As Elkhorn and Elkhorn South prepare for their rivalry football game Thursday night, everyone seems to have moved past a concern from earlier in the week when Channel 6 News reported on an alleged bounty put out on an Elkhorn High player.
Administrators are calling it a bad locker room joke. Students say they’re ready to move past the allegations and cheer on their teams.
For the third time in school history, Elkhorn and Elkhorn South will go helmet to helmet at 7 p.m. “People were really excited for the game, they are excited for the events, the football players are really excited for the energy,” said Elkhorn South sophomore Paul Barnes, who knows the Storm versus the Antlers will be full of school spirit on both sides of the ball. “We are all one district so it's not too intense."
Earlier in the week, allegations surfaced of a bounty that was put out on an Elkhorn player by a player from Elkhorn South. Elkhorn District Superintendent Steve Baker released a statement saying, in part, that the administration immediately began conducting a threat assessment, according to district policy.
The statement goes on to say that after the district's investigation was completed, it was determined the bounty was part of a poorly chosen joke made by an Elkhorn South player and no evidence was found that plans were ever thought out or executed.
For Barnes, he knows it's a fierce rivalry, but in the end it's just a game. “It's intense, but I think it's friendly. I don't think there's any hard feelings between the two schools. Besides the problem earlier this week, I think it should be fun."