SOUTH SIOUX CITY | The South Sioux City football team has been in rebuilding mode for the past several seasons.

Regardless of what the Cardinals' record is next fall they will not be playing in the postseason. The Nebraska School Activities Association released it football classifications for the 2018-2019 seasons and SSC has elected to play down one class and become postseason ineligible.

The Cardinals, who played in Class B this past season, were set to be bumped back up into Class A, Nebraska's largest class, and become the smallest school competing in that class.

"No. 1 we are in a rebuilding situation and we are just barely above the mark to make Class A," said SSC activities director Ed Akins. "In Class A it would be tough to build that program.

"We are Class A by the number of kids, but we are not by the number of kids that go out for the sport."

The Cardinals are coming off an 0-9 season after winning two games two seasons ago.

"I believe the team I will have next year will have 20-plus seniors who got a lot of playing time and experience last year," SSC Coach Silas Fluellen said. "We will be very competitive next year but I don't know that it is where we are ready to complete with Class A schools. We want to continue to build the program and the confidence of the players."

Winnebago and Wakefield also made the decision to play down in D1.


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