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Everything you need to know about the first round of the Eight Man playoffs
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Everything you need to know about the first round of the Eight Man playoffs

Mike Sautter and Jake Anderson take an in-depth look at the Nebraska high school Class A football playoff bracket, including seedings, best play-in matchups, title favorites, which lower-seeded team could pull off an upset and much more.

Stu Pospisil has compiled everything you need to know about about the first round of the Eight Man playoffs. 

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North Central (4-4) at Burwell (8-0), 7: Burwell won 70-26 Sept. 25.

Arcadia-Loup City (5-3) at Amherst (5-3), 7: ALC won 32-7 Sept. 18.

Hemingford (6-2) at Nebraska Christian (4-2), 1:30 at Central City: Teams’ first meeting.

Hitchcock County (6-2) at Elm Creek (7-1), 7: Hitchcock County is 0-4 in playoff games.

Elkhorn Valley (5-3) at Neligh-Oakdale (7-1), 7: Schools 13 miles apart didn’t meet during the regular season.

Southern Valley (5-3) at Hi-Line (4-3), 7 at Elwood: Southern Valley has two four-point losses.

Cambridge (3-3) at Sutherland (5-3), 7: Cambridge won 36-8 Aug. 28.

Anselmo-Merna (4-4) at Dundy County-Stratton (7-0), 4 MT: No. 1 Tigers average 59 points a game.

Tri County def. Southern, COVID forfeit: First playoff game to be canceled.

Nebraska City Lourdes (5-2) at Humphrey/LHF (5-2), 3:30: HLHF played six-man the past two seasons.

Freeman (5-2) at Weeping Water (6-1), 7: Weeping Water won 40-8 Aug. 28.

Elmwood-Murdock (5-3) at Norfolk Lutheran (7-1), 7: Third first-round meeting in 11 years, series tied 1-1.

EMF (4-3) at Stanton (6-1), 6: Host Mustangs, Class C-2 last season, last won a playoff game in 2008.

Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (5-3) at Thayer Central (6-2), 2: Both are coming off losses.

Howells-Dodge (6-2) at West Point GACC (4-4), 7 at Beemer: Visitors won 36-16 two weeks ago.

Clarkson/Leigh (4-4) at Cross County (8-0), 7 at Stromsburg: Clarkson/Leigh bit bad by injuries.

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Blue Hill (2-6) at Central Valley (6-0), 7 at Wolbach: Central Valley just knocked off defending champion Humphrey St. Francis.

Medicine Valley (7-1) at Garden County (6-2), 6 MT: Second first-round meeting in three years.

Leyton (5-3) at Loomis (7-1), 4: First playoff appearance for Leyton since 2015.

Palmer (3-5) at Kenesaw (6-1), 7: An immediate rematch — Kenesaw won 61-18 last week.

Sandhills Valley (4-4) at O’Neill St. Mary’s (8-0), 4: First winning season for St. Mary’s since 2016.

Mullen (6-2) at Pleasanton (7-1), 6: Last meeting was 30 years ago (Mullen 28-27).

Ansley-Litchfield (5-3) at Riverside (3-3), 7 at Cedar Rapids: Riverside was idle last week.

Axtell (3-5) at Sandhills/Thedford (8-0), 5 at Dunning: Hosts blasted Pleasanton 77-24 last week.

Fullerton (2-4) at Falls City Sacred Heart (6-1), 5: Teams meet for the first time.

Creighton (6-2) at Osmond (5-2), 6: Schools are 24 miles apart and didn’t play during the season.

Niobrara/Verdigre (2-4) at Humphrey St. Francis (7-1), 7: St. Francis has been in the playoffs every year since 1995.

Johnson-Brock (3-5) at Allen (6-0), 6: First undefeated regular season for Allen since 2007.

Winside (5-3) at Wynot (5-1), 6: An immediate rematch — Wynot won 46-20 last week.

Pender (5-3) at Osceola (7-0), 6: Osceola is averaging 76 points a game.

Mead (4-4) at Bloomfield (4-3), 6: Mead is on a four-game winning streak.

Elgin/Pope John (3-5) at BDS (7-0), 5 at Bruning: Elgin/Pope John is on a four-game losing streak.


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Stu is The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports and for golf. Follow him on Twitter @stuOWH. Email stu.pospisil@owh.com

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