EXETER — In 2007, both the Elgin Public and Elgin Pope John high school football teams made the state championship game. Pope John won Class D-1, while Elgin finished runner-up in D-2. The town of just more than 600 people at the time could’ve been considered the football capitol of Nebraska.
A few years later, the two schools combined to become the Elgin Public/Pope John Wolfpack — and they haven’t skipped a beat, winning the Class D-1 title in 2011.
They’re planning to defend that title Monday against Exeter-Milligan (12-0). Safe to say, the Timberwolves are facing a big test in their first trip to the state championship as a co-op school.
“They’ve got a real good team. They’re extremely fast and very physical,” said Exeter-Milligan head coach Dean Filipi. “It’s going to be quite a challenge.”