Sandhills/Thedford Advances to the Class D2 State Championship Game For 2nd Straight Year

The Sandhills/Thedford Knights are headed back to the Class D2 state football championship game.  After finishing as the state runner-up in 2020, the Knights are back in the state title game and will attempt to claim the prize that avoided them last season.  Sandhills/Thedford rolls into the championship game following an impressive 52-8 win over Elgin Public/Pope John in the state semifinals on Friday.  It took a couple of possessions for Sandhills/Thedford to seize control.  After recovering a Sandhills/Thedford fumble inside their own 10 yard line on the opening drive of the game, Elgin PPJ marched down the field and had goal to go inside the S/T 5 yard line.  The Knights defense came up strong and forced EPPJ to try a field goal attempt which failed.  From there on it was all Sandhills/Thedford.  The Knights would build a 36-0 halftime lead on their way to a 52-8 win.  Dane Pokorny, Reece Zutavern, and Trae Hickman all had over 100 yards rushing for the victorious Knights who improve to 12-0 on the season.  Pokorny and Hickman each had two rushing touchdowns and Zutavern had two rushing touchdowns and a 17 yard touchdown pass to Seth Scranton.  Sandhills/Thedford will play Kenesaw for the Class D2 championship.  The Blue Devils continued their undefeated season by knocking off the defending state champion BDS (Bruning Davenport Shickley) 36-6.  The D2 championship game will be played at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on November 22nd at 2:45 p.m. and will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and

In other area state playoff action, Burwell saw its season come to an end on Friday as they fell to Howells/Dodge 56-18 in the state semifinals.  The Longhorns end the season with an overall record of 11-1.  Howells/Dodge will play Cross County for the D1 state championship on November 22nd.

State semifinal scores:
Class A
Gretna 34, Omaha North 0
Omaha Westside 41, Bellevue West 26

Class B
Aurora 21, Omaha Skutt 17
Bennington 28, Elkhorn 7

Class C1
Pierce 21, Battle Creek 0
Columbus Lakeview 31, Kearney Catholic 21

Class C2
Archbishop Bergan 20, Ord 0
Norfolk Catholic 35, Wilber Clatonia 12

Class D1
Howells Dodge 56, Burwell 18
Cross County 56, Hitchcock County 22

Class D2
Sandhills/Thedford 52, Elgin Public Pope John 8
Kenesaw 36, BDS 6

Six Man
Potter Dix 39, Spalding Academy 38
Cody Kilgore 72, Wallace 28