It is the final week of the regular season in classes D1 and D2 as the state playoffs for 8 man football begin next Thursday, October 20th. Tonight’s area game of the week takes place in Merna as the 3-4 Anselmo-Merna Coyotes face the 4-3 South Loup Bobcats. It has been a great comeback season for South Loup. The Bobcats won just one game in the last two years combined but are right in the middle of the state playoff picture this season. South Loup has won three in a row and has outscored their opponents by a combined 168-26 during that span. When asked what area has shown the most improvement during the year, head coach Mat Jagelar was quick to answer the offensive line.
Anselmo-Merna has played their way into the playoff picture thanks in part to an impressive 40-0 shutout win over Hyannis last week. First year head coach Troy Gilligan told KCNI/KBBN sports that he has been pleased with the fight his kids have shown during the season which have them in the playoff hunt.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com. Coverage begins with the Consolidated Friday Night Lights pregame show at 6 p.m. followed by the kickoff at 7.
Other area matchups scheduled for tonight include:
Mullen vs Sandhills/Thedford
Twin Loup vs Central Valley
Arcadia/Loup City at Nebraska Christian
Cozad at Holdrege
Gothenburg at Minden
FULL INTERVIEW WITH SOUTH LOUP HEAD COACH MAT JAGELAR
FULL INTERVIEW WITH ANSELMO MERNA HEAD COACH TROY GILLIGAN