>> Best game, West bracket: No. 10 Grand Island Central Catholic (7-2) at No. 1 Adams Central (9-0), 7 p.m. In this rematch of a game Adams Central won 36-6 in mid-October, how much ground can the Crusaders make up on the undefeated Patriots? Jake Fowler has rushed for 1,509 yards and 21 touchdowns in eight games for Adams Central.
>> Best game, East bracket: No. 7 Wilber-Clatonia (8-1) at No. 4 Pierce (8-1), 5 p.m. The visiting Wolverines have handled their move from C-2 better than expected, losing only to Adams Central. Both teams are on seven-game winning streaks. Pierce ended Norfolk Catholic’s 32-game winning streak in a 20-19 thriller Oct. 12.
>> Returning champion: No. 5 Norfolk Catholic (8-1) visits No. 9 Boys Town (6-3) for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. Boys Town went to overtime in Falls City in the first round for a 28-22 win.
>> Other rematches: Ashland-Greenwood (7-2) at No. 8 Fort Calhoun (8-1), 7 p.m. (FC 46-12, Sept. 14).
>> Best game I, West bracket: No. 8 Doniphan-Trumbull (7-2) at No. 5 Crofton (8-1), 5 p.m. The host Warriors have shut out three opponents in a row and have four goose eggs for the season. Ready to test them is Doniphan-Trumbull rusher Jordan Slough, who ran for 192 yards and three scores against Ravenna to boost his season totals to 1,744 yards (194 a game) and 23 touchdowns.
>> Best game II, West bracket: No. 9 West Holt (7-2) at No. 3 North Platte St. Patrick’s (9-0), 3 p.m. West Holt junior running back Josh Coyle is a breakaway threat, but the yards have been hard to come by the past two games — 11 yards on 15 carries in a shutout loss at Crofton and 106 yards on 33 carries in a first-round win against Battle Creek. St. Patrick’s has shut out five of nine opponents.
>> Best game, East bracket: Ponca (5-4) at Hartington Cedar Catholic (5-4), 6:30 p.m. Ponca beat the Trojans 39-24 Sept. 24. Cedar’s other three losses have been to teams still in the playoffs.
>> Returning champion/No. 1 team: David City Aquinas (9-0) looks for its 22nd consecutive win when it visits Weeping Water (6-3) at 7 p.m. The Monarchs’ starting defense hasn’t allowed a point in six weeks. Weeping Water’s six wins are its most since 1998.
>> Other rematches: No. 10 Hastings St. Cecilia (6-3) at No. 4 Sutton (9-0), 6 p.m. (S 14-6, Sept. 28).
>> Best game, West bracket: Loup City (7-2) at No. 10 Hemingford (9-0), 1:30 MT. These are teams trying to make a rare foray into the quarterfinals. Loup City is coming off its first playoff win. Hemingford, which has won nine games for the first time, last was in the quarterfinals in 1998. Loup City bolstered its running game by shifting Class D triple-jump champion Reilly Lambrecht from wide receiver. He’s rushed for 599 yards in the Red Raiders’ past two games. Ethan Skinner is a 1,000-yard rusher and Matthew Wood a 1,000-yard passer for the host Bobcats.
>> Best game, East bracket: No. 6 High Plains (8-1) at No. 4 Hartington (9-0), 3 p.m. The first game of a Halloween doubleheader in Hartington. Senior quarterback Tanner Fate has rushed for 1,071 yards and 21 touchdowns for High Plains and passed for 985 yards and 18 scores. Leaders of Hartington’s first nine-win season include running back Nick Miller and linebacker Reece Pedersen.
>> Returning champion: No. 2 Elgin/Pope John (9-0) looks for its 22nd consecutive win when it visits O’Neill St. Mary’s (6-3) at 6 p.m.
>> No. 1 team: Howells/Dodge (9-0) visits No. 8 West Point Guardian Angels (7-1) at 7 p.m. in Beemer City Park. Guardian Angels lost 36-0 on the road to the Jaguars on Oct. 5.
>> Other rematches: No. 9 Arapahoe (9-0) at Maxwell (4-5), 6 p.m. (A 52-14, Aug. 31); No. 7 Exeter-Milligan (9-0) at Nebraska City Lourdes (6-3), 6 p.m. (EM 32-10, Sept. 28).
>> Best game, West bracket: No. 7 Bertrand (9-0) at No. 5 Kenesaw (8-1), 6 p.m. Kenesaw’s 1-2 offensive punch is brothers Tyler and Preston Schnitzler. Preston is 54 yards from joining Tyler, the Blue Devils’ quarterback, as a 1,000-yard rusher. Bertrand has a brother act, too, with seniors Ryan and Tyler Dahlgren. Ryan has 1,407 yards and Tyler 829 on the ground.
>> Best game, East bracket: Wausa (8-1) at No. 10 Sterling (7-2), 5 p.m. Wausa has its most wins since 1968. Quarterback Marcus Claussen has rushed for 1,391 yards, thrown for 1,239 and produced 41 touchdowns. Sterling junior Chris Wenzl ran for two touchdowns, caught two TD passes and threw for three scores in a 54-36 opening-round win against Wynot.
>> No. 1 team: Falls City Sacred Heart (9-0) hosts Lincoln Parkview (7-2) at 6 p.m. at Jug Brown Stadium. Parkview has the momentum of its first playoff win, 40-26 at home over Humphrey.
>> Rematch: No. 8 Lindsay Holy Family (8-1) at Fullerton (5-4), 6 p.m. (HF 22-14, Aug. 24).
— Stu Pospisil