The Minden Whippets can finally get the monkey off their back about not winning a playoff game in 26 years. The last time Minden won a playoff game was 1985 when they defeated Gothenburg.
The Minden football team was victorious on Thursday in the first round of the 2011 Class C-1 playoffs when the Central City Bison came to Kuper Field. The Dawgs led 35-7 at intermission and rolled to a 49-7 victory.
“Jarod Speer had a big game for us rushing for over 200 yards and defensively Jack Raffety led the team in tackles with 12 while Carson Blum had three interceptions,” stated Minden head coach Sam Dunn. “Defensively, Coaches Shannon Lovin, Rick Chramosta and Aaron Martin had a great game plan to shut down their quarterback.”
Minden (9-0) will host the Boone Central Cardinals (7-2) on Wednesday in Minden with kick off set for 6 p.m. Boone Central, the sixth-seed, rolled past the 11-seeded Gordon-Rushville Mustangs 60-7 at home to advance to meet the third-seeded Whippets.
The winner of the Minden/Boone Central game will advance to take on the winner between west second-seeded Ogallala and the tenth-seeded Gothenburg Swedes in the west quarterfinals on Tuesday, November 8.
Should Minden get the win over Boone Central it could become only the second 10 win season in school history. The only other ten win season was in 1977 when the Whippets won the Class B state championship.
Minden didn’t waste any time in showing the visiting Bison who was in charge in this playoff contest. On the second play from scrimmage senior Jarod Speer took the handoff and raced almost untouched for a 63-yard touchdown. Derek Kissinger attempted the point-after kick but it was blocked and Minden led 6-0 with 11:14 to pay in the first quarter.
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