Nemaha Central Thunder rolls into 2A state championship

SENECA, Kan. (WIBW) - Sitting at 1-2 through three games, no one would've blamed you for thinking Nemaha Central couldn't make a deep run.

Now, the Thunder sits a win away from a 2A state championship. Nemaha Central head coach Warren Seitz has enjoyed watching his group grow.

"There is some satisfaction, I think both as a player and as a coach, that we've continued to get better throughout the year," Seitz said. "And we're peaking at the right time."

Senior running back and linebacker Bryce Uphaus credits that to the team's toughness.

"Grit," Uphaus said. "Greatness requires individual toughness. And we've just used that throughout our journey."

Nemaha Central is seeking its first state title, something that of course means a ton to the team, but also the community.

"It's a dream come true," Uphaus said of this chance. "My brothers and them both got to regionals I think and lost to Rossville. We got it done this year. And hopefully, we can get the state championship."

"It'd mean a tremendous amount," Seitz said of a potential title. "And we've got Centralia and Axtell also playing state championships, which are both less than 10 miles from Seneca. The community is always backed, all activities and sports up in this part."

The Thunder face Norton Community High School in Salina at 1 p.m.