Guardian Angels Central Catholic and Burwell meet on Monday in the Class D-1 State Championship Football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
GACC Head Coach Dave Ridder says the Longhorns are talented.
“They like to run the ball a lot, and they’re a very physical team. They have a pretty good defense, and their offense is very good. And they’re very physical up front with their line, and they have a very good running back. A big kid about 6’1, 205.”
Burwell beat Palmer 26-24 in the State Semifinals on Monday while GACC downed Creighton 48-44.
Burwell Head Coach Luke Gideon says the Bluejays are a very worthy opponent.
“Well it looks like to me from what I’ve seen so far they’re a really balanced team too, and they like to throw the ball down the field. And the Quarterback seems to be one of those guys that you better contain a little bit cause he can run too. And it looks like they got a good running game and passing game. And their defense looks like their awful athletic. Guys are good tacklers. They really get to the ball. It looks like they’ve always got a good game plan, and I think they’re very well coached.”
The Bluejays are 12-0 on the season while the Longhorns are 10-2.
GACC is making their third appearance in the last seven years in the D-1 State Title game.
Ridder says his team will approach this game with Burwell just like any other.
“We’re just preparing to do as best we can. And the game is whatever happens, happens. And if we win a state championship that’s great, but hopefully we can play our best game. We still haven’t played our best game yet.”
The Bluejays won it all in 2010 before losing in 2011. The Longhorns are making their second straight state championship game appearance.
Burwell knocked off South Loup, Perkins County, Elm Creek, and Palmer on their way back to Memorial Stadium.
Gideon says it’s been quite the run.
“Yeah the playoffs have been good to us so far. And starting out with South Loup, and going on to Perkins County and Elm Creek and now Palmer. Getting through those teams and getting a chance to play in the championship game was the kids’ goal again. And they’ve worked hard all year, and they’ve come a long ways. And just really proud of this group of kids, and the determination they had to get back to Lincoln.”
The Longhorns fell to BDS in last year’s D-1 title game.
Kickoff is set for 2:45 p.m.