Former Overton MONSTER Orion Matthies will be inducted into the Nebraska Eight-Man Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday during a halftime ceremony at the Sertoma 8-Man All-Star Football Game at Adams Central High School. . Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
It’s that time of year again. As a member of the NEMFCA Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, I am honored to introduce to you our thirteenth of 14 members of the NEMFCA Class of 2022 Hall of Fame.
Our 13th salute goes to one of the most dominant linemen in Nebraska 8-a-side football history, Mr. Orion Matthies. Overton’s former three-time selection was a towering number at 6-7 and 310lbs and Lord takes pity on anyone across the O line having to battle Matthies the Monster all night.
Of course, it didn’t get much better if you were a defensive lineman and went over to the other side, because there was Travis Nitsche, who was down 6-4 and weighed in at 240.
Few 8-Man players make the Super-State (all Nebraska) team, but Orion Matthies passed his senior year in 2004.
And now we proudly present Orion’s NEMFCA Hall of Fame biography;
ORION MATTHIES – OVERTON HIGH SCHOOL
From 2001 to 2004, Orion was a force at the line of scrimmage while playing for Hall of Famer Glen Snodgrass and the powerhouse Eagles teams of the early 2000s.
As one of the best inside linemen in eight-player history, he helped lead Overton to the playoff quarterfinals as a sophomore and then to State Runner-Up finishes in his junior and senior campaigns. . During his prep career, Orion was selected 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-State 3 times.
In the summer of 2005, he was also selected to play in the All-Eight All-Star Game, the Nebraska vs. Oklahoma All-Star Game, and the Nebraska Shrine Bowl game.
After high school, Orion went on to a highly successful playing career at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he was named team captain 3 times, was also selected to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 4 times and at the end of the Lopers’ 2010 season, he was named to the Division II U.S. Soccer Team.
After college, Orion returned to Overton to coach at his alma mater. In the decade (plus) since returning home, he continues to be a mentor to current and future Eagle players and to give back to his community.
The NEMFCA is honored to welcome him to the Hall of Fame Eight-Man Class of 2022.