A 35-point first half was more than enough for the Nebraska City football team as the Pioneers cruised at Schuyler 41-8  in season-opening action on Friday, Aug. 24.
After an exchange of punts, the Pioneers hit on two plays to set up the first score.
Tyler Levy took a hand off and went 27 yards on a reverse and then caught a 30 yard pass from cousin Bryce Levy before Bryce ran in from five yards out. The point after kick missed and the score was 6-0.
A three-and-out by the Pioneer defense got the ball back and the offense made it downfield for another score.
Tyler Levy ran for 15 and Bryce ran for 18 before Tyler capped a 64-yard drive with a 10 yard run. Bryce hit Andrew Connell on the PAT pass and it was 14-0 with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
Nick Garcia capped the next scoring drive on a two-yard run. The 58-yard march featured a 15-yard Bryce to Tyler pass. It was 21-0 after the PAT kick with 8:20 left in the half.
A fumble by Schuyler gave Nebraska City a short field and an 11 yard run by Bryce made the score 28-0.
The last score of the first half came on an 83-yard Bryce to Tyler pass connection that made it 35-0.
Schyuler had its most effective drive of the game on the first possession of the second half but self inflicted wounds stopped the drive in Pioneer territory.
Nebraska City punted on its next possession but then forced a turnover on downs that set up an 86 yard run by Bryce. The PAT failed, but the score was 41-0.
A late Schuler drive took the shut out off the board but did little to diminish the Pioneer dominance.
“They did well. I am really proud of our kids tonight,” said Coach Dan Hempel.
“I am very excited but it’s on to the next chapter in this new book we are writing here in Nebraska City.
The Nebraska City coach applauded his team’s defensive effort in shutting down the Schuyler running game.
“We have some size up front and they did a tremendous job of squeezing the gaps and making sure they couldn’t get through,” Hempel said.
On offense, it was the Levy show with Bryce and Tyler lighting it up.
“It makes a coach’s job easy when you got those two guys,” said Hempel.
With the first win now on the board for Nebraska City, the test will get stiffer next week against Wahoo.
“We are excited about it. Obviously, our kids are aware of Wahoo on their prominence,” said Hempel. “We’ll embrace the challenge and, hopefully, not be satisfied with this week one win.”