PAPILLION — Schuyler played tough but fell 35-21 to Platteview on Friday to open the 2017 season.
The game was played at Papillion-La Vista South as Platteview’s new field isn’t completed yet.
The first half was dominated by Platteview’s standout senior quarterback Jacob Romsa, who had two passing touchdowns and another on the ground as the Trojans built a 28-7 halftime lead.
Romsa carried the ball 25 times for 119 yards and completed 10 of 16 passes for 147 yards in the game.
Schuyler had a tough time moving the ball early on. The Warriors scored their first touchdown of the season on a fourth-and-1 play when senior running back Jesus Maganda burst through the line and toted the pigskin 35 yards to pay dirt. Maganda also kicked the extra point to put the score at 20-7 in favor of Platteview.
He led Schuyler with 74 yards on nine carries.
Schuyler was its own worst enemy at times, picking up a number of penalties at critical junctures of the first half. Despite those mistakes, head coach Aaron Thumann was pleased with the way his team came out of the starting gate.
“We had a lot of energy this week. We had a lot of intensity. The kids have a different feel about things this year and it is great to see that,” he said.
“A lot of things happened tonight that were things that we could have prevented,” Thumann added. “We had penalties at bad times. It is good that we are getting our intensity level up for the game, but we can’t hurt ourselves getting penalties with a taunt or anything like that.”
Five unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were called in the game, with three against Schuyler and two against Platteview.
The Warriors found the end zone again on their third offensive series of the second half on a nifty run by quarterback Kevin Contreras.
Contreras ran to his right, where he was met by several Trojan defenders, then reversed directions and found a path to the end zone on the 40-yard run to put the score at 28-13 after the missed PAT.
Romsa scored from the 1-yard line for his fourth TD of the game to put Platteview on top 35-13 with 8:58 left in the game.
Schuyler took over at its own 32-yard line following the kickoff, but turned the ball over two plays later when Contreras’ errant pitch was recovered by Platteview’s Keegan Kulm.
On Platteview’s next drive Contreras collided with teammate Caleb Novak while defending a Trojan receiver and had to be assisted off the field with an apparent knee injury.
“Kevin is a really strong kid and a great leader of our program. He will probably be there Monday first thing and wanting to get back at it. At this point we really don’t know anything,” Thumann said.
Senior quarterback Mason Kovar entered the game on the next series to replace Contreras. On his first snap from center Kovar and Maganda missed the handoff exchange and the play resulted in a fumble recovered by Platteview at the Schuyler 9-yard line.
The Schuyler defense held strong from there, and Romsa missed a 36-yard field goal to give possession back to the Warriors with 5:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Kovar atoned for his earlier fumble with an 80-yard scoring strike to Jackson Settles, who darted untouched into the Trojan end zone. Maganda rumbled in on the two-point conversion to bring Schuyler within 35-21.
“I pulled Mason over and told him that I knew that he had a cold arm. They knew that we wanted to run the football. They kept sucking up and sucking up,” Thumann said. “I wanted to come out right away and throw it over the top. He just looked at me and said, ‘I got it coach.’ That is what we talk about when it comes to stepping up. When your opportunity comes you need to step up because you might only get one chance in the game.”
Schuyler had one more offensive series but couldn’t capitalize as Platteview closed out the win.
The Warriors amassed 327 yards of total offense with 234 rushing yards on 37 carries and 93 yards through the air on three completions. Platteview totaled 455 yards with 308 coming on the ground and 147 through the air.
Schuyler hosts Hastings, which lost its season opener 21-7 to Scottsbluff, at 7 p.m. Friday.