LINCOLN – A handful of northeast Nebraska football teams have qualified for the Class C2 playoffs which will begin this Friday, October 30.
After battling in a district final Friday night, both Norfolk Catholic and Hartington Cedar Catholic will continue their season as will Oakland-Craig and Crofton who play each other in the opening round.
#7 Norfolk Catholic defeated #11 Hartington Cedar Catholic last Friday, 14-10 ending their season on a five-game winning streak at 6-2 while the Trojans fell to 7-2.
The Knights will open against #10 David City Aquinas Catholic (7-2) at 7 p.m. from Veteran’s Memorial Field in Norfolk while Cedar Catholic travels to #6 Bridgeport (6-1) at 2 p.m. MST.
HCC is back in the playoffs for the second straight year after falling in the opening round to Oakland-Craig, 28-26 last year. This marks the 27th time in program history the team has qualified for the playoffs. For Norfolk Catholic, they had a 23-year run in the postseason snapped last year after going 3-6 but return for the 36th time in school history.
A win for Norfolk Catholic, would match them up against either #2 Ord (7-0) or #15 Bishop Neumann (4-4) who play at 5 p.m. Friday while HCC is opposite of #3 Oakland-Craig (7-1) vs. #14 Crofton (5-4) who play at 7 p.m.
The other half of the bracket features #1 Archbishop Bergan (9-0) vs. #16 Lincoln Lutheran (3-6) at 7 p.m.; #8 Sutton (6-1) vs. #9 North Platte St. Patrick’s at 7 p.m.; #4 Yutan (7-1) vs. #13 Centura (4-4) at 7 p.m. and #5 Wilber-Clatonia (6-1) vs. #12 Grand Island Central Catholic (5-4) at 7 p.m.