Last Friday's season-opening game for the Nebraska City football team at Omaha Roncalli was about a start, not a final result. Roncalli won the game, 57-22, and, no doubt that stung for the purple team, but it did not defeat what the squad was aiming for this year. Coach Dan Hempel began this year with a mission to build a program. And since there's no way that could happen in four quarters, the coach and his players have to take the longer view here. "There were some good things and there were things we need to work on," said Coach Hempel. "We will stick to the plan and that is to improve as a program daily. "It hurts to lose a game, but we needed to find out where we are competitively, what our strengths are and what our deficiencies are. "As long as we stick together through adversity, we will be OK." Looking back at the game, the quarterback spot was a bright one for Nebraska City as starter Bryce Levy completed 20 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Tyler Levy caught nine balls for 115 yards and both touchdowns. Tyler Lechner had four grabs and 96 yards. The scoring of the game began at the 11:33 mark of the first quarter on a 32 yard run by Roncalli's Alex Rodgers. The point after kick was good and it was 7-0. A 30-yard scoring pass by the Pride and a PAT kick made it 14-0 at the 8:18 mark of the first quarter and Rodgers scored on a 13-yard run at the 2:31 mark. A missed PAT had Roncalli ahead 20-0. Nebraska City got its first touchdown of the season when cousins Bryce and Tyler hooked up on a 23-yard pass. The PAT kick was good and it was 20-7. Jaydin Aldana got more points for Nebraska City when he picked up a Roncalli fumble in the end zone. The PAT failed, but Nebraska City only trailed by seven points. Roncalli stretched its lead back out before half. A 20-yard scoring pass, a 42-yard punt return and a 42-yard field goal made the score 37-13 at the break. A 15-yard scoring run at the 8:45 mark of the third quarter made the count 44-13 and Roncalli got a 40-yard run by Rodgers at the 4:45 mark to make it 50-13. Nebraska City posted its third and final touchdown of the game when Bryce and Tyler hooked up again, this time on pass covering 46 yards. A point after kick had the margin at 50-20. Roncalli got a 15-yard touchdown run with 1:04 left in the third quarter and Nebraska City got its last points on a fourth quarter safety against Roncalli to make the final 57-22.
Nebraska City will return to action for its first home game of the season on Friday against Beatrice.