The NSAA has released the playoff brackets for Class D1 and D2 football. The 8 man state playoffs begin on Thursday (10/21). For the First Round of the playoffs, the 32 qualifying teams are placed on two 16-team brackets. The sixteen first round winning teams will then be re-seeded 1 through 16 on a statewide bracket for round two using the regular season point system and point system tie breaker.
In Class D1, Burwell is the top seed in the west bracket. The undefeated Longhorns will host Amherst in the first round. The two played this past Thursday with Burwell winning 28-15. Arcadia/Loup City is the #9 seed in the west bracket. The Rebels ended the regular season at 6-2 and will play at Nebraska Christian in the opening round. Anselmo-Merna is the #5 seed in the west bracket. The Coyotes finished the regular season at 7-1 and will host Summerland (the sports coop between Clearwater, Orchard, and Ewing) in round one.
In Class D2, the Sandhills/Thedford Knights are the top seed in the west bracket. Sandhills/Thedford, state runners-up in 2020, will begin their quest to return to the championship game by hosting Lawrence/Nelson in round one. Mullen is the #3 seed in the west bracket. The Broncos have won seven in a row to finish the regular season at 7-1. Mullen will host Loomis in the first round. Ansley/Litchfield is the #7 seed in the west bracket. The Spartans are 6-2 and will host Pleasanton in the first round. The two met earlier in the season with Ansley/Litchfield winning 44-40. Sandhills Valley qualified for the playoffs. The Mavericks ended the regular season at 3-5 and will travel to face Riverside in the round one.