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Doug’s Dugout

August 31, 2018

THE UPS AND THE DOWNS

It was an interesting week for the athletic teams at Schuyler Central High School. It is not always easy to gauge what a season holds in store for a team based on one week of action so we shall not get ahead of ourselves just yet.

The softball team has about a quarter of its season played already and they stand at 2-6 with a win over Madison and home losses to Boone Central/Newman Grove and the Polk County Slammers last week.

There were moments of brilliance but also those moments of weakness as well.

The volleyball team played a good C-1 squad in Wisner-Pilger, but they struggled even though they sent an experienced team to the court.

Better times do lie ahead for the Lady Warriors despite their slow start.

The cross country team had an exhibition with Columbus High, Columbus Scotus, and Columbus Lakeview and they looked sharp with several high finishes. As we thought, Cristobal Gonzalez and Edith Oliden will be leading the boys and girls teams respectively.

The football team ended the week with a loss to Nebraska City that ended an 11-game losing streak for the Pioneers. There were high hopes that the Warriors would pick up steam at the start of the 2018 season after closing the 2017 season with the 21-18 win over South Sioux City but that was not the case last Friday night.

I heard lots of negative talk by fans as they left the stadium, but we must remember that it was only one game and that this is a team that, on paper, should be a better squad than the one that took the field a year ago.

As one of the coaches stated, “Please don’t give up on us yet.” We certainly won’t … and that goes for all the SCHS teams. We have only just begun and there are many wins waiting in the wings for the Warriors and Lady Warriors if they keep their heads up and fight on.

IT’S BEGINNING TO FROST

The Coach Scott Frost chapter of Nebraska football lore is about ready to take off for real this Saturday in Lincoln when the Huskers host the Akron Zips (gotta love that goofy kangaroo mascot) in a 7:00 p.m. kickoff that can be seen on FOX.

Now that the quarterback controversy is over and Adrian Martinez has been selected as the young man to lead the speedy hurry-up offense, we can concentrate on the game itself.

Just because Nebraska was listed as a 24-point favorite this past Monday we have to remember that the Huskers were a prohibitive favorite over Arkansas State it last year’s season opener yet they needed a dropped pass in the end zone to hold on for the victory. There is a lot of excitement to be sure spreading across Husker Nation as there should be. The Zipadeedoodahs should struggle mightily against the Huskers and have a difficult time trying to keep up with this new offense.

It will be a show for the ages. I see the final as being Nebraska 56 and Akron 23.

CLASS B FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS

This was so much fun last week that I will try it again. Chadron 34-Alliance 14, Beatrice 35-Plattsmouth 12, Waverly 21-Bennington 17, York 44-Blair 21, Norris 21-Crete 20, Seward 41-Gering 7, Gross Catholic 23-Mount Michael Benedictine 14, Scottsbluff 42-Hastings 7, (GAME OF THE WEEK) McCook 17-Grand Island Northwest 14, Skutt Catholic 21-Roncalli Catholic 17, Ralston 38-South Sioux City 12, Schuyler 14-Lexington 12.

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