WHEN THE SKY IS THE LIMIT: There was a football game played in Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium this past Saturday afternoon.

It felt like your normal game day but this was ONLY a spring game - a glorified scrimmage if you will. I am quite sure that the 60-some recruits soaking in the Big Red Nation atmosphere were in awe of what was taking place around them.

The Tunnel Walk “One State, One Heartbeat” left a lump in more than one throat, and the pregame hype was stunning. We saw this a year ago. So many hopes. So many dreams. The season started with six straight losses and the excitement of that previous April afternoon soon disappeared over the western horizon.

Spring Game No. 2 of Scott Frost’s career at Nebraska has us dreaming and hoping once again. But you could feel a difference in the air.

All of a sudden the defense, that has been an Achilles heel for so long, had the vaunted Husker offense under control, and even without several offensive starters on the field, Adrian Martinez and others were able to move the ball well at times.

For the first time in a long time, there is a REAL feeling of respect for NU football across the country. How often can you say that about a team coming off of a 4-8 record?

I will be the first person to suggest that we don’t get too pumped up about what we saw Saturday and what people are saying about the upcoming 2019 edition of the Huskers.

We now have four months to dissect and study the upcoming season, four months that will allow us to prepare for what should be a very exciting football season.

Is the sky the limit for this team? Only the moon, sun, and stars know that answer to that one.

WEATHER WINS ANOTHER TROPHY: I was very excited about the Central Conference soccer tournament that was to be held last week. Boys teams from Schuyler, Northwest, Crete, and York all field great units, and we were looking at a competitive and exciting tournament.

Then Thursday rolled around. Snow in the west, thunderstorms in the central part of the state, rain in the east. It was the same routine and same story that we have been living with since mid-January.

With Thursday’s matches trashed by the weather and District Music competitions scheduled for Friday, the decision was made by conference officials to cancel the tournament.

To postpone the event and move it to this week was nearly impossible with all of the other events going on just before Easter. Schuyler certainly could have used a 3-0 run through the tournament field to boost their point standing in the wild card race, so now they need to take care of business in the final three matches of the regular season.

RETURN TO GLORY: The Tiger Woods Miracle! That is what they are saying about Tiger’s performance in the Master’s Tournament. Tiger finished the 72 holes with a one-shot victory over the trio of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele with consistent rounds of 70, 68, 67, and 70.

Seeing the ball drop into the cup on the 18th green was a thrilling moment, but seeing Tiger surrounded by his mother and his two children on the walk to the clubhouse was like a moment frozen in time that we will never forget.

At the age of 43, Tiger donned his fifth green jacket. All will hold special meaning for him, but I have to think that jacket number five will be the one that he will always treasure the most.

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

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