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Raiders travel to the Dragons' den in second round

Unbeaten Gretna matches Sidney in size, versatility; coaches on both sides expect "physical" encounter


Donna Wiedeburg / For The Sun-Telegraph

The 2013 Sidney Raiders football team paused for a picture Thursday before loading onto the bus to Gretna for this week's quarterfinal playoff game.

After their 36-26 win over the Blair Bears last Friday at Weymouth Field, the Red Raiders have found themselves in a place they haven't been in 20 years. But how much does that really matter when none of the players on the present team had even been born until after 1993?

By virtue of knocking off the ninth seeded Bears, the Raiders earned the right to meet top-seeded Gretna at their place Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CST. The Dragons (10-0) ended 16th seeded Gross Catholic's season last week with by a count of 49-21. While the task, at least on paper, gets tougher for Sidney, so too does...

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