Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2012

New schedule pushes Cedar west

LINCOLN — The Nebraska School Activities Association released its two-year football schedule last week.
The NSAA examines school enrollments every two years and shuffles schools between classes to keep the competition level even.
The new schedule moves Cedar Catholic west into District C2-6. Other schools in C2-6 are: Crofton, Battle Creek, Lutheran NE, and West Holt.
Cedar will once again play four non-District games. Those games will be against Oakland-Craig, Laurel-Concord, Ponca and Wisner-Pilger.

The new schedule is kind to Cedar as the Trojans will play five of their eight games at home.
The Trojans already possess a distinct home-field advantage, having won 28 of the 36 games played at Russ Hochstein Field since the facility first opened in 2004.
Cedar will open the 2012 campaign by hosting Oakland-Craig. The Trojans travel to Laurel for their second game of the year and are back at home for the next two games against Ponca and Crofton. Cedar will also host Battle Creek and Wisner-Pilger at home next Fall.
Both teams are new to the schedule. Battle Creek has competed in Class C1 for the past several years, but moves down this year.
The last time Cedar and Wisner-Pilger squared off  was in a 2005 playoff game in Hartington. The Trojans won that contest 44-6.
Cedar holds a 9-5 career record against Wisner-Pilger.
Cedar has not faced Battle Creek on the gridiron since the two teams competed against each other in the MidStates Football Conference. They last squared off in 1999. Cedar won that contest, 17-0, but Battle Creek owns a 3-2 edge in the lifetime series.
The Hartingon Wildcats will compete in the D1-3 District this year.
The District moves East, as two-time defending District champ Creighton moves out and Pender moves in.
Other teams in District D1-3 are: Allen, Emerson-Hubbard, Randolph and Winnebago.
The Wildcats will have a tough non-District season as they open up in 2012 on week zero at always-tough Humphrey.
The Cats will take on another perennial powerhouse when Bloomfield comes to town. Hartington and Wynot will square off in the third game of the year.
The Cats will also host Pender and Randolph in 2012 in back-to-back games that could very well decide the District title.
The NSAA re-alignment pushes Osmond down to Class D2 and moves Bloomfield from D2 up to D1.
Two other area schools — Plainview and Neligh-Oakdale — were moved from Class C2 down to eight-man football this season.
Wynot will compete in District D2-4 this year. The District features two teams, Osmond and Winside, that competed in Class D1 against Hartington Public last year.
District D2-4 members are: Newcastle, Osmond, Stuart, Wausa, and  Winside
Here is a look at the 2012 schedules for County schools.
Cedar Catholic
Week 1    Oakland-Craig
Week 2    at Laurel-Concord
Week 3    Ponca
Week 4    Crofton
Week 5    at Lutheran High NE
Week 6    Battle Creek
Week 7    at West Holt
Week 8    Wisner-Pilger
Week 1    at Battle Creek
Week 2    Cedar Catholic
Week 3    Lutheran High Northeast
Week 4    at Ponca
Week 5    Wakefield
Week 6    at West Holt
Week 7    at Wisner-Pilger
Week 8    Homer
Week 0    at Humphrey
Week 1    Bloomfield
Week 2    Wynot
Week 3    BYE
Week 4    at Allen
Week 5    at Winnebago
Week 6    Pender
Week 7    Randolph
Week 8    at Emerson-Hubbard
Week 0    Elgin Public/Pope John
Week 1    at Plainview
Week 2    Howells/Dodge
Week 4    at Emerson-Hubbard
Week 5    at Allen
Week 6    Winnebago
Week 7    at Hartington
Week 8    Pender
Week 1    at Humphrey
Week 2    at Hartington
Week 3    Bancroft-Rosalie
Week 4    Osmond
Week 5    at Stuart
Week 6    Winside
Week 7    Newcastle
Week 8    at Wausa