Game capsules for Friday's Nebraska high school football playoff matchups.
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>> No. 3 Millard South (9-2) vs. No. 1 Millard North (11-0), 7 p.m. at Buell: Back on a rainy August night, a safety — the punter’s knee touching the Buell Stadium turf as he fielded a low snap — was the difference in a 12-10 Millard North win. Millard South knows what the Mustangs will do — run it with quarterback Isaac Aakre, who’s closing in on 2,000 yards this season, and 1,000-yarder Conner Matthew. But Aakre is more willing and confident to make the downfield pitch to trailing backs Clay Fisher and Steven Price. Millard South must throw effectively against a Millard North secondary that at times has been generous, but quarterback Anthony Cloyd is coming off his worst statistical night of the season in the quarterfinal win over Millard West. Radio: 1420 AM KOTK.
>> No. 6 Omaha North (9-2) vs. No. 7 Omaha Creighton Prep (8-3), 7 p.m. at Burke: After turnaround seasons for both teams, one is going to make it to Memorial Stadium for the finals. North, 3-6 last year, is looking for its first 10-win season and first finals appearance after scoring in the final five seconds to eliminate defending champion Lincoln Southeast. It can run with sophomore Calvin Strong and throw with senior leader, and the coach’s son, Zach Martin. Prep, which was 3-7 in 2011 and hasn’t been in a final since 2004, is getting better with its running game and has a dangerous run-catch tandem of juniors Easton Stick and his receiver, RJ Urzendowski. Radio: KVSS stations (102.7 FM in Omaha).
>> No. 6 Elkhorn (8-3) at No. 3 Omaha Gross (10-1), 7 p.m. at Bryan: It’s been a decade (Ralston, 2002) since a team with three losses reached the Class B finals. That’s the situation for the defending state champion Antlers, who were more physical than Gross in a 31-16 win on Aug. 31. The Cougars are eager to atone for that poor showing up front. Anthony Vigneri leads Gross rushers with 999 yards. Zach Johnk, son of Cougar coach Tim Johnk, has thrown for 1,043 yards. Elkhorn rushers Tanner Bailey and Jake Hasty have combined for 1,655 yards. Radio: none.
>> No. 5 Norris (9-2) at No. 8 Aurora (9-2), 7 p.m.: Aurora is somewhat familiar with the Titans, winning 40-31 in the 2011 season opener. The Huskies still have to stop James Kruger, Class B’s rushing leader with 1,955 yards and 22 touchdowns. To get to their first state final since winning Class B in 1979, the Titans will have to stop an Aurora offense that recently has become more run-heavy and physical. Luke Standage could be starting for the Huskies at quarterback if Troy McDonald isn’t ready to go after a leg injury in a quarterfinal win over No. 1 Beatrice. Radio: 1480 AM KLMS, Lincoln; 97.3 FM KRGY, Aurora.
>> No. 1 Wauneta-Palisade (10-0) vs. No. 3 Sioux County (9-1), 7 p.m. at Foster Field, Kearney: When they met in the regular season, Sioux County had a 22-8 lead in the second half only to lose back-to-back turnovers that fueled a Bronco rally for a 39-28 win. Wauneta-Palisade is in six-man for the first time. Connor Kayton has rushed for 1,354 yards and 25 touchdowns, Jack McGraw for 951 yards and 21 touchdowns. Jonny Dunn leads Sioux County with 1,784 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. Radio: KQHK 103.9 FM McCook; KSWN 93.9 FM McCook; KBPY 107.9 FM Chadron.
— Stu Pospisil