Omaha Central quarterback Cameron Dorsey could be available to play in Friday’s Class A home quarterfinal against Omaha Creighton Prep.
Dorsey sustained a concussion in the Eagles’ 31-18 loss to Prep that ended the regular season and sat out their first-round win at Kearney.
“He passed the concussion test today,” Central coach Jay Ball said Monday night. “He’ll be able to suit up Friday night and we’ll see what happens. We anticipate Noah Gauff is still starting, but we’ll have Cameron ready.
Gauff is the third player to start at quarterback this season for the Eagles (6-4). He lost only an interception in the win at Kearney.
“He did everything we asked of him and he was just steady Eddie,” Ball said. “He made a couple key plays. We put the ball in the hands of Jack Davis, our offensive line and our fullback.”
Turnovers have been a bane for Ball’s team.
“In the games we’ve lost, we’ve just given up critical turnovers, particularly interceptions that just have killed us,” the coach said. “Against Prep, we threw two that they turned into 14 points.
“Against those guys, we have to control the ball. Their quarterback (Easton Stick), he’s outstanding. Our staff thinks he’s the best we’ve seen this year.”
The rematch is at 7 p.m. Friday at Central’s Seemann Stadium. This is the first time that three Omaha Public School teams won their first-round games to reach the quarterfinals — Burke and North are the others. In 1981, when Class A took only eight teams to the playoffs, OPS had Burke, Central and Northwest as quarterfinalists.
Giltner hits 90 back-to-back
Anselmo-Merna is the next stop for the Giltner Air Show.
The Hornets (9-0), who play the Coyotes (6-3) in a second-round game at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Merna, set Eight Man-2 playoff records with Kyle Hawthorne’s eight touchdowns, seven receiving touchdowns and 50 points — and Jake Findley’s seven passing touchdowns — in their 90-14 win over Hay Springs in the first round. The 90 points, which Giltner has scored in back-to-back games, are an all-class playoff record. In fact, no team in 11-man or eight-man had been in the 80s previously.
Hawthorne’s seven receiving touchdowns tied the all-class record for any game.
First win for Weeping Water
Weeping Water’s first playoff win in 11 tries gives the Indians a home game Wednesday night — against defending Class C-2 champion David City Aquinas.
The Indians shut out host Wakefield 19-0 in the first round. Leading rusher Colton Nissen ran for 112 yards to boost his season total to 1,069 yards.
Aquinas (9-0) won’t throw much, but Weeping Water (6-3) is apt to throw less. It averages four passes a game with quarterback Andrew Dehne (11 of 37).
Several more schools picked up their first playoff wins — Fort Calhoun, which had been 0-4 in the postseason; Hartington and Hershey (0-5 apiece), Lincoln Parkview (0-2) and Loup City (0-4).
Stifling defenses for Gretna, St. Cecilia
Gretna turned in one of the most dominating rushing-defense performances in a Class B playoff game, minus-38 yards, in the Dragons’ 62-14 first-round win over South Sioux City.
Gretna sacked Cardinals quarterback Scott Manley for 56 yards in losses on 13 carries. South Sioux’s other eight carries got 18 yards.
Hastings St. Cecilia held Thayer Central to 37 yards and four first downs in a 28-0 win. The teams were playing for the second time in as many games, with St. Cecilia winning the first game 28-14.
Christian-Lakeview a record maker
Two Class C-1 playoff records were tied and a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown set an all-class playoff mark in Lincoln Christian’s 45-39 win at Columbus Lakeview.
Logan Power had the fumble return for the Crusaders. In Lakeview’s rally, which stalled at the visitors’ 19-yard line with just over a minute left and Christian leading 39-32, Jack Shadley’s five touchdown passes and Nathan Thege’s three touchdown receptions tied C-1 playoff records.
The teams combined for 1,041 yards, 593 by Lakeview and 448 by Christian.
Class B quarterfinals have 7 p.m. kickoffs
All four Class B quarterfinals on Friday will kick off at 7 p.m.
Elkhorn’s game at York will be played at East Hill Park, which is east of the York business district on East Sixth Street.
Aurora’s game at Beatrice is at the new on-campus House of Orange stadium.
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