part of the Wahoo winning tradition was scoring lots of points and the 1995 team would uphold that tradition. The 1995 Warriors averaged 81.6 points per game. When compared to the previous Wahoo teams, especially the two seasons immediately prior to 1995, the scoring might be judged as down a bit.  Of the eight teams since the initial championship year of 1988, the 1995 team was the sixth best. But that was a very high standard -- four Wahoo teams ('94, '93, '91, '90) ranked in the top ten all time in Nebraska for average points in a season.  And as of this writing (2017) the 1995 Warriors still rank #6 all time among Wahoo teams

However, the 1995 team was a little different in how they went about scoring all those points.  In the previous two seasons, Wahoo's offensive output had been all about balanced scoring.  The 1993 Warriors had five players average in double figures; the 1994 team had four.  Going into the season, Coach Watton expressed a desire to maintain that balance:  "I think there's three or four kids that are definitely capable of scoring in double figures – I think we can have pretty good balance."  Close, but not quite – three players would average double digit points:  Eric Eddie (15.19), Josh Anderson (16.38) and Mike Simons (28.62).  The obvious dominance of Mike Simons in the scoring statistics was more like the Warriors during Jason Glock's career, than the previous two years.  Glock had averaged 28 ('90) and 30 ('91) points his last two seasons.  Simons tied Glock's record of 14 thirty point games in 1991.  More so than in recent years, the 1995 team was depending on one player (Simons) to shoulder the scoring load. By the end of the season, Simons led the team in scoring 21 times.

Perhaps the biggest difference between 1995 and previous teams was on the defensive side.  It had often been acknowledged that Wahoo's proliferative offense was the product of its aggressive defense.  For the most part, the 1995 Warriors employed the same defensive strategy (a variety of presses combined with a 1-3-1 half court zone).  But, the defensive average of 54.5 was the lowest in eight seasons.  Wahoo teams had a reputation for using full court pressure to jump on teams early and often put the game out of reach even before half time.  The young Warriors of 1995 found that more difficult to do.  In the first three games of the season Wahoo's lead at half time was 1 point (Seward), 2 points (Logan View) and 7 points (Bennington).  After leading by only one at half against Logan View, the Warriors did show they had the ability to shut an opponent down – they outscored the Raiders 29 – 1 in the third period.   Coach Watton lamented, "I hope we don't get in the habit of thinking we can turn it off and on whenever we want."  Following the Bennington game, Coach Watton pointed out the problem:  "The only way we'll get better (with the press) is by doing it in game situations.  It's an area we need to improve." It wasn't until the seventh game of the season that Wahoo produced a twenty point lead at halftime when they led Palmer 42 – 17.  For the year, the average lead at the half was 20 points, the lowest in six years. When Wahoo did get things going against Raymond Central and took a 16 point half time lead, Coach Watton commented, "It was a welcome sight to see us effectively run the press."  So, maybe it was just an early season adjustment for the least experienced team Wahoo had fielded in eight seasons.  But team statistics showed another low point – in 1995 Wahoo forced an average of 19 turnovers, the lowest since 1989.  Still, many teams fall short of forcing 19 turnovers in any game, much less averaging that many.

The 1995 Warriors may have slipped a notch or two statistically when compared to its predecessors, but they were far from slouches and were still one of the best teams in their class.  The Warriors were the highest scoring team in the Class C1 field at the 1995 state tournament and their point differential was the best. And in the most important statistic, the 1995 Warriors were winners, recording 25 wins with only one loss.