>> Best game, West bracket: O’Neill (6-2) vs. Grand Island Central Catholic (6-2), 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium: Both teams took parallel paths to the playoffs, each starting 6-0 and being included in the C-1 ratings before stepping up in competition and losing its past two games. It’s O’Neill’s first playoff game since 1996.
>> Best game, East bracket: Boys Town (5-3) at No. 10 Falls City (6-2), 7 p.m. The host Tigers have won six straight, capturing a district title. Boys Town has won four of five, losing only to district champion Fort Calhoun.
>> Returning champion: No. 5 Norfolk Catholic (7-1) begins its bid for an unprecedented third consecutive C-1 title with a 3 p.m. home game at Memorial Field against Raymond Central (3-5).
>> No. 1 team: Adams Central (8-0) hosts Minden (2-6), which the Patriots beat 35-0 Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Adams Central shut out six of its eight regular-season opponents and its defense has allowed only one TD.
>> Immediate rematch: Chadron (5-3) visits Valentine (5-3) for a 5 p.m. game after losing 20-14 in overtime to the Badgers last Friday.
>> Other rematches: Gothenburg (4-4) at No. 9 Cozad (6-2), 7 p.m. (Cozad 42-7, Sept. 28); Central City (2-6) at No. 6 Kearney Catholic (8-0), 7 p.m. (KC 48-0, Sept. 21); Wayne (2-7) at No. 8 Fort Calhoun (7-1), 6 p.m. (FC 35-26, Sept. 21).
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>> Best game, West bracket: Thayer Central (5-3) vs. Hastings St. Cecilia (5-3), 6 p.m. at Duncan Field. St. Cecilia is coming off a 28-14 win on the Titans’ home field as it outrushed Thayer Central 345-154.
>> Best game, East bracket: Oakland-Craig (5-3) at Southern (6-2), 6 p.m. in Wymore. Southern has six wins for the first time since 1976 and is looking for its first playoff win. Oakland-Craig has a pair of one-point losses on its record.
>> Returning champion/No. 1 team: David City Aquinas (8-0) looks for its 21st consecutive win when it hosts Tekamah-Herman (3-5) at 7 p.m. The Monarchs’ starting defense hasn’t allowed a point in five weeks.
>> Immediate rematch: Ravenna (4-4) at No. 9 Doniphan-Trumbull (6-2), 7 p.m. D-T beat the Jays 40-14, scoring the first 40 points and racking up 516 yards. Jordan Slough ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns for the Cardinals.
>> Other rematches: Centennial (4-4) at Malcolm (6-2), 7 p.m. (Malcolm 34-20, Sept. 19); Hershey (4-4) at No. 7 Perkins County (7-1), 6 p.m. MT (PC 14-7, Sept. 14). Battle Creek (3-5) at No. 10 West Holt (6-2), 7 p.m. (WH 42-36, Sept. 28).
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>> Best game, West bracket: Overton (5-3) at Loup City (6-2), 7 p.m. The host Red Raiders are 0-4 all time in the playoffs and haven’t had a seven-win season since at least 1975. Overton was ranked until a three-game skid that included a 35-13 home loss to Loup City. The Eagles should be at full strength — they had some players suspended during the losing streak.
>> Best game, East bracket: No. 8 West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic (7-1) at McCool Junction (7-1), 7 p.m. It’s back-to-back seven-win seasons for McCool, but its last eight-win season was 1988. GACC has topped 70 points three times, but was shut out by Howells/Dodge.
>> Returning champion: No. 2 Elgin/Pope John (8-0) looks for its 21st consecutive win when it hosts Franklin (5-3) at 4 p.m. The Wolfpack have had only one game decided by less than two touchdowns, a 32-22 win against Creighton.
>> No. 1 team: Howells/Dodge (8-0) hosts Nebraska Christian (3-5) at 6 p.m. in Howells. The new Jaguars have beaten ranked foes High Plains and WPGACC by a combined 72-6.
>> Other rematches: Maxwell (3-5) at Paxton (6-2), 7 p.m. MT (Paxton 54-18, Sept. 21); Pawnee City (3-5) vs. BDS (7-1), 7 p.m. in Bruning (BDS 48-16, Sept. 7); Nebraska City Lourdes (5-3) vs. Freeman (7-1), 7 p.m. in Adams (Freeman 45-36, Sept. 21); Pender (3-5) at No. 4 Hartington (8-0), 7 p.m. (H 40-14, Oct. 5).
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>> Best game, West bracket: Potter-Dix (5-3) at No. 4 Medicine Valley (8-0), 5 p.m. Air alert for the home team: Potter-Dix’s Luke Johnson has thrown for 2,375 yards and 40 touchdowns.
>> Best game, East bracket: Osceola (5-3) at No. 8 Lindsay Holy Family (7-1), 7 p.m. Osceola has its first winning season since 2001. Holy Family’s only loss was to Humphrey St. Francis.
>> Returning champion: None. Sargent, the 2011 winner, merged with Loup County to form Twin Loup — which went 2-6 in Eight Man-1.
>> No. 1 team: Falls City Sacred Heart (8-0) hosts Diller-Odell (3-5), which it beat 52-0 Sept. 21, at 3:45 p.m. at Jug Brown Stadium. The Irish set a school scoring record with 80 points in last week’s win against Deshler.
>> Other rematches: Bancroft-Rosalie (3-5) at Wausa (7-1), 6 p.m. (W 56-22, Sept. 7).
— Stu Pospisil