The Nebraska City Pioneers will have plenty of depth during the 2018 football season and second year Coach, Dan Hempel, is ready to get the season under way.
“It’s really exciting,” Hempel said.  “It’s pretty cool when everyone is working hard and the mind set is awesome.”
This year, the Pioneers will be in Class C-1 due to lower enrollment and an Nebraska Scholiastic Activities Association rule which counts enrollment differently for football.  
Bryce Levy will lead the Pioneers at the quarterback position and Tyler Levy will lead the receiving core.  Bryce Levy has the school record in passing yards in one game with 288.  Tyler Levy has the school record in receptions in one season with 46.
Jaden Aldana takes control of a big and fast offensive and defensive line.  Aldana recorded 21 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
“These guys are fun to be around and we have to maintain that mind set because we are attacking this year,” Hempel said.
Hempel said that they have a chip on their shoulder after a 0-9 season and that NC is focusing on getting in shape with a lot more conditioning this season.  Hempel said that the team has the talent, the size, and attitude.  “Once the conditioning gets better, we will be ready to go,”  said Hempel.
With the much added depth, the Pioneers will be able to sub a lot more.  “We will be able to trust the next man up to get the job done,” Hempel said.  “If we see guys getting tired we will be able to make changes.”
Nebraska City will be on the road on Friday, Aug. 24, against Schuyler, beginning at 7 p.m.