HARVARD, Neb. (KSNB) - The Harvard football team (12-0) won its first state football title against McCool Junction in the Class D-6 championship game, 50-33. The Cardinals had finished runner-up twice entering this season (1986, 2017).
All season, the Cardinals were led by their two senior Captains Noah Okraska and David Reazola. Before the season started, Head Coach Scott Trimble knew the success had to start with them.
"This team is going to go as far as you two take us. You don't have to do all the work but you have to make the people around you better," Trimble said. "If you do that and if you believe in them, more than they believe in themselves then hopefully we can form a cohesive, complete team and get it done. And they did a phenomenal job of that."
When the clock finally hit zero at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium, it was hard to believe for some of the players.
"When that clock hit zero it was just amazing for me to have my dad as the coach," Okraska said. "He's had championships under his belt, my older brother's have won. It's just meant so much to me and my family. Then speaking on behalf of my team we've wanted this since the beginning."
"It was reliving, they just kept trying to score and I was just kind of like let's end the game," Reazola said. "I want to celebrate with my guys, you know these our my boys and when it hit zero I went numb and I just didn't know if anything was real."
Harvard had only one state championship in wrestling back in 1984. Now, they will have to add another trophy to their growing collection.