The time has arrived! It’s time for the high school football season to get underway on KNEB and across the state.
Let’s get to this week’s Friday Night Preview.
North Platte at Scottsbluff
The 2018 Scottsbluff team was one of the best in school history as they finished at 12-1 with a state title game loss to Skutt Catholic. The offseason ushered in a new era as Jud Hall takes over for Joe Benson as head coach.
In last year’s opener Scottsbluff went on the road to North Platte and won 41-20. North Platte will bring in a triple option offense tonight and Coach Hall says that poses some problems.
One thing to keep an eye on defensively for the Bearcats will in the secondary where they’ll be breaking in four new starters. Coach Hall says in this matchup a year ago the two safeties had close to 20 tackles combined. We’ll be watching the secondary tonight. That said don’t expect to see too many passes from the Bulldogs.
North Platte, well they’ve got some major concerns of their own. Bulldogs second year head coach Todd Rice says Scottsbluff has one of the best rushing offenses in the state. Part of that attack is senior quarterback Sabastian Harsh. Rice says Harsh is also pretty good on defense.
An opposing coach literally laughing at how good of a player Harsh is. Harsh, along with Terrance Mokeac, voted as two season long captains for the Bearcats. They’ll be joined tonight by two of the leaders in the trenches, Sam Clarkson and Joe McCloud.
We’ll have coverage tonight on KNEB.tv, Allo 15, Mobius 1500, 101.7 The Trail, and kneb.com starting at 6:30 for pregame with kickoff scheduled for 7 pm.
Northwest at Gering
It’s a tough opener for the Gering Bulldogs as the Northwest Vikings come to town tonight. Gering is trying to make up ground on just about every other school in Class B.
In year one last year for coach Josh Hiatt the Bulldogs finished with a record of 0-9. Earlier this week Coach Hiatt talked about some of the goals they have as a program entering 2019.
You see a 5-5 record last year for Northwest and you might think it was a middling type of season. Think again. Northwest played a murderers row Class B schedule and still qualified for the playoffs with a top ten ranking for head coach Kevin Stein.
Opening night coverage for Gering and Northwest can be heard on KNEB AM 960, 100.3 FM, and kneb.com starting at 6:30 with kickoff at 7.
Rest of the Schedule
- Alliance at York – For the second straight season the Bulldogs open up with one of Class B’s finest in the Dukes. Alliance had to play York twice a year ago (1st rd. playoffs) so there won’t be many secrets tonight. Alliance will be led by SR QB Trevor Dubray.
- Bridgeport at Sidney – It’s the start of the Jeremy Reimers regime at Bridgeport this season. Bridgeport brings back starting quarterback Cole Faessler and all five offensive lineman from a sason ago. For Sidney the go to player this year will be senior Eli Ahrens, who takes over at quarterback and he’s also an outstanding safety.
- Valentine at Mitchell – The Tigers have to deal with a tough schedule that includes this opener along with Ogallala, Chase County, Chadron, St. Pat’s, and Sidney, BUT they do return eight starters on both sides of the ball for first year head coach Nick Kuxhausen
Other matchups tonight: Mullen at Hemingford, Gordon-Rushville at Chadron, Morrill at Maxwell, Potter-Dix, Garden County at Kimball, Edgemont SD at Crawford, Bayard at Leyton/Banner County, Potter-Dix at Hay Springs
Saturday: Glenrock at Pine Bluffs