Every round of the Class C-1 state playoffs will get more difficult and more intense and on Nov. 2 in the second round, the Minden Whippets were tested by the Boone Central Cardinals at Kuper Field.
The second-seeded Whippets were able to hold off the sixth-seeded Cardinals for a 21-12 victory. Minden improves to 10-0 on the season while Boone Central’s season comes to an end at 7-3.
Minden’s next challenge will be in the C-1 quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 8 right back at Kuper Field when they host a familiar foe, the tenth-seeded Gothenburg Swedes. The Swedes pulled off a four overtime upset over second-seeded Ogallala Indians, 36-35, to reach the quarterfinals.
This will be the second meeting of the season between Minden and the Swedes with the Dawgs coming out on top by a score of 34-7 in a game played in Gothenburg in week two.
Minden needed an intense game like this against Boone Central, which is only the Whippets second tester that has gone four quarters, since the win over Milford.
The Whippets and Cardinals felt each other out for the first period before the Minden offense got on track. The Dawgs started their march to their first score at their own 15-yard line.
Minden had several key plays including two fourth down conversions, leaning on the Whippets powerful offensive line to make the line surge. Jack Raffety and Jarod Speer each converted fourth down runs of less than one yard, both plays keeping the drive moving down field.
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