LINCOLN —It began more than a decade ago.
On a field not much larger than a rural backyard, youngsters wielded scrawny limbs and grasped at colored flags tied around the waists of their opponents.
There were few planned plays executed, few fans except parents, and fewer pounds on the Doniphan-Trumbull area athletes, who were then sixth-graders.
But it was those moments, those sparks of passion for the game of football, that ignited a
high standard of play for the group of young guys and ultimately paid off in the Nebraska C-2 state football championship game Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
From humble beginings on the flag football field all the way to the state finals, history has been made for the Cardinals.