High School Football State Quarterfinals – S/T vs Pleasanton on KBBN

The state high school football playoffs will move into the quarterfinal round tonight.  The Sandhills/Thedford Knights have rolled through the playoffs tonight with wins over Axtell (68-22) and Loomis (60-16).  Through ten games now, the Knights have outscored their opponents 602-119.  This season the 8 man playoffs are running on a different format.  In the past, 8 man teams would play every 6 days in the playoffs but this year they have a full week in between games now playing every Friday.  S/T head coach Josh Deines told KCNI/KBBN sports that from the perspective of organizing practices he has really enjoyed the change.


Tonight Sandhills/Thedford will face Pleasanton on the road for the right to advance to the state semifinals.  The two met earlier this season with the Knights winning big 77-24 and handing the Bulldogs its only loss of the season up to this point.  Coach Deines said that outcome has no relevance on tonight’s matchup.


Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com.  There will also be a special video stream of tonight’s game accompanied by the radio call on the following media platforms : sandhillsexpress.com ; Sandhills Express Facebook page ; Twitter ; and You Tube.  On the other side of the D2 bracket, Falls City Sacred Heart will host Osceola with the winner advancing to play the winner of Pleasanton/Sandhills-Thedford in the state semifinals next Friday.



In other area action, the Burwell Longhorns will look to remain undefeated as they face Neligh-Oakdale (9-1) in the Class D1 quarterfinals.  The winner advances out to the state semifinals where they will play the winner of tonight’s Elm Creek / Cross County matchup.