District Title To Be Decided Tonight When Wolfpack, Warriors Clash At Elgin Field

“It’s a big game for us.”
Six little words, 16 letters in all. But it has a huge meaning for members of the Wolfpack varsity football team.
After starting out the season with three losses, Elgin Public-Pope John has rebounded with three straight victories and will play for the D1-7 District title Friday night at Elgin Field.
Standing between them and a championship are the Neligh-Oakdale Warriors. The Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak after dropping their first two games of the season.
“I’m pretty sure these kids (the Wolfpack) are going to be ready,” said Eisenhauer, in his second season as head coach of the Wolfpack.
“They’re (Neligh/Oakdale) going to spread us out. They’re quick hitters and everything is kinda like last year. Hopefully, our kids will answer. I think they will.”
The Wolfpack enter Friday night’s game averaging nearly 32 points per game on offense while the defense has given up 27 points per game, but just 12 points per game during their winning streak.
The Warriors are averaging 44 points per game on offense. The Warrior defense has given up an average of 35 points per game.
The schools have played two common opponents. The Wolfpack posted a 30 to 6 victory over North Central. When the Warriors played North Central they previaled in a high scoring affair, 49 to 45.
The other common opponent was Niobrara/Verdigre whom the Wolfpack defeated 48 to 6. The Warriors defeated the Cougars 56 to 14 earlier in the season.
The winner of Friday night’s game will not only win a district title, but will qualify for the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs. The loser will not be eliminated from the playoffs, but would have to qualify as a wild-card entry.
The Wolfpack and Warriors have each posted victories on their home field against each other over the last two season.
Friday night’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.