The Chadron State football team is back in the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time since 2008 and the Eagles will host high flying West Texas A&M at noon on Saturday.
“They are an explosive offense and they’re a team who has put up a lot of points,” head coach Jay Long said. “We know that we are going to see a great team. We are in the elite group of teams now and our guys are excited to go against them.”
Chadron State and West Texas finished 9-2 with the winner advancing to the second round game to be hosted by Ashland on Saturday, Nov. 24.
Both of these program are familiar with each other in postseason play. Back in 2006, the Buffs had a 17-7 lead two minutes into the second quarter, but the Eagles rallied to win 43-17 without starting quarterback Joe McLain who was out with a sprained ankle in the first quarter. Current New England Patriot Danny Woodhead, carried the ball 35 times for 252 yards and scored four touchdowns.
That 2006 playoff victory was Chadron State’s first. The Eagles also won their first playoff games in both 2007 and 2008 and are 3-7 in NCAA II playoff action.
Info courtesy of Chadron State Athletics.