The 2021 high school football season kicks off across the state of Nebraska today. Broken Bow opens its season at home by hosting Ogallala at Mark Russell field. Carlie Wells enters his second season as head coach of the Indians. Broken Bow finished the season strong last year winning four of their last five games and hope to carry that momentum into this season. While there is still plenty to improve and work on, coach Wells said that he is pleased with where the team is right now heading into its season opener.
One area that Broken Bow hopes to improve in this season is special teams. Coach Wells said that aspect of the game has been a focus in practice.
Tonight’s Broken Bow / Ogallala game will be broadcast on KCNI 96.3 FM and kcni1280.com. Coverage begins with the Custer Federal State Bank “Friday Night Lights” pregame show at 6 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
One of the top area matchups tonight will feature Ansley/Litchfield hosting Anselmo-Merna. The Spartans won last year’s contest 40-28. Both teams qualified for the state playoffs last season and are looking for more success in 2021. Ansley/Litchfield finished 6-4 last season and return a strong core of players. Spartans head coach Kurt Kulhanek talked about some of the players the Spartans will lean on for leadership this season.
Anselmo-Merna also has a good core of players returning from a team that finished last season 4-5 overall. 12th year head coach Matt McGinn said that one of the main messages to the team this week has been focus and understanding how important each and every game is.
Tonight’s Anselmo-Merna / Ansley/Litchfield game will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com. Coverage begins with the Consolidated Companies “Friday Night Lights” pregame show at 6 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Other area matchups today include:
South Loup vs Medicine Valley
Twin Loup at North Central
Arcadia/Loup City at Elm Creek
SEM vs Arthur County
Sandhills Valley at Hyannis
Burwell vs West Holt
Sandhills/Thedford at Mullen
Gothenburg at Cozad