Sacred Heart out to prove a point in playoffs after regular season loss to Johnson-Brock

Sacred Heart out to prove a point in playoffs after regular season loss to Johnson-Brock
Falls City Sacred Heart quarterback Drew Bippes dives for the endzone in the 2016 Class D2 State Championship at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. (World-Herald News Service)

FALLS CITY – The Falls City Sacred Heart football team, the No. 5 seed in the east division of the Nebraska School Activities Association Class D2 State Playoffs, feature many weapons this postseason.

One of those weapons is three-year starting quarterback, defensive back and punter Drew Bippes. The 6’0″, 165-pound senior is a returning all-state player. He led the Irish to the school’s eighth state title in 2016.

According to Huskerland Prep Report Publisher Bob Jensen, you’ll look at what Bippes has done this season and the stat that’ll stand out the most is his punting. That’s because he didn’t get to play a lot of full games due to score differential.

Jensen says, while Bippes is a nice punter, fans who have seen him play know “that’s not where his bread is buttered.” Jensen calls Bippes a skilled, fast player with a lot of confidence.

“He’s played in so many big games – nothing is going to shake him. He is getting “some” coaching from (Doug) Goltz. You add that all up, you got one of the premiere play-makers.”

The Irish (8-1) make a road trip for the first time this postseason. They’ll travel to Randolph on Wednesday afternoon to play the No. 6 Cardinals (7-2) at 3 p.m. Randolph defeated Plainview, 30-20, in the first round last Thursday.

Jensen raves about Randolph’s facilities, their love for football and the coaching from Mark Lech. He says it’s worth the drive from Falls City.

For fans who can’t make it to the game, News Channel Nebraska is offering a free video broadcast of the game – sponsored by Falls City Nursing and Rehab. Coverage will be available on Skitter TV through Southeast Nebraska Communications in Falls City or at

Updated state football brackets

No. 5 Falls City Sacred Heart at No. 6 Randolph

When: 3 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Randolph, Neb.

Radio: News Channel Nebraska TV,

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