ALLEN – It’s a big game, sure.
It’s an opportunity for both teams to bounce back from tough losses last week. It’s also a chance to get a key win in a loaded Class D2 district.
But beyond all that, it’s also a chance to get bragging rights at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
When Allen hosts Hartington-Newcastle on Friday, it will feature a rarity in Nebraska high school football…a father vs. son coaching match-up.
Allen’s David Uldrich is entering his 18th season as Allen head coach. His son, Corey, is now in year three at the helm of Hartington-Newcastle.
Corey started his coaching career on his dad’s staff at Allen, before getting his first head coaching job in Humphrey.
Now, they’ll face each other, in a game that will provide plenty of drama beyond the pre-game hype.
Both teams bring play-makers on both sides of the ball. Hartington-Newcastle’s defense has given up just 154 yards per game on average this season, with senior Turner Korth averaging 12.5 tackles per game.
On offense, the Wildcats are among the most balanced in Class D2, with junior quarterback Shaye Morten passing for six touchdown passes this season, joined in an explosive backfield by tailback Ethan Koch, and his 105 rushing yards per game.
Allen brings one of the better dual-threats in Class D2 in quarterback Kyle Smith. The senior has rushed for 502 yards and 8 touchdowns this season.
Friday’s game will be streamed live at ncnsportsnow.com starting at 6:40 p.m.