Nebraska high school football game capsules for Friday, Nov. 2, playoff matchups.
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No. 6 Omaha Burke (7-3) vs. No. 1 Millard North (10-0), 4:30 p.m. at Buell: It’s the sixth game between the schools in three years. Millard North swept the series in 2010, Burke returned the favor last year and the Mustangs have a leg up with their 45-10 win over Burke a month ago. That’s the only game Millard North quarterback Isaac Aakre has missed. He’s rushed for 1,744 yards and 23 touchdowns, with running back Conner Matthew going past the 1,000-yard mark last week. Logan Gier had a career game last week for Burke, rushing for 233 yards and three TDs against Omaha Westside. Burke senior Zach Cook, 2-1 as a starter against the Mustangs, has thrown for 1,310 yards and 12 touchdowns. Radio: 1420 AM KOTK.
No. 4 Millard West (7-3) vs. No. 3 Millard South (8-2), 8 p.m. at Buell: Injuries and illness could be taking their toll on the Patriots, who are trying to sweep Millard West after winning 19-0 in September. Millard South quarterback Anthony Cloyd is averaging 204 yards a game in total offense. Millard West has gotten better on offense since a 1-3 start, winning six straight, with juniors Ross Drwal and Skyler Monaghan being the Wildcats’ playmakers. Radio: 660 AM KCRO.
No. 2 Lincoln Southeast (9-1) vs. No. 6 Omaha North (8-2), 7 p.m. at Kinnick: It’s the first game between the schools since Southeast opened in 1955, and they seem evenly matched in every facet. Each has a 1,000-yard rusher (Devin Washington for Southeast, Calvin Strong for North) and a 1,000-yard passer (Najee Jackson for Southeast, Zach Martin for Omaha North). The edge Southeast has is in postseason experience — it’s the defending state champion and this is Jackson’s sixth playoff game to Martin’s two. Radio: 1240 AM KFOR, Lincoln.
No. 7 Omaha Creighton Prep (7-3) at Omaha Central (6-4), 7 p.m.: Prep is 3-0 against its rival in playoff games and owns a 31-18 win from their regular-season finale. Noah Gauff is expected to start at quarterback for Central, although Camerson Dorsey has been cleared to play after a concussion the first time against Prep, which could mean a heavy reliance on running back Jackie Davis rather than receiver Tra-Deon Hollins. Prep’s running game has made big strides from the start of the year, but the Junior Jays still need quarterback Easton Stick and receiver RJ Urzendowski to click again. Radio: none.
No. 6 Elkhorn (7-3) at No. 9 York (6-4), 7 p.m.: After going on a long road trip to stun undefeated Scottsbluff, the Dukes come home to host the defending Class B champions. That first-round win should have grabbed Elkhorn’s attention. Linden Kaliff has thrown for 1,456 yards and Eric Buller has rushed for 1,069 yards. The Antlers, primarily a running team, will try to wear down York by alternating backs Tanner Bailey and Jake Hasty. Radio: 104.9 FM KTMX, York.
No. 3 Omaha Gross (9-1) at No. 4 Omaha Skutt (9-1), 7 p.m.: The Cougars gave Skutt its only loss, 14-7 to end the regular season, as Skutt lost five turnovers. Expect another low-scoring game. Anthony Vigneri has breakaway speed for Gross and is averaging 92 yards a game, while Zach Johnk is a 69-percent passer. Skutt’s defense is giving up only 140 yards a game while its offense is by committee. Radio: KVSS stations (102.7 FM in Omaha).
No. 2 Gretna (9-1) at No. 5 Norris (8-2), 7 p.m.: Gretna has called on defense and a balanced rushing game while building a nine-game winning streak. Norris, which also plays good defense, has Class B’s rushing leader James Kruger (1,785 yards, 20 touchdowns) to go with the 1,100 yards from the combo of fullback Nick Davis and quarterback Jakson Reetz. The Titans haven’t been to the semifinals since winning the Class B title in 1979. Radio: 1480 AM KLMS, Lincoln.
No. 8 Aurora (8-2) at No. 1 Beatrice (10-0), 7 p.m.: While Aurora’s offense has had trouble scoring at times, its potential should give Class B’s last undefeated team cause for concern. Troy McDonald has thrown for 1,575 yards for Aurora, with Brock Reichardt rushing for 792. Dakota VanLaningham has topped 1,000 yards rushing for the Orangemen, with Zach Decker a dual-threat quarterback. Beatrice has the edge in special teams with Decker’s kicking. Radio: 1450 AM KWBE, Beatrice; 97.3 FM KRGY, Aurora.
— Stu Pospisil