FOOTBALL: Local Teams Ready for Playoffs

The playoff fields for the Nebraska prep football postseason were officially set on Saturday. In Class C1, Ogallala, Broken Bow, Chase County, Cozad and Gothenburg are in the tournament, with the latter two rivals set for a first round rematch of Cozad’s 42-7 win in Gothenburg earlier this season. In Class C2, the St. Patrick’s Irish are the third seed in the west bracket, and Hershey and Perkins County will face each other in the first round, a rematch of the Plainsmen’s 14-7 triumph from the regular season. Class D1’s playoff field features SMC, South Loup, and Paxton and Maxwell, who face each other in the first round. That’s also a rematch, as Paxton dropped Maxwell 54-18 in Paxton earlier. And in Class D2, Wallace, Mullen, Hayes Center and Medicine Valley are playoff bound, with the unbeaten Raiders the fourth seed out west. The playoffs in the C and D classes start on Thursday night.