Playing their third home playoff game in a row, Elgin Public-Pope John remained unbeaten with a 30 to 0 victory over South Loup.
Blake Anderson scored three touchdowns and teammate Ross Schindler added one as the Wolfpack ground game proved to be too much for South Loup to handle.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 22 to 0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Wolfpack defenders kept the Bobcats out of the endzone.
Coach Carlie Wells said the key to the game was the Wolfpack’s ability to stop the Bobcats’ explosive backs.
“I thought our defense played great,” Wells said.
A complete account of the game will appear in next week’s issue of the Elgin Review.
Going undefeated in the regular season, the Wolfpack have defeated Franklin, Overton and now South Loup in the playoffs to post an 11-0 record.
Their biggest challenge to date will come Monday, Nov. 14. On that date, the #2 seed Wolfpack will play at #1 seed Kenesaw in the semi-final round of the playoffs. Kickoff will be at 5 p.m.
The winner will advance to the Class D-1 State Championship game to be played on Monday, Nov. 21, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Kickoff for the championship game will be 10:15 a.m.
Kenesaw earned their spot in the semi-final round by defeating Garden County Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils have been ranked among the best in Class D-1 all season long by the Omaha and Lincoln newspapers.
Coached by Craig Schnitzler, the Blue Devils have dominated opponents with an air-tight defense.
During the regular season, Kenesaw’s defense allowed opponents an average of just eight points per game.
The Wolfpack and Blue Devils have two common opponents this year. Kenesaw defeated Overton 50 to 14 and shut out Franklin 58 to 0.
Elgin Public-Pope John faced both schools in the playoffs, defeating Overton 40 to 12 and topping Franklin 54 to 13 to set the stage for Monday’s matchup against the Blue Devils.
Both teams will take 11-0 records into the semi-final game. Kenesaw is located approximately 21 miles south and west of Wood River.