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Dusters look to bounce back

Coming off a 2-7 record last season, the Holdrege Dusters will look to bounce back. The Dusters will return six starters on offense and five on defense. Two of those key starters will be Alex Wells (5-10, 165, Sr., RB/DB) and Bronson Titus (5-11, 255, Sr. OL/DL).

Head coach Jason Hale and his squad are very excited for this season, "We are very excited for 2017. We should be much improved. (The) numbers in our program should be much better. We feel like we can be a factor in the district race after getting some much-needed experience for some of our athletes early in the year. We return quality players at key positions but will need to develop depth on the offensive and defensive lines."

Holdrege will begin the season on August 25th when they host Gothenburg.

Elwood returns five starters

After a 4-4 season last year in their first year playing 6-man football, Elwood will be very experienced this season as five starters return. Speed is the key in 6-man and head coach Patrick Ropers says the team has that. "This season we will need to rely on our speed and athleticism said Ropers.

Ropers says size is somewhat of an issue, "We won't have a lot of size on this year's team. We will have a lot more depth this year, but we will be really young. Some younger guys are going to step in and play some big roles for us."

Some of the key contributors this season will be Aaron Clouse (145, Sr., B/LB, 571 rush yds., 13 TDs, 258 rec. yards, 6 TDs) and Raul Clouse (160, Jr., B/LB, 677 rush yds, 14 TDs). Elwood will start the season on September 1st against Elba.


Marsh to lead Axtell 

Axtell will have a new football coach this season as Dean Marsh will take over this season. Axtell last season struggled with a record of 0-8, but Marsh inherits a team with six returning starters on offense and seven on defense.

Marsh likes the makeup of his squad and is excited about this season. "I like the fact that our kids seem to get along great off the field," said Marsh. "We have kids with size and speed so we feel as coaches we need to put the pieces together to make us competitive. My goal is to our players in positions that can help our team the most. We plan on simplifying (schemes) so we are reacting and not thinking," added Marsh. Axtell will start the season on August 25th against the Warriors of Arapahoe.

Depth key for Haymakers in 2017

Cozad and head coach Brian Cargill will look to improve on their 3-6 record from last season. They have five starters coming back on offense and six on the defensive end. Cargill likes the depth he has on his squad this season, "We have some returning players with experience so I like our depth at those positions. If we can continue to develop our lines on both sides of the ball we will be able to compete at a high level. The key for us is to improve over the summer months and every week during the season. If we stay injury free we'll have the opportunity to have a nice season."

Ian Branham (6-2, 200, Sr., TE/LB) and Luke Schroeder (6-3, 200, Sr., OL/LB) will be anchors on the defensive side of the ball for Cozad this season. The Haymakers will open the season on August 25th against Chase County.

Swedes will be young, but competitive

Gothenburg lost a lot of experience from last years playoff qualifying team. The team may look young, but a number of the athletes on this year's roster were contributors last season. "We are still young on paper but some of our younger players have seen a lot of playing time. As always, we need to develop lineman and build as much depth as possible but we have a couple of defensive ends who should cause (opponents) some problems," said veteran head coach Craig Haake.

On the line, Patrick Hudson (6-4, 235, Sr. OL/DL) will be key for the Swedes and at the skilled position will be Bennett Folkers (6-3, 180, Jr., WR/DB) as he recorded 886 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. The Swedes will begin the season on August 25th against Holdrege.

Vikings looking for bounce-back season

After struggling last season with a 2-7 record, Bertrand will be looking to take steps in the right direction this season. The junior class for Bertrand will play a pivotal role this season as there is only one senior on the roster.

Wyatt Wilken (6-0, Sr., 200, RB/LB) will be one of the top players returning not just for Bertrand but in the district as he earned all-district honors at linebacker last season. Head coach Steve Colfack mentioned some of the things to look for this season. "Our line is inexperienced but I am hoping we can build it into one of our strengths. Our skill-position players have some big-play capabilities, if we can avoid some costly mistakes, we should be fine in a tough district. Bertrand will open the season against Amherst on August 25th.

Warriors bring back stout offense

Arapahoe and head coach Dustin Kronhofman will be looking to continue their success, as last season the Warriors went 6-3. The Warriors should be solid again this year as they return six offensive starters and five starters on the defensive side of the ball.

Kronhofman says that this team has a lot of experience but there a few things to work on. "We are bringing back 95% of our offensive production. (We) are very athletic and need to get better on the offensive and defensive line and have guys step up and fill those roles. We are not real big but we have several playmakers. We need to get stronger and tougher on both sides of the ball. I think we have a chance to be a better team overall this year in our second year in this system. We will need to stay healthy and get tougher to make a run in the playoffs," said Kronhofman.

Some of the top returning players will be Gentry Anderson (6-0, 180, Jr., QB/S) and Jacob Pruitt (5-9, 320, Sr., FB/LB). for Arapahoe will be Arapahoe will open the season on August 25th against Axtell.

SEM looking for young players to develop

SEM finished the season with a record of 6-3 last year and lost a number of starters from that roster. The Mustangs return two starters on each side of the ball for this season. One of the top players for the Mustangs will be Kevin Boteo (Sr., RB/LB) as he is the only returning starter that played both sides of the ball.

Brent Streeter, entering his third year at SEM had this to say about his squad, "Our team will have to replace six two way starters and we will be young. Our players are going to have to demonstrate not only physical toughness but will really be tested mentally day in and day out. We have a few players with some speed so we will definitely try to exploit those skills. It will be done only with total team commitment." The Mustangs will begin the season on August 25th against Eustis-Farnam.


Minutemen look to improve as experience returns

Lexington finished the season last year with a record of 1-8. Although the Minutemen struggled, they return 11 starters on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. "We played a lot of young kids last year. Great senior leadership and program numbers are improving so we will have competition at almost every position," said head coach Jeff Rowan.

Lexington will spread the field this season on offense. On the defensive side, they will run a 4-2-5. Top returners for Lexington are: Oracio Corona (6-1, 240, Sr., OL/DL), Jake Leger (6-1, 170, Jr., QB), and Javier Rivas (5-11, 180, sr., RB). Lexington will open the season on August 25th against Sidney.

Skill key for Loomis, depth needed for success

After an extremely successful season last year, Loomis will need to fill some shoes after some of the top athletes graduated. Head coach Denis Reese had this to say about his team, "We return some players who have good experience and skills, but we need to develop more depth if we are going to be competitive in our district."

Key contributors for Loomis this season will be Hunter Banzhaf, Allen Shultz, Drey Lauby, and 1,000-yard rusher Issac Wahls. Loomis will open the year on September 1st against Axtell. 

New leaders must emerge for Cardinals 

Alma finished the season 7-3 last year, and for this year they will need to fill some voids as five seniors graduated for the Cardinals. Twelfth-year head coach Issac Frecks, had this to say about the current group of athletes he has this season, "We graduated five seniors off last years team. We will need to see some of our underclassmen step up into a leadership role. We will need to replace two of our five linemen and we will also have to replace two of our three backs."

Jackson McKenzie (6-1, 170, Jr., QB/RB,LB) will be one of the top returning players for the Cardinals and will look to carry the load for Alma. The Cardinals will start the season on August 25th against Dundy County Stratton on the road.

Elm Creek poised for another strong season

Elm Creek posted a 10-1 record last year as they fell in the playoffs. The Buffaloes will lose a number of athletes from last year's squad, but they return four starters on the offensive side of the ball and three on the defensive side.

Head Coach Jayce Dueland had this to say about this year's team, "We lost a strong class of nine seniors this last year but have another nine seniors that are ready to lead our team. All nine seniors will have a good shot at playing time this year. We will also need to have some underclassmen step up to fill our depth needs on both sides of the ball. Offense should have a strong group of kids coming back with Preston Walker the front runner to take over at QB. He's a very athletic kid that is very physical. With his brother Devon coming back at tailback, both should be a good combo for us. We will have a lot of holes to fill on defense with two all state four year starters to replace on the D-Line. A good group of linebackers returning with Preston, Devon, and Austin Geis. Anthony Quintana in the secondary, a returning All State Honorable Mention set two INT school records last year," said Dueland.

Elm Creek will start the year off against Kenesaw on August 25th.


New head coach for Southern Valley Eagles 

Daren Tobey will take over for the Southern Valley Eagles this season. The Eagles finished the year 3-6 last year but they do return good experience as six athletes with playing time will be back. But Tobey Anticipates some young players to play as well. "We will be extremely young and inexperienced. We could see two freshmen and four sophomores start this year, but more importantly, we need to rely on a solid team-approach for good results this season," said Tobey.

Chase Becker (6-3, 185, Sr., FB/DE), Riley Mustin (6-0, 165, Sr., FS), and Brant Grove (6-2, 235, Jr., OL/DL) will play pivotal roles for the Eagles this season. Southern Valley will open the year against Bridgeport on August 25th.

Elm Creek Falls To Burwell

Elm Creek hosted Burwell on Tuesday night and fell by a score of 28-0. 
The strength of the Buffaloes was shut down, as they were held to 101 yards rushing on 31 yards. 
Leading the way was Devon Walker with 81 yards. 
For Burwell Tori Huffman had a big game with 323 yards on 41 carries, and he had threes scores to go along with that. 
Burwell moves on to face the number one seeded Palmer in hopes to reach their second straight state championship game. 
Elm Creek finishes the year with a 10-1 record. 


Alma Finishes Season 7-3

Alma had a tough matchup on Wednesday as they faced the #1 seeded Palmer in the second round of the D1 playoffs. Alma lost by a score of 50-20. 
Palmer outscored Alma in each quarter and dominated the game. 
Although the game was a blowout, Head Coach Issac Frecks was happy with his guys effort. "The boys played their hearts out and were with the #1 seeded team the whole night."
For Alma Jackson McKenzie had 179 yards rushing and one touchdown. 
Alma finishes 7-3, and for Palmer  is now 10-0 they will move on and face CWCE on November 8th. 


A strong second half allowed Elm Creek to pull away from Medicine Valley on Wednesday night as they downed the Raiders 42-20 in the second round of the Class D1 state football playoffs. Medicine Valley tied the game at 20 to end the first half on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Klintworth to Logan Burke.
The Buffaloes however took over in the second half scoring on three of their first four drives. Dominic Johns caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from Dillon Gillming to give Elm Creek a 28-20 advantage with 8:13 left in the 3rd. Elm Creek followed that up with a three yard TD run from Brock Miner and a 13-yard TD gallop from LeShaun Thornabar. On the night, Elm Creek racked up 402 total yards of offense. Medicine Valley was led by Landon Lenz who had a 41 yard td run and a 40-yard touchdown catch. Medicine Valley ends the year at 8-2. Elm Creek is now 10-0 and will host Burwell on Tuesday night at 6pm in the state quarterfinals. That game can be heard on 93.1 KRVN FM and


In a rematch of a game that went into three overtimes the Ansley-Litchfield Spartans scored early and often to beat No. 3 seeded Loomis 65-20.
The Spartans scored on their first four possesions and added a pick-six to jump out to an early 36-0 lead in the second quarter.
Loomis scored two touchdowns late in the first-half to grab the momentum, only to have it taken back when Spartan quarterback Jaden Jones hit Justin Bailey with four seconds left in the half to extend their lead to 44-14
The second half ended up being more of the same for the teams and the Wolves couldn’t get no closer.
Brady Rohde carried the ball 17 times for 157 yards and two scores for Ansley-Litchfield. Jones was 7-9 passing for 115 yards.
Issac Wahls led the Wolves with 109 yards rushing.
Loomis ends the year at 9-1.
Ansley-Litchfield moves to 6-4 and will take on Sandhills/Thedford on Nov. 8.

Alma Comes Back to Win in First Round of Playoffs

Alma made the trip up to Hemingford and had to make a big time comeback in the second half. 
Alma trailed 32-8 early in the third quarter but the Cardinals reeled off 36 straight points to come back and win 44-32. 
Jackson McKenzie had a big game on the ground as he carried the ball 36 times for 208 yards and four touchdowns. 

Hemingford finishes the year at 6-3, and Alma will battle Palmer on Wednesday 

Loomis Sneaks Away With a Win

A big third quarter from Loomis was what edged Loomis against North Central on Thursday as the Wolves won 42-34. At half time the Knights led 26-20, but in the third Loomis outscored the Knights 22-8 and led 42-34, and that’s what the final score was. 
For Loomis Levi Asp had 115 yards passing and three touchdowns. 
On the ground Issac Wahls led the way with 144 yards and three touchdowns. 

North Central finishes they year at 3-7, and Loomis will play Ansley Litchfield. 

SEM Falls In D2 Playoffs

SEM plays Garden County on Thursday and it was the Eagles taking down the Mustangs 54-35. 
The Eagles outscored SEM in every quarter except for the third. 
In the first quarter Garden County put 14 points to SEM’s six. 
The second quarter was much of the same as Garden County led 34-14 at half. 
In the second half the scoring was even as SEM put up 21 points and Garden County had 20. 

SEM finishes the year at 6-3. For Garden County they will play Twin Loup. 

Knights Finish Season 5-4

Eustis-Farnam traveled to O’Neil on Thursday to face St. Mary’s and fell in the first round of the D2 playoffs. 
St. Mary’s won by a large margin 54-6. 
St. Mary’s dominated the game from the very beginning as in the first half they led 38-6. 
In the second half it was all Cardinals as they put up 16 more points. 
St. Mary’s shut down Eustis-Farnam, as the Knights only put up 144 total yards. 
For the Knights Shaye Collins had 45 yards receiving and a touchdown. 

Eustis-Farnam finishes the year at 5-4, and St. Mary’s will face Blue Hill this week. 

Arapahoe Falls In First Round

Arapahoe hosted Ansley/Litchfield on Thursday as the higher seed in the D2 playoffs. 
the 11 seeded Ansley/Litchfield took down the six seeded Arapahoe by a final score of 58-26. 
It was a tight ball game after one-quarter as the score was knotted up at six a piece, but in the second and third quarter the Spartans outscored the Warriors 46-14. 
For Arapahoe, Gentry Anderson had 223 yards and two touchdowns. 

Arapahoe finishes the season at 6-3 and Ansley/Litchfield is now 4-4 and they will face Loomis this upcoming week. 

Vikings Fall in First Round of Playoffs

Bertrand took the long journey to Grant on Thursday night for a game in the class D1 playoffs. 
The final score was 70-6. 
The game was completely dominated from the beginning to the end by the Plainsmen. 

Bertrand finishes the season at 2-7. For Perkins County they are now 9-0 and will have a tough matchup in the second round against Burwell. 


A strong fourth quarter lifted Elm Creek to a 36-12 win over Cambridge on Thursday night in the first round of the Class D1 state playoffs. The Buffaloes led just 14-12 going into the final 12 minutes before forcing three turnovers that helped change the game. Devon Walker scored three times on the night for Elm Creek. Quarterback Dillon Gillming hit tight end Nolan Meier with a 27 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter with 8:12 remaining that helped put it away.  Cambridge was led by running back Taten Benson who carried 42 times for 206 yards and two scores. Cambridge ends it’s first season of playing eight man football at 4-5. Elm Creek is now 9-0 on the season and will host Medicine Valley at 7pm on Wednesday night. That game can ge heard on 880 KRVN and 106.9 FM.

Swedes Fall in Playoffs 

Gothenburg hit the road on Friday night and fell in the first round of the C1 playoffs. The final score was Wahoo 36, Gothenburg 14.

Wahoo jumped out to a 7-0 lad after one quarter and looked to be in control, but in the second quarter Gothenburg got themselves right back into the game scoring 14 points. Wahoo put up 10 of their own and at half its was 17-14 in favor of Wahoo. 

The second half was all Wahoo as they put up 19 straight points, 13 in the third, six in the fourth. 

For the Swedes Dawson Graham was 10-25 with 239 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. And for Wahoo Dylan Egr was the go-to as he had 205 yards rushing and three touchdowns. 

Gothenburg finishes the season 6-4 and for Wahoo they are 9-1 and will move onto the next round and face Kearney Catholic next week.