It’s time for another Friday Night Preview as we get set for week three of high school football in Nebraska and week two for games involving Wyoming schools.
We’ve got a double barrel action here at KNEB tonight and we’ll start with a top 10 matchup in Class B…
#2 Scottsbluff (2-0) at #7 GI Northwest (2-0)
For the second straight week the Bearcats venture on the road to take on a top ten team. Last week they throttled Hastings 47-12 and put the mercy rule running clock on the Tigers for the entire fourth quarter. It was a big night for Sabastian Harsh. The senior quarterback/linebacker had over 300 yards of total offense and ran for three touchdowns and also threw for three touchdowns.
First year head coach Jud Hall is pretty no-nonsense. Even after the dominant win he was preaching needing to fix some mistakes so they can play up to their potential. Mistakes aside it was still a big effort to win on the road against a quality opponent.
This week it’s a Northwest team that beat McCook at home last week 20-3 and they’re off to a 2-0 start. Coach Hall says they’re a little bit different in years past.
Both head coaches have referred to GINW’s Grady Greiss as one of the best defensive players in the state of Nebraska. That would mean two of the best defensive players in the state of Nebraska will be on the field together. It’s a weekly routine listening to opposing coaches gush about Sabastian Harsh. Here’s Northwest head coach, Kevin Stein.
Coverage tonight starts at 5:30 on 101.7 The Trail and kneb.com with kickoff slated for 6 pm.
Torrington (1-0) at Gering (0-2)
Let’s get this out of the way first; the bottom line is the win/loss column. And on that front Gering failed another test last week. The Bulldogs lost at Seward by the final of 28-6.
With that out of the way I think it’s safe to say that Gering played up to the level of their competition for a bit in that loss. I thought these comments from coach Josh Hiatt after the game were telling.
“They feel it a little bit more, you can see it on their faces”. Those are comments about a team that is disappointed in a result rather than accepting of a result. A big difference.
Let’s jump to Torrington. The Blazers got out of the gate last week with a 28-8 win over Glenrock. A win in the head coaching debut of first year head coach Russell Steinmetz. This Torrington team a much younger, inexperienced unit than the teams that reached the state title game the last two years.
The Blazers absolutely steamrolled Gering last year in Torrington so you know the Bulldogs will have that on their minds. More important than that will be continuing to show improvemens from the Seward game. Coach Hiatt sounds optimistice about this week’s game.
This will be our KNEB.tv/Radio combo game tonight. Coverage on the TV side (ALLO 15 and Mobius 1500) along with KNEB AM 960, 100.3 FM, and kneb.com will start at 6:30, kickoff at 7 o’clock.
Here’s the rest of the area schedule for tonight:
Hastings (1-1) at Alliance (0-2)…After encouraging week one showings for both these teams it was letdown city last week. After Hastings opened with a win over McCook the Tigers were hammered by Scottsbluff. One week after hanging with York for the first (tied 9-9 at halftime) the Bulldogs came home and got beat up pretty good by Chadron. Big bounce back opportunity for both teams.
Valentine (1-1) at Chadron (2-0)…Mike Lecher’s team has opened with back to back wide margin wins over Gordon-Rushville and Alliance. The Cardinals have outscored their opponents this season 78-19 through the first two weeks.
Morrill (1-1) at Elm Creek (2-0)
Cambridge (1-0) at Bayard (1-1)
Crawford (2-0) at Minatare (0-1)…Crawford was just a few plays away from being a playoff team last year in their first go around at the six-man level and they’ve responded with wins over Edgemont SD and Potter-Dix to start the year. Minatare was a state semifinalist year and they had last week off to work on improvements after an opening loss to Sioux County.
Burwell (2-0) at Hemingford (1-1)…The Bobcats won a big opener against Mullen and then last week they were shutout by South Loup 35-0. Burwell comes west having won their first two games by the combined score of 90-21.
Kimball (0-1) at Southwest (0-1)
Potter-Dix (1-1) at Sioux County (2-0)…Many of the six-man coaches in the preseason were on Barry Swisher’s Warriors. Early returns show those coaches were correct as Sioux County has early wins over Minatare and Lingle Ft. Laramie.
Gordon-Rushville (0-2) at Mitchell (1-1)…The C-2 Mustangs are playing their third straight C-1 opponent to open the year (Chadron, Sidney). Mitchell dropped their opener to Valentine but responded with a 40 point showing in a win over Southeast WY last week.
Sidney (2-0) at Minden (1-1)
Brady (1-0) at Leyton/Banner County (0-2)
Wyoming schedule: Lingle Ft. Laramie at NSI Academy, Tongue River at Niobrara County, Burns at Moorcroft, Pine Bluffs at Wright, Southeast at Cheyenne East