The Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca football team has been in the playoffs every year since 2002. This season, the team won a district title and recorded an unbeaten regular season record to extend that postseason streak to 12 years.
Now that the Rockets are in the playoffs, they’re going to try to break a trend.
It’s been four years since S-D-A got out of the first round.
The Rockets won their way to the quarterfinal round back in 2009, losing in a close game against Boys Town.
On Thursday night, the Rockets will open play in the eastern bracket of the state playoffs as a No. 1 seed and take on No. 16 Raymond Central, 3-5.
A victory in the opening round would put the Rockets in a second round match up on Wednesday against the winner of No. 8 Columbus Lakeview and No. 9 Columbus Scotus.
Other seeds from the eastern bracket are No. 2 Lincoln Christian; No. 3 Ashland-Greenwood; No. 4 Bishop Neumann; and No. 5 Wahoo.
Top seeds from the western bracket are No. 1 Cozad; No. 2 Boone Central/Newman Grove; No. 3 Norfolk Catholic; No. 4 Gothenburg; and No. 5 Broken Bow.
Turning to the Class B playoffs, which open Friday, a few foes of the Nebraska City Pioneers are going to be in action. No. 5 Ralston will play at home against No. 12 Elkhorn. No. 10 Elkhorn South will travel to play No. 7 Beatrice. No. 11 Platsmouth will play at No. 6 Aurora. And No. 15 Norris will play at No. 2 Omaha Skutt.