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It's Homecoming week for Schuyler Central High School. Homecoming is filled with the usual excitement of themed dress up days, decorations, a big home game and the coronation of royalty and big dance that follow.

This is the latest Homecoming week that comes to mind as it happens to fall on the final football game of the season for the Warriors. It seems different this fall with the softball team and girls golf team already hanging up their uniforms for another year, but that is just the way that things ended up falling this year.

Leading up to the South Sioux City game, the volleyball team has a Thursday night home encounter against York, and Marisol Deanda and Eduardo Carrasco will be chasing after medals in the state cross country meet in Kearney on Friday.

Then on Friday night, the Warriors will be seeking their first win of the season against the 1-8 South Sioux City Cardinals. It should be a good game between two evenly-matched squads.

As coach Ankrah said following the Roncalli game, “It’s always good to end the season with a victory to keep the momentum moving on into the next season.”

Because of all the homecoming special festivities, the game is scheduled to kick-off at 6:00 p.m. That is one hour early than normal so set yourself a reminder of the time change.

KUDOS TO THE MARCHING WARRIORS: Being a former band director at Schuyler Central High School, it has warmed my heart to see the band take a major step forward this fall under the leadership of its directors Ben Coatney, Troy Ehmke, and Morgan Semerad.

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This is the first time in several years that the band went back to marching with students in grades 9-12 instead of 8-12. Of special note is the improvement in the color guard. I have seen several videos of Ms. Nicole Taylor working with elementary students on their color guard skills, and this will certainly help keep the improvement moving forward. Following the Homecoming football game Friday night, the marching season will be over for another year (How in the world is that possible?) and I look forward to seeing them again in 2020.

NO! DON’T DO IT: As soon as many Husker fans heard that Illinois had defeated Wisconsin, the brain calculators started buzzing and whirring. I have already heard the reasoning several dozen times this week: “If Nebraska beats Wisconsin, runs the table, and Minnesota loses three of their last five games (which is quite possible because they have the meat of their schedule staring them in the face) then Nebraska can win the Western division of the Big Ten.”

PLEASE, don’t set yourselves up for more Nebraska heartbreak. All of these things are possible, but Nebraska has not shown us that it can beat Indiana this week much less the likes of Wisconsin and Iowa.

Nebraska is a work in progress. Expecting the Huskers to win the West in 2019 was not fair to this team. The dynamics of what Coach Frost and his staff did at UCF are completely different than what they had to face in the mess left behind by Coach Riley in Lincoln.

I would be satisfied by a bowl game this year, an upper tier bowl game next year and a possible conference division title in 2021. This team needs time, and I am not talking about five weeks. Nebraska can restore its program to new days of glory but it won’t happen this season.

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net

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