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Doug’s Dugout: Primed and ready for winter sports

November 29, 2018

WINTER SPORTS ARRIVE: Thursday, Nov. 29 will be a very busy night in the sporting world at Schuyler Central High School as the wrestling team, the boys basketball team, and the girls basketball team all get their 2018-2019 seasons underway.

The wrestlers travel to Crete to open with a dual against the Cardinals. The wrestlers return a wealth of experience from a year ago and have the necessary depth at nearly every weight class to pose a serious threat in the Class B ranks this season.

On Saturday, Dec. 1 they hit the road to participate in the York Invitational, an event they have fared very well in the past few seasons.

The boys and girls basketball teams host the teams from Madison on Thursday night before hosting North Bend on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and traveling to Plattsmouth on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The girls return four starters from last year’s team while the boys will be looking to build experience early with a very young returning squad. Good luck to all three teams as they look for strong starts to their upcoming campaigns.

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM FOURTH AND 8: Forty two seconds were all that remained in the game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City last weekend.

The Hawkeyes faced fourth and eight to go on the Nebraska 37-yard line. Nebraska brought a hard blitz. Alas, it never got close to Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley.

The QB step backed away cooly and found tight end T.J. Hockenson over the middle for a ten-yard completion, a first down, and an eventual winning field goal from Miguel Recinos. OUCH! We will never know why the Nebraska defensive gave a 12-yard cushion on a play that needed only eight yards.

We will never know why Nebraska didn’t double cover the obvious receiving target and running back with the idea of an all-out blitz on the critical fourth down play. What we do know is that the Huskers took advantage of mysterious Iowa playcalling in the second half to overcome a 28-13 disadvantage to tie the Hawkeyes at 28-28 with 3:22 left in the game.

The team that looked so soft and disorganized six short weeks ago was on the verge of knocking off a superior Iowa team. We learned that on a misty and cold day in Iowa City, the Husker team that walked off the field following that oh so tough loss to the Hawkeyes finished the season miles ahead from where they started the 2018 campaign.

We learned that this team came together under the leadership of their coaching staff and became a family on the field. We learned that Scott Frost knew what he was talking about when he stated firmly before the beginning of the season, “Look out for year two.”

Had that pass not been completed with 42 seconds remaining, Nebraska would have taken over at their own 37 with a good shot at pulling off the upset.

We will never know if that could or would have happened. What we do know is that this 4-8 season sure felt a whole lot better than the 4-8 season of a year ago. Perhaps that 41-yard field goal with no time left was nothing more than a spring-board for something very special in 2019 for the Huskers and their fans.

WHY NOT MAKE THE GYMNASIUM AT SCHS YOUR HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME THIS WINTER: After watching attendance improve a great deal at softball games, volleyball matches, and football games this past fall, it’s time to focus on the winter sports seasons.

There are many exciting home encounters on the docket. If you have not purchased your sports passes already, this would be a great time to do so.

All the teams expect, appreciate, and need your support during the coming months. Please plan on attending a game or ten and help to cheer the Warriors on to victory!

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