Week seven of the high school football season in Nebraska has arrived. We’ll have a pair of games tonight on the RRN-Scottsbluff, so we’ll preview those game and get you the rest of the area schedule with some game notes included for some of those matchups with another edition of the Friday Night Preview.
Garden County 52, Morrill 12– Lions drop to 1-6 with the loss and they’ll wrap up their season next week at home vs. Hyannis.
Mullen 46, Leyton 14– After losing their first game last week to Hitchcock County the Warriors fell again on Thursday to a Mullen team that’s now won three straight to get to 5-2 this year. Leyton will host 5-2 Garden County next week.
Now time to dive into the games on the schedule for tonight, starting with our two games here on the Network…
Lexington (2-4) at Scottsbluff (3-3)…For NSAA purposes the Bearcats enter tonight at 2-2 with the loss to Columbus and win over Custer not counting towards power points. Earlier this week Cats head coach Jud Hall had this to say about where his team might slot into the postseason.
Last week Scottsbluff showed they could handle prosperity. After a statement win over Northwest they were able go on the road and shutout Alliance 35-0. The key tonight against Lexington will be to slow down running back Alex Ramos, who rushed for over 200 yards last week against Gering.
Lexington beat Gering last week 14-6 but it wasn’t without plenty of mistakes. The Minutemen turned it over three times and according to head coach Jeff Rowan, once again committed a bunch of penalties.
McCook (3-2) at Gering (0-6)…Here come the Bison. Jeff Gross has his team sitting at just the one game over .500 on the season (they had their week two game vs Crete cancelled) but the head coach says they’re better than the record indicates.
It’s been a struggle in year one for Gering coach Danny O’Boyle. He knew there would be plenty of growing pains. Add on top of trying to turn the program around the team dealt with a multi-week quarantine that limited the gameday roster to around 20 players. Now he’s got injuries; and one of the key injuries is to senior quarterback Brady Radzymski. Last week in Lex he played both Hunter Hayden and Kaden Bohnsack.
Gering will be physically behind the 8-ball tonight and then they’ll close out the regular season against Mitchell and Scottsbluff.
Coverage tonight on KMOR 93.3 FM and KMORfm.com starting at 6:30 for pregame, kickoff at 7 pm.
Other Area Games
Alliance (1-4) at Chadron (4-1)…Two rivals meet up north tonight. Alliance trying to bounce back from a shutout loss to Scottsbluff, a game in which they committed a bunch of penalties. Chadron is marching towards the C-1 playoffs after a 16-0 win over Sidney. It won’t be an easy stretch to close for the Cardinals as after tonight they’ll play Gothenburg and Ogallala.
Mitchell (5-1) at Ogallala (3-2)…The Tigers slipped up for the first time this season last week in a 28-6 home loss to Gothenburg. Tigers standout running back Rylan Aguallo was held to 86 yards and 21 carries and the Tigers only completed one pass on the night. Tonight they head to Ogallala to take on the Indians after they lost their second straight last week to Cozad. Two weeks ago Ogallala fell to Gothenburg 27-13.
Bridgeport (5-1) at Valentine (2-2)…Bridgeport started to pick up the pieces from community-wide tragedy last week with a shutout win at Gordon-Rushville 28-0. The Bulldogs enter play tonight sitting at #5 in C-2 power points. Valentine never an easy spot to get a win, but the Badgers have had a disjointed season, having lost two games to protocols (vs. Chadron and Winner SD). After tonight Bridgeport will close out with a pair of teams that have yet to win a game in Chase County and Hershey.
Hemingford (4-2) at Bayard (2-4)…Last week was a big win Hemingford over Perkins County, 58-25, as they bounced back from a disappointing loss to Sutherland the week prior when head coach Jordan Haas said, “We didn’t even get off the bus”. In the win over Perkins County running back Brian Turek ran it 35 times for 263 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bayard beat Kimball by 40 last week.
Rest of the area schedule: Sidney (2-4) at Gothenburg (3-3), Gordon-Rushville (2-4) at St. Pat’s (4-1), Kimball (0-6) at Hyannis (1-5), Cody-Kilgore (2-2) at Minatare (2-3), South Platte (3-2) at Banner County (0-5), Potter-Dix (5-0) at Hay Springs (2-3), Arthur County (5-1) at Creek Valley (4-1)
***Crawford at Sioux County has been CANCELLED***
Wyoming Games – Week 6
2A- #4 Torrington at Newcastle, 6 pm
2A- #3 Upton-Sundance at Burns, 6 pm
2A- Wheatland at Tongue River, 6 pm
1A, 9-man- #1 Southeast at #5 Saratoga, 6 pm
1A, 9-man- Wright at Pine Bluffs, 6 pm
1A, 9-man- Lingle-Ft. Laramie at Moorcroft, 6 pm
1A, 6-man- #4 Kaycee at Guernsey-Sunrise, 7 pm