The opening round of the high school football playoffs begin today in classes D1 and D2. The Arcadia/Loup City Rebels are the #3 seed in the west half of the D1 bracket. After falling in their season opener to Fullerton, ALC has won 7 in a row including a win over previously unbeaten Elm Creek in the regular season finale last week to win the D1-8 district title. Arcadia/Loup City is ranked #10 this week in Class D1 by the Omaha World Herald. The Rebels will go up against Alma (5-3) in the opening round. Tonight’s game will be played in Loup City and will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and on kbbn.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30.
Burwell is the #5 seed in the west half of the D1 bracket. The Longhorns finished the regular season at 6-2 and will host Hitchcock County today at 4pm.
The Anselmo-Merna Coyotes finished the regular season at 3-5 and qualified for the Class D2 playoffs. The Coyotes wins this year have come against Mullen, Bertrand and Loomis while all five losses have come to teams that also made the D2 playoff field. AM will be on the road tonight as they travel to take on the #2 seed in west half of the bracket, Kenesaw. The Blue Devils are 7-1 and ranked #8 in D2 by the Omaha World Herald. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on KCNI 1280 AM / 96.3 FM and on kcni1280.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm.
Sandhills/Thedford completed their first undefeated regular season in coop history and are the #3 seed in the west half of the D2 playoff bracket. The Knights get a familiar opponent in the opening round as they matchup against rival Mullen who finished the regular season at 3-5. The two met earlier in the regular season with S/T pulling away in the second half to win 42-14. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 in Thedford.
Twin Loup started the season 1-4 but have won their last three and enter the Class D2 playoff field as the #11 seed in the west bracket. The Wolves will go up against the #6 seed Axtell (6-2) in the opening round. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 6pm.