Nebraska City hosted the Beatrice Orangemen at Pioneer Field on the second Friday night of the football season losing 45-0.
In the first quarter of a scoreless game, the Pioneer defense forced Beatrice to a 4th-and-4 situation on Pioneer 13 yard line. Beatrice went for it, threw a touchdown pass and took the lead at 6-0 after a failed extra point.
On Beatrice’s second possession, the Orangemen busted a 63-yard touchdown run.
Nebraska City got its initial first down in the second quarter  when Bryce Levy hooked up with Tyler levy on a 27-yard pass.
Nebraska City aired it out this game in going 41 pass attempts with out an interception.
“Bryce made good decisions.’” Coach Dan Hempel said.  “As far as throwing the ball a lot, if that’s what the defense gives us, that’s what we are going to do.”
Nebraska City had opportunities to move the ball downfield, but dropped passes proved crucial.
“We had a few drops but overall I’m proud of how our kids performed tonight.” Hempel said.
The coach said a team can learn a lot about by playing opponents of a high caliber.
“We talked about it going in and embracing those opportunities. People might not expect you succeed in those games.” Hempel said. “We are going to have opportunities like this in the future and just about getting up and getting ready for those opportunities.”
As a team, NC had 147 yards of offense.
Bryce Levy finished the game 17-of-41 passing for 163 yards.
Tyler Levy led the team in receptions and receiving yardage.  He tallied eight catches for 107 yards. Skyler Self had five catches for 22 while Tyler Lechner had three catches for 33 yards and Brady Rose had a catch for nine yards.
Nebraska City will host Elkhorn Mount Micheal Friday Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.