It’s go time today for the Sandhills/Thedford Knights football team as they play for the Class D2 state football championship. Sandhills/Thedford has proven through the regular season and playoffs that they belong in today’s championship game. The Knights out scored their regular season opponents by a total of 442-62 and have outscored their four playoff opponents by a combined score of 220-48. For the second year in a row, Sandhills/Thedford will play a 13th game. Sandhills/Thedford head coach Josh Deines visited with KCNI/KBBN sports this week and told us that it is exciting to be back in the championship game.
Sandhills/Thedford fell just short in winning the title a year ago as the Knights were edged by BDS (Brunning Davenport Schickley) 36-28. Coach Deines said he believes that coming so close to winning the championship a year ago has served as a motivating factor for the team this year.
Sandhills/Thedford will face Kenesaw in today’s championship. Like Sandhills/Thedford, Kenesaw has proven they belong in the final. The Blue Devils are undefeated have been ranked #1 in D2 since the beginning of the season by the Omaha World Herald. Kenesaw has one of the top rushing offenses in the state averaging 334 yards per game. They are led by their senior quarterback Tyson Denkert who has rushed for over 2200 yards coming into the championship tilt. Coach Josh Deines said that it is Kenesaw’s line play that grabs his attention.
Today’s game will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:45 at Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium. Pregame coverage will begin following the 2 p.m. news and weather.
INTERVIEW WITH S/T HEAD COACH JOSH DEINES