Millard North and Bellevue West just made the Class A postseason a free-for-all.
When Bellevue West followed up Millard North’s win Thursday night over previously undefeated Omaha Westside with its win Friday over previously undefeated Omaha North, Class A was left with no undefeated teams heading into the start of the playoffs for only the second time in 15 years.
Those results, along with Papillion-La Vista’s win against Omaha Burke, stir up this week’s Top 10.
Millard West (7-1) is back to No. 1, pulling Omaha Creighton Prep (6-2) up to No. 2. West, which was No. 1 when it lost to Burke 23-21, is on a five-game winning streak that includes a 24-21 win against the Junior Jays on Oct. 10.
The Mustangs (4-4), who rallied to beat Westside 42-35, continue their return up the ratings to third. Preseason No. 1 Millard North again this year will have played the most playoff-bound teams in the regular season. Eight for sure, and it could be all nine if Millard South upsets Papio and grabs an at-large berth.
Bellevue West (6-2) vaults from seventh to fourth for its 35-30 win against the Vikings. The Thunderbirds held on after taking a 35-10 lead in the third quarter.
North (7-1) skids from first to fifth and must regroup quickly with Millard North coming Friday night to Kinnick Stadium. Westside (7-1), falling from second to sixth, visits Papio South on Friday for the District 3 title.
Papillion-La Vista rises from 10th to seventh and Burke drops from fifth to eighth after the Monarchs’ 28-20 win. The shuffling causes Omaha Central and Grand Island to drop one notch each, despite winning last week.
Playoff outlook for Class A:
» District 1: Millard West is district champion. Both Prep and Central have qualified, one as the runner-up by winning their matchup Friday night, the other as a wild-card team. Bellevue East is in wild-card contention.
» District 2: The Omaha North-Millard North winner is district champion. There will be a three-way tie for runner-up among the North-Millard North loser, Papillion-La Vista and the Bellevue West-Omaha Burke winner. The tiebreaker doesn’t matter — all five teams are going to state.
» District 3: The winner of the Omaha Westside-Papio South game is district champion and the loser the runner-up. Millard South is in wild-card contention.
» District 4: Grand Island is district champion and Kearney is the runner-up. Lincoln North Star is in wild-card contention.
» District 5: The Lincoln Southwest-Lincoln East winner is district champion and the loser the runner-up. Lincoln Southeast, Norfolk and Lincoln Northeast are in wild-card contention.
With 14 playoff spots projected to be clinched, only two wild-card berths are to be decided this week. Southeast and Bellevue East clinch those with wins. Norfolk, Millard South, Northeast and North Star need to win and get help from other teams.
Class B playoff outlook
» Teams qualified: Gretna (District 3 winner), Norris (District 5 winner), Ralston, Aurora, Omaha Skutt, McCook.
» Teams qualifying with wins: Omaha Gross, Elkhorn South, Beatrice-Crete winner, Plattsmouth (as District 2 winner), Blair-Bennington winner (District 4 berth), York (as District 6 winner), Scottsbluff-Sidney winner (District 8 berth).
» Also in contention: Alliance, Bennington-Blair loser, Crete, Elkhorn, Holdrege, Lexington, Omaha Roncalli, Plattsmouth, Scottsbluff-Sidney loser, South Sioux City, Waverly.
» Ratings notes: Preseason No. 1 Norris returns at No. 10 with a 10-6 win over Crete that bounces the previously No. 5 Cardinals from the ratings. Elkhorn gave Gretna its best test of the season, falling 17-10, and advances from 10th to eighth.
Class C-1 playoff outlook
» District champions: Arlington, Syracuse, Pierce, Boone Central/Newman Grove, Adams Central, Broken Bow, Cozad, Chadron.
» District champions with wins: Wahoo, Wilber-Clatonia.
» Ratings notes: Pierce’s 22-21 win against then-No. 2 Norfolk Catholic, top-ranked Boone Central/Newman Grove’s 48-21 win over then-No. 3 Columbus Lakeview and Syracuse’s 42-21 win against then-No. 4 Lincoln Christian shake up the ratings. Cozad, Syracuse and Kearney Catholic are now the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 teams. Pierce returns at No. 9, and No. 10 Adams Central is ranked for the first time since dropping its season opener to Cozad.
Class C-2 playoff outlook
» District champions: Omaha Brownell-Talbot, Palmyra, Fremont Bergan, Doniphan-Trumbull, Blue Hill, Bridgeport.
» District champions with wins: Ponca-Wakefield winner, David City Aquinas, Norfolk Lutheran-Battle Creek winner, Hershey-North Platte St. Patrick’s winner.
» Ratings notes: Now-No. 8 Hastings St. Cecilia drops only one notch for a 14-3 loss to No. 1 Doniphan-Trumbull. Hershey and Brownell-Talbot remain unranked despite undefeated starts and district titles.
Eight Man-1 playoff outlook
» District champions: Exeter-Milligan, Howells-Dodge, Randolph, BDS, Creighton, Burwell, Overton.
» District champions with wins: High Plains-Nebraska Christian winner, Twin Loup, Hemingford.
» Ratings notes: Randolph returns at No. 9 and No. 10 Hemingford gets its first ratings call after top-ranked Exeter-Milligan blew out then-No. 9 Friend and BDS handed then-No. 10 Heartland its first loss.
Eight Man-2 playoff outlook
» District champions: Falls City Sacred Heart, Humphrey St. Francis, Amherst, Giltner, Loomis, Medicine Valley.
» District champions with wins: Nebraska Lutheran-Lincoln Parkview winner, Wynot, Garden County, Hay Springs.
» Ratings notes: Stuart, which has lost only to No. 3 Wynot, comes in at No. 10. Then-No. 5 Wallace drops out after losing to now-No. 7 Medicine Valley 42-36.
Six Man playoff outlook
» Projected field: Sioux County, Silver Lake, Cody-Kilgore, Arcadia, Hyannis, Elkhorn Valley, Arthur County, Minatare or Walthill.