A capsule preview of the Nebraska football playoff for Tuesday's quarterfinals as published in The World-Herald on Nov. 6.
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Gothenburg (6-4) vs. No. 2 Boone Central/Newman Grove (9-1), 3 p.m. at Albion: After giving up more than 17 points a game during the regular season, Gothenburg has shut out two playoff opponents. The Swedes may find the going rougher against the host Cardinals and quarterback Tanner Mazour. The senior has thrown for 1,102 yards and rushed for 782. Blake Slizoski leads their rushing corps with 880 yards and 17 touchdowns. Radio: KZEN (100.3 FM, Central City), KRVN (93.1 FM, Lexington).
No. 6 Kearney Catholic (10-0) at No. 1 Adams Central (10-0), 7 p.m.: These are the last two unbeatens in Class C-1. Adams Central is expecting senior running back/defensive back Jake Fowler to play after he missed his second game of the season because of injury. The Patriots barely escaped with a 12-6 win over Grand Island Central Catholic, which it defeated 36-6 two weeks earlier. Fowler and his backup, Buzz Niederklein, will go against a Stars defense that is giving up only 80 rushing yards a game. Radio: KXPN (1460 AM, Kearney), KICS (1550 AM, Hastings).
No. 8 Fort Calhoun (9-1) at No. 5 Norfolk Catholic (9-1), 6 p.m.: Undoubtedly, this is the biggest game in Fort Calhoun football history. The teams last met in 2009, a 48-20 Norfolk Catholic win. Pioneer coach Mike Huffman said Norfolk Catholic's consistency means he is somewhat familiar with what the Knights do. Fort Calhoun's Jordan Kann has thrown for 1,131 yards and rushed for 1,286, with James Rathjen adding 1,147 on the ground. Their defense will have to tighten up after last week's 42-35 win over Ashland-Greenwood because of a Norfolk Catholic attack with Jordan Bellar (1,424 yards passing, 17 touchdowns) and Jackson Love (890 yards rushing, 15 touchdowns). Bellar can also change field position with his 44-yard punting average. Radio: KQKX (106.7 FM, Norfolk).
No. 4 Pierce (9-1) at No. 3 Wahoo (9-1), 5 p.m.: There's the potential for plenty of offensive fireworks between teams that average six touchdowns a game. Quarterback Jon Abbott kept Wahoo afloat last week while 19 teammates were sitting out the first half for disciplinary reasons, bringing the Warriors back from a 28-0 deficit to beat Lincoln Christian. Tyler Kavan ran for 245 yards in the second half, pushing his season total to 2,048. Nathan Meier has rushed for 1,326 yards and Trent Spieker 688 for Pierce. Lane Rohrich quarterbacks the Jays. Radio: KEXL (97.5 FM, Norfolk).
Hershey (6-4) at No. 4 Sutton (10-0), 5 p.m.: Hershey is the west bracket's surprise team, beating No. 6 Blue Hill 34-20 in the second round after an opening win over then-ranked Perkins County. Gaige Marshall has rushed for 695 yards and Colton Marshall has thrown for 789. Sutton's passer, Cole Wiseman, is averaging more than 25 yards a completion, throwing for 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns. Radio: KXNP (103.5 FM, North Platte).
No. 3 North Platte St. Patrick (10-0) at No. 8 Doniphan-Trumbull (8-2), 6 p.m.: After stopping West Holt's Josh Coyle cold in a 32-6 win, St. Patrick faces another of Class C-2's best rushers in Jordan Slough. He's rushed for 1,912 yards and 26 touchdowns on an offense that has seen Riley Wiltfong throw for 2,149 yards and 28 touchdowns against only three interceptions. Sean Keenan quarterbacks the Irish. Radio: KZTL (93.5 FM, North Platte), KLIQ (94.5 FM, Hastings).
No. 7 Fremont Bergan (8-2) at No. 1 David City Aquinas (10-0), 6:30 p.m.: Three of Aquinas' 22 consecutive victories have been against Bergan, including a 19-7 decision in early September. Bergan hasn't lost again behind the play of Ryan Batenhorst at quarterback. The Aquinas defense has given up 47 points in 10 games and its Wing-T offense put up 55 points in the first half last game against Weeping Water. The 19 points against the Knights are the season low for the Monarchs. Radio: KFMT (105.5 FM, Fremont), KLIR (101.1 FM, Columbus).
Ponca (6-4) at No. 2 Norfolk Lutheran Northeast (10-0), 2 p.m.: Ponca has played the Eagles closer than anyone, losing 28-26 on Oct. 12 after leading by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, so this matchup shouldn't be chalked up as a blowout. Both teams are run-oriented with quarterbacks Aaron Carlson of Ponca and Kenny Blank of the Eagles. Radio: KNEN (94.7 FM, Norfolk).
Elm Creek (9-1) at No. 9 Arapahoe (10-0), 6:30 p.m.: A rematch of a Sept. 21 game that Arapahoe won 36-20. The Buffaloes, who haven't lost since that day, upset No. 3 Burwell 42-40 in the second round. Zac Crowley (834 yards, 20 touchdowns) leads a balanced running game. Arapahoe quarterback Caden Weverka, who made it to 1,000 yards rushing on the season in a 16-0 win over Maxwell, also has thrown for almost 700 yards. Radio: KRVN (880 AM, Lexington).
Loup City (8-2) at No. 2 Elgin/Pope John (10-0), 7 p.m.: This is new territory for Loup City, which was 0-4 in playoff games before beating Overton and Hemingford. The Red Raiders have eight wins for the first time since 1965. Reilly Lambrecht has more than 600 yards in three starts at running back after converting from receiver. Austin Bochart needs to run for 11 yards to get to 1,000 this season and has thrown for 763 yards and 11 touchdowns. The host Wolfpack, last year's state champions, have a run-pass quarterback in Ross Schindler. He averages more than 10 yards a carry while leading the team with 916 yards. Radio: KBRX (102.9 FM, O'Neill), KBBN (95.3 FM, Broken Bow).
BDS (9-1) vs. No. 1 Howells-Dodge (10-0), 6 p.m. at Howells: Eagles quarterback Ryan Tegtmeier is one of the best athletes in Class D-1 and has kicked a 44-yard field goal this season. The Eagles may not have seen a defense like that of the host Jaguars. Casey Wisnieski has six pickoffs and Iowa recruit Nathan Bazata has eight sacks. Mat Gooch leads the Jags in rushing with 1,176 yards and 23 touchdowns. Wisnieski is an effective passer when the need arises. Radio: KUTT (99.5 FM, Fairbury), KTIC (107.9 FM, West Point).
No. 6 High Plains (9-1) vs. No. 7 Exeter-Milligan (10-0), 6 p.m. at Milligan: High Plains runs it offense through Tanner Fate, who has 1,129 yards passing and 1,255 yards rushing. Logan Fleming has 819 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 12 yards a carry. James Sluka shifted from running back to quarterback for Exeter-Milligan when Nolan White was hurt at the end of the regular season. Sluka ran for 170 yards and four touchdowns last week against Nebraska City Lourdes. Radio: KZEN (100.3 FM, Central City), KTMX (104.9 FM, York).
No. 4 Medicine Valley (10-0) at No. 3 Giltner (10-0), 3 p.m.: Jake Findley will give the Medicine Valley secondary a workout. He's thrown for 50 touchdowns — and no interceptions — and is averaging 286.2 yards a game for a team that averages 65 points a game. Leading receiver Kyle Hawthorne has 60 catches for 1,097 yards and 19 touchdowns. Medicine Valley's Riley Garey has thrown for 24 touchdowns, also with zero interceptions. Radio: KQHK (103.9 FM, McCook), KLIQ (94.5 FM, Hastings).
No. 6 Shelton (9-1) at No. 7 Bertrand (10-0), 6 p.m.: Shelton averages 60 points a game and Bertrand 58 after the Vikings exploded for the final 36 points in an 82-45 win over Kenesaw last week. Cousins Ryan and Tyler Dahlgren have combined for 2,623 yards rushing for the Vikings. Luke Glenn's 1,288 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns lead Shelton. Radio: KKPR (98.9 FM, Kearney), KUVR (1380 AM, Holdrege).
No. 10 Sterling (8-2) at No. 2 Humphrey St. Francis (10-0), 5 p.m.: Strong as usual on defense, St. Francis is allowing only 7.8 points and 163 yards a game. John Oltmer leads a run-heavy offense with 1,170 yards and 24 touchdowns. Sterling quarterback Chris Wenzl, a 1,000-yard rusher, accounted for five touchdowns last week against Wausa. Radio: KKOT (93.5 FM, Columbus).
No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart (10-0) at No. 8 Lindsay Holy Family (9-1), 3 p.m.: Sacred Heart has won its playoff games by a combined score of 112-0. On offense, it's Lane Barnhill at running back and Lane Scheitel at quarterback who power the Irish. Holy Family, which has lost only to St. Francis (36-6), ran for 416 yards in pulling away from Fullerton last week. Radio: KLZA (101.3 FM, Falls City), KLIR (101.1 FM, Columbus).
— Stu Pospisil