SIDNEY, Neb. — After already making history by just qualifying for the postseason for the first time in 19 years, the Sidney football team added to its historic season by beating Blair 36-26 in a Class B first-round playoff game Friday at Weymouth Field.
The victory was Sidney's first in the postseason since 1993.
“Right now we're just happy that we're moving on,” Sidney coach Todd Ekart said. “It's something that hasn't been done here in a long, long time. Hat's off to these kids.”
Sidney (7-3) advances into the second round to take on top-seeded Gretna. The Dragons beat Omaha Gross in the first round to improve to 10-0. Gretna will host Sidney on Friday.
In a matchup of Nos. 8 and 9 seeds, Sidney never trailed in the contest after taking the opening possession 80 yards for a touchdown. After churning out five straight first downs on the drive, Michael Deaver busted loose from 34 yards out to cap the drive with just under seven minutes to play in the first quarter. Lane Harvey hooked up with Lucas Rosenbaum for the two-point conversion to give the Red Raiders a quick 8-0 advantage.
Will Schany scored the first of his two rushing touchdowns for Blair about midway through the second quarter to pull the Bears within 8-7.
Logan Lewis' 62-yard run gave him his third touchdown and Sidney a 29-19 lead.
“We just made more plays in the end,” Ekart said. “We knew coming in that they were a straight-ahead team, and if we allowed them to run north and south it was going to be a long game.”
Lewis led the Raiders in rushing with 200 yards on 33 carries.
Harvey completed 7 of his 9 passes for 83 yards. Rosenbaum was Harvey’s top target as he caught four balls for 36 yards.
Schany led Blair in rushing with 159 yards on 37 carries.
The Bears entered the playoffs on a five-game winning streak. Blair finished its season with a record of 5-5.
Blair (5-5) .................................... 0 13 6 7—26
At Sidney (7-3) ............................ 8 8 8 12—36
S: Michael Deaver 34 run (Lucas Rosenbaum pass from Lane Harvey)
B: Will Schany 5 run (Sean Petersen kick)
S: Logan Lewis 2 run (Harvey run)
B: Schany 6 run (Kick failed)
S: Lewis 5 run (Lewis run)
B: Vance Janssen 50 pass from Ian Mertlik (Pass failed)
S: Lewis 62 run (Run failed)
S: Rosenbaum 5 pass from Harvey (Run failed)
B: Janssen 29 pass from Mertlik (Petersen kick)