FOOTBALL: Panthers, Irish, Swedes and Raiders Move to Quarterfinals

The glass slipper in the state football playoffs fits the paw of a Panther. Two interception returns for touchdowns in the fourth quarter lifted twelfth-seed Hershey to a 34-20 victory over Blue Hill and into the Class C2 quarterfinals for the first time ever. Colton Marshall and Dylan Johnson had the pick-sixes that helped Hershey stave off the Bobcats rally. Also moving on to the state quarterfinals in C2 are the St. Patrick’s Irish. Sean Keenan threw a touchdown pass and ran for three scores in a 32-6 win over West Holt. In class C1, thirteen-seed Gothenburg posted their second straight shutout, blanking Chadron 12-0 to advance. In Class D2, Medicine Valley also moved on, beating Creek Valley 64-42. Elsewhere, Chase County fell to Boone Central/Newman Grove 48-20 in class C1, and Maxwell lost 16-0 to Arapahoe in class D1.