Only three of the 16 spots in the Class A playoffs appear up for grabs entering Friday night's final regular-season games.
Those teams projected to have clinched playoff berths are Millard West and Omaha Creighton Prep from District 1, Millard North, Omaha North, Omaha Burke and Papillion-La Vista from District 2, Omaha Westside and Millard South from District 3, Kearney and Lincoln North Star from District 4 and Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln Pius X from District 5.
Still in playoff contention are Omaha Central, Bellevue West, Lincoln East, Norfolk, Bellevue East and Grand Island.
>> Millard North already has wrapped up the No. 1 seed. That reflects the Mustangs' powerful schedule — all nine opponents could make the playoffs.
>> Bellevue West has several ways of qualifying, which would make District 2 the only district to send every team to the playoffs.
>> Kearney could be the only qualifier from outside Lincoln and the Metro Conference.
>> Pius X has qualified in its first year back in Class A. The Thunderbolts (5-3) went 3-6 last year and didn't qualify in Class B.
>> There could be triple-headers in the first round at two sites, Seacrest Field in Lincoln and Buell Stadium at Millard South.
These are the projected playoff scenarios by class:
District 1: Millard West is district champion. Prep is in. Central can lose to Prep and still qualify if Burke or Millard West wins. Bellevue East is mathematically alive.
District 2: Millard North, Omaha North, Burke and Papillion are in. Bellevue West can lose and still qualify with a loss by one of these four teams: Norfolk, Grand Island, Lincoln Pius X or Southwest.
District 3: Westside is district champion and Millard South the runner-up.
District 4: Kearney is district champion and North Star the runner-up. Grand Island is mathematically alive.
District 5: Southeast, Southwest and Pius X are in. Norfolk, Lincoln East and Lincoln Northeast are mathematically alive.
District 1: Omaha Skutt and Omaha Gross, both of which are in, play for the district title. Ralston is in contention for an at-large spot.
District 2: Plattsmouth is district champion. Waverly and Platteview remain mathematically alive.
District 3: Gretna, the district champion, is in along with Elkhorn. Elkhorn South, which plays Elkhorn on Thursday, is in contention for an at-large spot.
District 4: Blair is district champion. South Sioux City remains in contention for an at-large berth.
District 5: Beatrice is in. Norris qualifies by beating Seward. Crete must upset Beatrice and have Ralston and Waverly win to qualify.
District 6: Aurora is in, but York is district champion by beating the Huskies. Grand Island Northwest is in by beating Columbus.
District 7: McCook is district champion.
District 8: Scottsbluff is district champion by beating Sidney. If Sidney wins, the Red Raiders are district champions if Alliance loses to Gering. Alliance is in contention for an at-large berth.
District champions: Fort Calhoun, Pierce, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Wilber-Clatonia, Adams Central, Kearney Catholic, Chadron.
District-title games: Lincoln Christian at Falls City, Ashland-Greenwood at Wahoo.
District champion with win: Broken Bow.
At-large berths: Boys Town, Wahoo-Ashland loser, Norfolk Catholic, Columbus Lakeview, Grand Island Central Catholic, O'Neill, Broken Bow, Cozad, Chase County.
District champions: Elmwood-Murdock, Fremont Bergan, Norfolk Lutheran Northeast, Sutton, Blue Hill, Perkins County.
District-title games: Ponca at Wakefield, Malcolm at David City Aquinas, Hershey at North Platte St. Patrick's.
District champion with win: Southern.
At-large berths: Southern, Weeping Water, Malcolm-Aquinas loser, Crofton, West Holt, Doniphan-Trumbull, Thayer Central, Hastings St. Cecilia, North Platte SP.
District champions: Hartington, BDS, Elgin/Pope John, Palmer, Arapahoe, Hemingford.
District-title games: Nebraska Christian at High Plains.
District champions with win: Exeter-Milligan, Howells-Dodge, Burwell.
At-large berths: Exeter-Milligan, Howells-Dodge, Burwell, Freeman, Randolph, McCool Junction, Franklin, Creighton, Bloomfield, O'Neill St. Mary's, Loup City, South Loup, Elm Creek, Overton, Paxton, SMC.
District champions: Falls City Sacred Heart, Humphrey St. Francis, Giltner, Kenesaw, Bertrand, Garden County, Leyton.
District-title games: Nebraska Lutheran at Lincoln Parkview, Medicine Valley at Hayes Center.
District champions with win: Wynot.
At-large berths: Sterling, Parkview, Lindsay Holy Family, Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Wausa, Spalding/Spalding Academy, Shelton, Medicine Valley, Mullen.
Ratings comments: Papillion-La Vista's three-game losing streak after a 5-0 start causes the Monarchs to leave the rankings. Lincoln Southwest fills the opening.
In Class B, Elkhorn South returns at No. 10 after then-No. 8 Grand Island Northwest lost 21-10 at home to York (5-3).
Top games this week:
Thursday — Class B: Elkhorn South (home team) at Elkhorn. Class C-1: Boone Central/NG at Grand Island CC, Columbus LV at Columbus Scotus, O'Neill at Ord. Class C-2: Malcolm at David City Aquinas, Battle Creek at Norfolk Lutheran, Hershey at North Platte SP, West Holt at Crofton, Centennial at Fremont Bergan, Ravenna at Doniphan-Trumbull. Eight Man-2: Hayes Center at Medicine Valley.
Friday — Class A: Omaha North vs. Millard North at Buell, Lincoln Pius X vs. Lincoln Southeast at Seacrest (4:30), Millard South at Papillion-La Vista, Omaha Burke at Bellevue West. Class B: Beatrice at Crete, Omaha Gross at Omaha Skutt. Class C-1: Ashland-GW at Wahoo, Lincoln Christian at Falls City. Eight Man-1: Howells-Dodge at Clarkson/Leigh, Nebraska Christian at High Plains. Eight Man-2: Wynot at Wausa, Lyons-Decatur NE at Lindsay HF. Six Man: Silver Lake at Wauneta-Palisade.
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