The opening round of the NSAA state football playoffs for classes D1 and D2 take place today across the state. Among the area teams competing today is the South Loup Bobcats. It has been a great comeback year for South Loup. The Bobcats won just one game in the last two years combined but are 5-3 this season. South Loup enters the playoffs on a four game winning streak having outscored their opponents by a combined score of 216-40 during that span. South Loup head coach Mat Jagelar told KCNI/KBBN sports that he is very proud of what this team has accomplished this season and added that they continue to grow in confidence.
South Loup’s opponent in the opening round is the defending state champion Kenesaw. The Blue Devils finished the regular season at 7-1 with their only loss coming to 7-1 Lawrence Nelson. Today’s game will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com with kickoff from Kenesaw scheduled for 5 p.m.
Like South Loup, it has been a great comeback season for Twin Loup. The Wolves won just two games combined the last two seasons but tripled that win total this season as they enter the playoffs at 6-2 overall. When asked what area of the team has shown the most growth this season, head coach Mike Kozeal referenced the defensive line.
Twin Loup will host Elgin Public Pope John this evening in Taylor. The game will be broadcast in its entirety on KCNI 1280 AM / 96.3 FM and on kcni1280.com and then will be simulcast on KBBN 95.3 FM following the conclusion of the South Loup / Kenesaw game.
Sandhills/Thedford looks to make another run at a state championship this season. After finishing as the state runner-up the last two seasons, the Knights finished the regular season at 7-1 this year and enter the playoffs as the #2 seed in the west bracket. S/T will host Hyannis at Thedford in the opening round tonight. The two met earlier in the season with Sandhills/Thedford winning big 60-8. A live video stream of tonight’s game, with play by play, will be available on the Sandhills Express You Tube channel, Sandhills Express Facebook page, and through SandhillsExpress.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. central time.
Other matchups that feature area teams today include Mullen on the road at Elm Creek in Class D2. Mullen finished the regular season at 4-4 and is the #12 seed in the west bracket. They will face Elm Creek whose only loss of the season came at the hands of Twin Loup. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. central time. It has been a great season for Sandhills Valley, the sports co-op between Stapleton and McPherson County. The Mavericks finished the regular season at 7-1 and are the #4 seed in the Class D west bracket. SV will host Sandy Creek today with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. this afternoon.