YORK — The Schuyler Warriors come into East Hill Field Friday night with everything to gain and little to lose.
With York looking at big games in the upcoming weeks with Lincoln Pius X and Crete, it would be easy to overlook the Warriors who come in on a 12-game losing streak, including an 18-2 loss to new Class B school Omaha Benson and a 57-0 loss to Plattsmouth this past Friday night.
But York head coach Glen Snodgrass adopted the motto from day one, and that is to focus on the next game on the schedule.
“They will not come in here and lay down for us,” said Snodgrass. “They will play hard. We also want to make sure we respect Schuyler. We respect everybody, but do not fear anybody.”
The Warriors’ last win came on Oct. 12, 2012 when they defeated Bennington.
Schuyler has a new coach and an entire new system offensively, but the defense remains the same.
“Schuyler runs a totally new offense this year. Their head coach left and they hired from within, so the defense is the same,” Snodgrass stated. “We will see a spread passing attack from them.”
Last week the Dukes returned all-state linebacker Jonah Otte from a non related football accident. Snodgrass said the return of the senior captain allowed other players to get back to their normal positions.
“When Jonah was injured it caused problems at several positions because we were forced to move JJ Vanderheiden to fullback and make several other moves on defense. Getting Jonah back allowed several players to get back to their natural positions and focus on what they know instead of learning new stuff on the run,” Snodgrass said. “I will still say that Jonah is one of the best football players in Nebraska and it showed on the field Friday night on both sides of the ball. His leadership and presence was also very important to us.”
Snodgrass said young kids getting game experience is important down the line for the depth of his Dukes.
“The younger players getting game experience, we are a very young team. At times against Norris we had eight or nine underclassman on the field at the same time,” Snodgrass pointed out. “It’s a learning experience, especially for the quarterbacks. We have more sophomores and believe it or not freshman playing varsity than we’ve ever had.”
If Friday night’s game goes to script the younger players should get more valuable experience.
“We are just focused on playing the best we can play and if that is good enough for us to get a lead and get some other kids in the game, that is an absolute bonus for us,” stated Snodgrass. “I was very pleased with our second team offense in last Friday night’s game. We moved the ball down the field and ran five minutes off the clock and probably would have scored if we had not downed the ball.”
Schuyler and York are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night.
“We are excited to get back to the friendly confines of East Hill Field and for another great home field advantage.” Snodgrass added.
Stats from York at Waverly
Passing: Damon Kaliff 7-10 118 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Jonah Otte 17-88, 2 TDs, D. Kaliff 10-88, 1 TD.
Receiving: J.J. Schulz 5-94 yards, 1 TD
Waverly Total Yards 221 Rush 106 Pass 115
Tackles: J. Otte 12 (8 solo, 4 assists), Marvin Lazo 9 (3 solo, 6 assists), Braden Knight 9 (4 solo, five assists), J.J. Schulz 7 (4 solo, 3 assists)