High School Football Championships Return to Memorial Stadium

Nov. 22, 2021, 11:10 a.m. ·

A football player in a white and black uniform is getting spun down for a tackle while carrying the ball. A player in a black and red uniform appears to be able to make the tackle while the ball carrier fights for his balance.
Nebraska high school football teams compete in the state championships at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln this week. (Archive photo by Josh Hartman, Nebraska Public Media News)

The Nebraska State High School football championships return to Memorial Stadium Monday and Tuesday, after being forced to play the games at local sites last year.

Nate Neuhaus is football director for the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA), and says the directed health measures in Lincoln would have imposed attendance restrictions last year. This year there are few restrictions.

“The only restriction that we’re required to follow is the Lancaster Health Department, again, has an indoor mask mandate, so anybody that sits indoor in the west stadium is required to wear a mask,” Neuhaus said, “but all outdoor spectators are mask free.”

Monday morning Howells-Dodge defeated Cross-County 42-12 for the Class D1 title. In Class D2, Kenesaw won over Sandhills/Thedford 46-40. The Monday nightcap features Bennington facing off against Aurora for the Class B championship.

Tuesday begins with Pierce and Columbus-Lakeview fighting for Class C1 supremacy. In the afternoon, Norfolk Catholic and Archbishop Bergan will battle in Class C2. The Class A final caps off this week’s football championships with Gretna and Omaha Westside vying for that championship. All games can be watched on Nebraska Public Media.