The Schuyler Central High School football team showed signs of breaking out of its long losing slump in the season opener against Platteview.

We discovered much about this team. They are improved over the 2016 team. They are able to hit you with a quick strike on both the ground and through the air. Kevin Contreras showed terrific speed and great footwork on his 40-yard touchdown jaunt, Jesus Maganda showed foot speed of the surprising variety as he outraced the Platteview defense on his 35-yard scoring blast and the Mason Kovar hook-up to Jackson Settles covering 80 yards was an amazing sight to behold.

The Warriors also found they are a better team at running between the tackles than they are trying to get around the outside. When the Warrior running backs toted the ball up the middle they ate up chunks of yards to the tune of 6 to 7 yards per carry. Now they have to eliminate the plethora of penalties that pushed them back time and time again and took Schuyler away from its inside running game.

If the Warriors are going to end their losing streak in 2017 they must play better on defense. Platteview had a good quarterback in Jacob Romsa, but he is not the best SCHS will see this season. The Warriors are going to have to take away the corners and shore up their pass defense over the middle. If they do that, they are certainly capable of hitting the win column this season.

NU volleyball

I doubt if Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook has hit the panic button just yet, but after season-opening losses to No. 18 Oregon and No. 12 Florida last weekend the previously fifth-ranked Huskers are staring an 0-2 record in the face. Nebraska was without a pair of its planned starters and is still trying to get a team rhythm going with so many new players on the court. Once this short “reloading” process is over and everyone is healthy again, the Huskers will be the feared volleyball power we have come to know and love once again.

College football

It’s finally here. The start of the college football season is finally upon us. (Last weekend didn’t count due to lack of interest, at least in the state of Nebraska.)

Most of the “experts” have Nebraska picked third or fourth in the Big Ten West. That is too low. I heard an interesting talk show this past week where the hosts were picking the top games in order of greatest importance the Huskers will play this season. There were the usual Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Penn State, Ohio State and Northwestern picks, but one matchup was overlooked.

As far as the most important game of the season one needs to look no further than the one being played Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska is talking the talk. Now the Huskers have to walk the walk. More and more excitement is coming out of the Nebraska camp with the talk about Tanner Lee at quarterback and Bob Diaco’s energy as the new defensive coordinator. Nebraska must have a good opening game against Arkansas State.

If the Huskers struggle it is going to be a horrible season. Nebraska should win by at least three touchdowns. This team needs to prove the national critics wrong and show the college football world it’s capable of doing great things this year. The game against Arkansas State will be the perfect venue to make that happen. I look for the Huskers to start the season with a bang as they handle Arkansas St. by a score of 45-14.

Labor Day

It’s almost Labor Day weekend in Schuyler. I encourage you to check out the chamber of commerce website for a complete listing of the weekend’s activities. It all starts with the Schuyler Warriors’ first home football game of the season 7 p.m. Friday against Hastings.

Of course, it is all highlighted with the Schuyler Labor Day parade on Monday. There are many exciting things happening between those two events. Take advantage of this opportunity to show your love for the community of Schuyler.

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