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June 25, 2012In the early stages of last Saturday's Nebraska-Kansas eight-man all-star game I felt a certain kinship to our visitors from the south. Much like the day I took my SAT, we both figured early on the score wasn't going to be as good as we'd hoped.
Nebraska landed a couple of early haymakers and wound up with a 25-0 victory over Kansas in the game played at Doane College in Crete. Nebraska simply dominated Kansas at the line of scrimmage and stunted the Kansas running game, allowing 36 yards on 50 carries, or something crazy like that.
Much like last week at the Sertoma Eight-Man Classic in Hastings, I was again reminded how great our Class D Class of 2012 actually was, especially in the sport of football. Without knowing much about the Kansas squad - all good boys, all good players, that is for certain - they looked like Nebraska's little brothers when they marched onto the field for pre-game warmups.
Granted, especially after those early salvos, I was running my mouth a lot, turning and talking with coaches and fans at the game, but it seemed to me after Nebraska grabbed that early lead and established a level of dominance, they played with a certain level of satisfaction. Frankly, though the game ended 25-0, it felt like it could have been 85-0, if Nebraska wanted to put the pedal to the metal.
A lot of times in all-star games you just aren't going to see a bunch of big hits, mostly because of the lack of week-in and week-out practice. For all of these Nebraska players it was their second consecutive week of play, after the Sertoma game, and the third in a row for players like Drew Ott and Logan Rath of Giltner, who were part of the Shrine Bowl played three weeks ago.
Nebraska played with its ears pinned back for most of the night and was completely physical dominant, especially in that first quarter-and-a-half, when the game was basically won. This series has been very good for both sides and there is a great comaraderie betweem the two sides; from a distance this seems a much better fit than the Nebraska-Oklahoma games which were played before the start of this series.
It was a great night of football in a great setting - the folks at Doane really take care of our eight-man players and coaches and the stadium is just the right size - once you get past the part where the Nebraska fans faced that blazing sun until the game was almost complete. (It was nice and comfy on the "enemy" sideline, where I spent my evening. Sorry.)
The game also brings the curtain down on all-star football for the summer and now all eyes can turn to the new season, the 2012, which is just eight weeks away, give or take. It gives us all a chance to get back in a groove, looking forward to those Friday Night Lights.
Sort of like my second chance at the SAT...