STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
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LINCOLN — Not since the days when Howells and Dodge were separate schools had either town witnessed a state champion. It was far from an unfamiliar occurrence for either team. The Howells Bobcats and Dodge Pirates combined to win 15 state titles from 1994 to 2010.

In this week's episode of Postgame with Paul & James, sports columnist James Murphy flies solo as he reviews the semifinal football games featuring Pierce, Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic, Howells-Dodge and Elgin Public/Pope John and previews the three teams that have punched their tickets to…

ELGIN — The Cinderella storybook ending came to an end for the No. 13 Elgin Public/Pope John Wolfpack on Friday, as the Sandhills/Thedford Knights left Elgin with a 52-8 victory.

HARTINGTON — When top-seeded Norfolk Catholic saw running back Kanyon Talton cross the goal line with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left to give the Knights a one-touchdown lead over Hartington Cedar Catholic, it seemed the momentum would finally stay for good.

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BLOOMFIELD — After an interception by Bloomfield's Dalton Gieselman was returned for a touchdown to put the Bees up 20-6 over Elgin Public/Pope John late in the first quarter, it seemed as if the Bees would roll on to their seventh state quarterfinals appearance in eight years.

ALBION — It’s easy to understand Boone Central coach Mark Hudson’s choice of the word “relief” when describing his feelings after watching his team assume the victory formation to end Friday’s first-round playoff win.

ALBION -- It’s easy to understand Boone Central’s head coach Mark Hudson’s choice of the word “relief” when describing his feelings after watching his team assume the victory formation while ending a first-round playoff win.

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BLOOMFIELD — After an interception by Bloomfield's Dalton Gieselman was returned for a touchdown, it seemed as if the Bees would roll on to their seventh state quarterfinals appearance in eight years. 

On a near-perfect night for football, Norfolk Catholic squeezed the most out of virtually every opportunity it had against Crofton in the first round of the Class C2 state playoffs, resulting in a game that wasn't as close as the 35-6 final score might have suggested.

We’re down to 20 area teams left playing postseason football, 18 in classes C1 through D6 and two in the All Nations Conference. It was a year ago this coming week that we went from having 20 to six teams left standing. It’s anyone’s guess whether we have better — or God forbid worse — luck …

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The Bulldogs of Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family put an end to Lutheran High Northeast's undefeated season and knocked them out of the Class D1 playoffs in a 36-35 win on Thursday night at Memorial Field.

Pierce High School athletic director Darren Sindelar was looking forward to a break. The man in charge of staging the Bluejays' three early-round state playoff games — with West Point-Beemer, Wahoo and St. Paul — had worked hard to make sure all of the logistics had been taken care of and th…

PIERCE — For the first time in the storied history of the Pierce High School football program, the Bluejays won a state championship on their home field when tbey led almost the entire way in a 28-19 victory Friday night over Adams Central at the Pierce High Athletic Complex.

LINCOLN — Those dreams Nebraska’s high school football players have of playing for state titles in Memorial Stadium won’t happen this year.The championship games have to be played on high school fields.The Nebraska School Activities Association on Friday night announced that all state champi…

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