Area teams go down in Tuesday playoff games
Cozad remains undefeated to advance
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
North Platte St. Pat’s, Wallace, Medicine Valley and Gothenburg all dropped out of the football playoffs in the semi-finals of the western brackets in their respective classes.
In C2 action, St. Pat’s fell to #1 seed Doniphan-Trumbull 42-20.
Wallace got beat on a pass in the last minute of the game by Amherst, 50-44, in their D2 western bracket semi-final.
In the same bracket, Medicine Valley’s season came to an end after falling to Stuart 44-20.
Hemingford represents the last western Nebraska team in the playoffs, beating Elm Creek 20-7 Tuesday in the D1 playoffs.
In a C1 match-up featuring two of the teams in Imperial’s district, Cozad kept their record perfect at 11-0 by defeating Gothenburg 34-9.
Cozad will play Boone Central/Newman Grove next Tuesday for a berth in the state finals.
BC/NG defeated Norfolk Catholic Tuesday 34-16 in a rematch of last year’s C1 finals won by Norfolk Catholic.
Last year, the Longhorns fell to BC/NG in the second round of the playoffs.
The only other area team remaining in the playoffs is Class B McCook.
They avenged their only regular season loss last week, defeating Aurora 24-15.
They will travel to Omaha Skutt Friday with the winner securing a berth in the Class B finals.
The state finals are slated for Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium.