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By Will Korn 

Old college friends, teammates to come full circle

Sidney, Seward head coaches to clash in Friday’s playoff game


Sidney High football head coach Todd Ekart and Seward High head coach Jamie Opfer go way back.

As high school seniors, they lined up against one other – Ekart in Superior and Opfer in Geneva.

In 1993, they both enrolled as freshman at Concordia University, Nebraska in Seward. They didn’t know each other very well at the time and lived in different dorms on campus.

But it wouldn’t take long for that to change.

For the next four years, the two took the field together in Bulldog uniforms – Ekart as a defensive back and Opfer as a linebacker. The two formed a lasting friendship th...

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