LINCOLN — The “no cheering in the press box” rule was tested by one interested onlooker Tuesday night.
Nebraska quarterback Ron Kellogg and a couple of teammates sat in the second row of the press area for a bit at halftime and early in the third quarter.
Kellogg, a former Westside quarterback, was watching his former team play for the Class A title.
The senior got a bird's eye view of the same field he threw the famous Hail Mary pass against Northwestern on.
He didn't, however, get to look down on a championship for his alma mater. The Warriors fell 23-21 to Omaha North for the Class A crown.
No trances, just a title
When not coaching, Doniphan-Trumbull's Brent Breckner is a stage hypnotist. He's entertained audiences in central Nebraska and elsewhere for more than five years.
Was any hypnosis needed Tuesday?
“No, just coaching football,'' Breckner said. “I don't use it on them.”
13 is Doniphan's lucky number
A first state title for Doniphan-Trumbull had far-reaching importance, running back Jordan Slough said.
“It's not just about the team. It's everyone who's been a part of Doniphan football,'' he said. “The community has really rallied around us.
“Last year we tasted it and got to the semifinals, but fell a little short. This year, everything we did was in sets of 13 (the length of a season with a title-game appearance). We were hungry for a title.”
He praised the Cardinals' offensive line, coached by Clint Head. The starting five are Trevor Warford, Grady Koch, Eric Toben, Kalen Garrett and Noah Keller.
“Those guys worked hard all year,'' Slough said. “We have a great scheme.''