Under an Omaha Skutt player's helmet this time of year, you'll find blond hair.
That's been the playoff tradition for the past five years. It was started by seniors in 2013 as a way of displaying team unity. It caught the coaches by surprise, but it led to results.
“We ended up winning first round, second round, third round and won the state title. So at that point it became a playoff tradition and we’ve done it ever since.”
Since players started dyeing their hair in 2013, Skutt has claimed two titles in five years. They've appeared in four of the five title games. This year, they are back in the championship game again.
Sam Haffron, a player on the team whose brother helped start the tradition, says he's starting to prefer the blond hair over his naturally brown hair.
“I don’t know! I kind of like this sometimes," defensive lineman and right guard Heffron said. "Right now it’s a little crazy. Get it trimmed up a little bit, I get used to it after a little while so I don’t know.”
The players are hoping it will provide some postseason luck as the Skyhawks take on Scotts Bluff in the title game on Tuesday night.