Syracuse excited about change to Class C2, new opponents

SYRACUSE – The Syracuse football team will focus on “staying healthy and getting better everyday” as they compete in a new class this fall.

The Rockets reclassified from Class C1 to Class C2 earlier this year and play seven new opponents this season, including their season opener at home against Centennial on Aug. 24. Conestoga and Falls City, who both played Syracuse last season, remain on this year’s schedule. The Cougars also moved to Class C2.

Head Coach Rick Nordhues, carrying a career coaching record of 104-85, begins his 24th year at Syracuse High School this fall. He’s fresh off a state championship with the Rockets girls track and field team in May.

Depth and inexperience has been an obstacle they were forced to overcome this offseason. Nordhues says a lot of underclassman will have a chance to play this season, because of a smaller roster.

“The young kids are working their tails off. We just want to take one practice at a time, kind of like I talked about track. We just want to get better. As we look at these young guys, they’ve gotten a lot better since last year. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun to see how they perform out on the field.”

The Rockets, coming off a 2-9 campaign in 2017, have a group of guys that are buying in and Nordhues expects them to “give a great effort over the season.”

Syracuse has made 14 trips to the Nebraska School Activities Association state playoffs. The last time was in 2016. They will compete in the Class C2-1 district this season with Conestoga, Freeman, Johnson County Central, Malcolm and Wilber-Clatonia.

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