State Football Playoffs – Quarterfinals Area Recap

The Sandhills/Thedford Knights advanced to the Class D2 state semifinals for the second year in a row with a 46-14 win over Osceola. S/T led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter but then took the game over in the 2nd quarter outscoring Osceola 24-0 to take a commanding 32-6 lead at halftime. Sandhills/Thedford will face Elgin Public/Pope John in the state semifinals next Friday (11/12). Elgin Public/Pope John defeated Johnson Brock 22-10. The game will be played in Elgin and will be broadcast live on KBBN 95.3 FM and

On the other half of the Class D bracket, Ansley/Litchfield saw its season come to an end Friday with a heartbreaking 30-26 loss to Bruning Davenport Shickley in the state quarterfinals. The Spartans led most of the game jumping out early to a 14-0 lead and led 26-14 with 2:31 to go in the third quarter. BDS scored right before the end of the third quarter to close to within 26-22 and then took their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter at 30-26. Ansley/Litchfield had a chance to win the game on the final play. Following a defensive pass interference call against BDS, A/L was granted an untimed down at the BDS 9 yard line but a pass to the end zone fell incomplete as BDS held on for the win. Cooper Slingsby had 142 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns for the Spartans who end their season at 8-3. BDS advances to the Class D2 state semifinals where they will play Kenesaw. Kenesaw rolled over the #2 seed Humphrey St. Francis 70-40.

Anselmo-Merna saw its season come to a close Friday falling to Burwell in the Class D1 state quarterfinals. Burwell’s Caleb Busch had 4 rushing touchdowns to lead the Longhorns including touchdown runs of 33, 50, and 79 yards. Anselmo-Merna could not overcome some missed opportunities in the first half. After forcing a three and out on Burwell’s first offensive possession, Carter Johnson returned the punt for a touchdown but had it called back because of a penalty and later in the half Anselmo-Merna was held out of the end zone on 4th down and goal from the Burwell three yard line. Burwell would lead 20-0 at half and win by a final score of 41-18. Bryce Schmidt had a 32 yard touchdown run and Carter Johnson had touchdown runs of 4 and 19 yards to account for the Anselmo-Merna scoring in the second half. AM concludes the season at 9-2. Both losses were to Burwell. The Longhorns advance to the state semifinals where they will face Howells Dodge. Howells Dodge remained undefeated by knocking off defending Class D1 state champion Dundy County Stratton 44-18.

Friday (11/05/2021)

Archbishop Bergan 38, Aquinas Catholic 7
Aurora 34, Scottsbluff 14
BDS 30, Ansley-Litchfield 26
Battle Creek 33, Columbus Scotus 21
Bellevue West 52, Grand Island 20
Bennington 41, Waverly 0
Burwell 41, Anselmo-Merna 18
Cody-Kilgore 51, Arthur County 6
Columbus Lakeview 23, Boone Central 20
Cross County 58, Lourdes Central Catholic 51
Elgin Public/Pope John 22, Johnson-Brock 10
Elkhorn High 35, Seward 20
Gretna 14, Elkhorn South 7
Hitchcock County 58, Perkins County 6
Howells-Dodge 44, Dundy County Stratton 18
Kearney Catholic 33, Wahoo 7
Kenesaw 70, Humphrey St. Francis 40
Norfolk Catholic 20, Hartington Cedar Catholic 13
Omaha North 35, North Platte 34
Omaha Skutt Catholic 20, Plattsmouth 10
Omaha Westside 42, Omaha Burke 3
Ord 42, Lincoln Lutheran 7
Pierce 35, Ashland-Greenwood 28
Potter-Dix 70, Parkview Christian 34
Sandhills/Thedford 46, Osceola 14
Spalding Academy 32, McCool Junction 25
Wallace 38, Pawnee City 18
Wilber-Clatonia 32, Hastings St. Cecilia 13