Created: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:42:00 CST
Updated: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:58:53 CST
With playoff football ready to go tomorrow, we move up by one night our Aurora Cooperative Game of the Week Preview...
As they try to repeat at Class D–2 State champions, the Giltner Hornets have a tough opening round opponent in the Lawrence–Nelson Raiders.
It happens tomorrow night at 7 at the Hornets nest.
Halloween is just about upon us and this isn't just ANY Jack–O–Lantern.
It's a Jack–O–Lantern on this sign at Lawrence–Nelson urging the Raiders to "treat" their fnas to a playoff victory up at the Hornets next in Giltner tomorrow. With a win over an undefeated Amherst team last time out, the Raiders like their chances against the defending Class D–2 champs
"You know, the boys are playing some good football. We feel good about where we're at right now you know hope that just propels us into this game." said Lawrence-Nelson coach Brian Blevins.
"They're big win last week against Amherst knocking off an undefeated team kind of woke up a lot of people, you know opened a lot of eyes." said Giltner coach Jeff Ashby.
"Our beating the #4 team in the state, that gave us a lot of confidence how good we can play." said Lawrence-Nelson running back Dillon Menke.
At Giltner, pads are "Poppen" as in fullback Garrett Poppen. An opening night loss to BDS preceeded seven straight wins for the Hornet so at Giltner it's business as usual.
"I'm just as confidnent as we were last year. I know this is like the lowest seeding we've had in awhile coming into the playoffs for awhile but I'm confident we'll do good," said Giltner running back Garrett Poppen.
Lawrence–Nelson is a program with a great history. The Corbin Biltoft era with legendary coach Gary DeBoer produced back to back titles in 2001 and 2002. The Raiders look to return to that glory.
"We have had a great tradition here with the winning teams and this is a great place to play football and coach," said Lawrence-Nelson coach Brian Blevins.
So will it b e a Happy Halloween for the Raiders or Hornets, a classic first round playoff battle between two programs that know what it feels like to play in the ultimate game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.