Platteview’s triple-option offense seemed to wear down  the Pioneer football team before taking a 21-3 decision last Friday.
Nebraska City’s defense showed its strength in the first quarter when Trojan running back Joss Linse caught a long pass on a wheel route and cornerback Tyler Levy stripped the ball away for a Pioneer turnover.
Nebraska City had momentum on their side when Bryce Levy threw a screen pass to Jace Becker for a 24 yard gain.  On fourth down, the Pioneers missed a 43-yard field goal.
In the second quarter with the Trojans on the move, Jaydin Aldana came away with a big sack to force Platteview to punt.
In the third quarter with the game still scoreless, the Pioneers possessed the ball on the Trojan 29-yard line when first-year kicker Hector Gonzalez drilled a school record 46-yard field goal to give NC a 3-0 lead.
On Platteview’s next possession, the Trojans drove the ball 63 yards and quarterback Jacob Romsa ran the ball in from two yards out. With 6:17 remaining in the third, the Trojans led 7-3.
Still in the third quarter, Nebraska City’s defense stood tall as Platteview missed a field goal from 33 yards out.
In the fourth quarter the Pioneers attempted to punt on their own 14 yard line but a botched snap proved crucial as Platteview took over on the Pioneers five yard line. A short TD run made it 14-3 with 10:37 in the fourth.
Platteview scored again when Romsa kept the ball on the option and took it to the house for a 23 yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-3.
Nebraska City had one more drive as the Pioneers  reached  the Trojan’s 17-yard line, but  on fourth down,  Bryce Levy’s pass fell incomplete to Tyler Lechner.
Coach Dan Hempel said he was proud of his teams effort and how hard they fought and explained that, as a coaching staff, the Pioneers need to give multiple looks offensively, especially in the red zone, as the Trojans showed different looks on defense.
“They threw some different things at us defensively that we didn’t see on film.” Coach Hempel said.  “If the defense isn’t giving you want you want, then you have to be conservative with it.”
Installing a new system takes time, Coach Hempel noted, and this is just the beginning phase. As the team presses ahead and becomes more familiar and adjusted they will become in the future.
Bryce Levy finished the game 12-of-26 passing for 126 yards.  Becker had 10 rushes for 66 yards,  Dylan Knoell six for 22 yards and Tyler Levy had two carries for 30 yards.
Tyler Levy was the teams leading receiver with five catches for 65 yards. Jace Becker had two catches for 35. Tyler Lechner had four for 38 and Brady Rose caught a pass for seven yards.
Nebraska City will be on the road at Plattsmouth on Friday at 7 p.m.