Burwell headed back to state title game for fourth time in past five years

BURWELL, Neb. (KSNB) - The Burwell football team is no stranger to Lincoln. This coming Monday will be the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Longhorns (10-2) will play for the D-1 state title at Memorial Stadium.

Burwell breaks down their huddle before taking the field.

Burwell entered the 2019 State Playoffs as a five seed in the West bracket. Their first big test came against Elm Creek, who beat the Longhorns in the regular season.

They revenged that loss with a 50-12 win, and kept cruising after that. Beating top seed Cambridge 71-48.

They even proved they could win a defensive battle, like they showed in the semifinals in their 28-10 win over Dundy County-Stratton.

"We've always been balanced, that's why our team has always stood out on offense and defense," said Burwell football coach Luke Gideon. "We're just tough, I mean we got tough kids. They're mentally and physically tough."

The Longhorns only have four seniors on the roster, and although they've been to Lincoln and were a part of the 2016 championship team, they couldn't be more thrilled to be back in their final season.

"It just means so much to be able to accomplish all of this and go to Lincoln and get another chance at the State Championship," said senior Jase Williams.

"It's gonna be so cool I can't wait, but you gotta stay calm though," said senior Jase Williams. "Can't get too hyped up, just ride the train."

The Longhorns will ride that train to Lincoln, where they will square off with Osceola-High Plains Monday at 10:15 a.m.

Burwell is looking for their second title in school history, and second title in the last four years.