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By Rob Langrell
Publisher of The Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Red Raiders fall in state tournament

Sidney gives up two early TDs after turnovers in 70-20 loss to top-ranked Elkorn South


Donna Wiedeburg / For The Sun-Telegraph

Sidney High School's Alex Linneman (No. 12) blocks in front of teammate Tyler Wintholz (with the ball) on Friday.

Sidney High School football coach Chris Koozer had stressed the importance of a fast start for the Red Raiders in Friday's Class B state tournament opener.

Instead, the opposite happened and it proved costly to Sidney.

The Red Raiders surrendered two touchdowns – both off turnovers – in the first 1 minute, 33 seconds of the game and couldn't recover in their 70-20 loss to Elkhorn South.

Sidney finished its season 5-5, while Elkorn South – the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class B according to several polls – improved to 10-0 and advanced into the quarterfinals.

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