For our football Game of the Week, we will be in Atkinson as West Holt hosts Clearwater-Orchard. West Holt has all but locked up a playoff spot and are now playing for a better seed. The Cyclones, however, are in full playoff mode already, as they likely have to win at least one of their remaining games to make the postseason.
Why is this the Game of the Week? Both teams have a lot of motivation as we close in on the end of the regular season. Three weeks ago, West Holt looked to be one of the top teams in the state, with their only loss coming to Creighton. Since then, they have dropped two straight, first to Burwell then to Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing. They look to stop the two game losing skid and move up the playoff seeding with a win over the Cyclones, who come in with a two-game losing skid of their own. They are right on the edge of the playoff picture and can secure a spot with a win or two to finish the year. They are young and talented, if they can put it together, an upset is waiting.
Who is going to be there? West Holt (3-3), Clearwater-Orchard (2-4)
Players to watch: West Holt - Bryce Kerkman, Junior, Dynamic athlete with a strong arm and great at making plays with his feet.
Clearwater-Orchard - Creston Bertschinger, Junior, 812 all-purpose yard, 7 total touchdowns, 47 total tackles
Game Day Info: Atkinson, NE. Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
Sports Editor at Antelope County News/The Orchard News, Logan is from Kearney and has a diverse sports background, including several seasons playing semi-pro football. All columns here are the opinion of the writer only and do not represent the views of the Antelope County News or Pitzer Digital.