The ground is rumbling again with the thunder from the gridiron. Monday was opening day for high school practice and here in the metro, Millard North is taking aim at a Class A title repeat.
The defending champion Mustangs are coming off an undefeated 13-0 season. They're led by senior quarterback Clay Fisher who will run the Wing-Bone attack.
No school has won consecutive state titles since Lincoln Southeast did it in 1997 and 1998.
Fred Petito, who starts his 33rd year as head coach of the Mustangs, says it will be tough to win back-to-back crowns.
"Well it hasn't been done in quite some time," he said. "We have had opportunities to do that. It's tough to do that. The quality of ball is so good here in the state of Nebraska in Class A, and that's all I can speak for. So it's extremely difficult."
Despite the uphill track, Coach Petito says, "I like our chances."
"It would be everything," Fisher said. "It would be really cool. It's what has got me really super-excited about this season. Millard North has never won back-to-back state championships. I would really like to get the opportunity to lead this team to their first back-to-back state championships."
The campaign begins on August 29 when the Mustangs kick-off the season against rival Millard South at Buell Stadium.