RJ Urzendowski’s reign as Class A’s career receiving leader didn’t last long.
Bellevue West’s CJ Johnson has topped the 2,592 yards set last year by Urzendowski, the All-Nebraska player from Omaha Creighton Prep who scored his first college touchdown Saturday for North Dakota State. Johnson needs six catches to break Urzendowski’s Class A career record of 156.
Johnson’s year-by-year tally: Freshman, eight catches for 175 yards; sophomore, 45 for 795; junior, 79 for 1,364; senior (three games), 19 for 347. His career totals are 151 catches for 2,681 yards.
Top 10 No. 2 Bellevue West meets No. 1 Omaha North at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kinnick Stadium. The game will be telecast on KXVO (Channel 15) and streamed live at NEPrepZone.com
Ralston fixes drenched field
Ralston had Speck Nelson Stadium ready to go Friday night after heavy rain last week created an air bubble in the artificial turf.
The school had some flooding and debris on the field after last Tuesday’s downpour. It put pressure on the sides of the surface, causing the bubble. The grounds crew rolled out the turf and added more rubber after getting some advice on how to treat the bubble.
“We have not had this happen before but were relieved when the field eventually relaxed with some of the extra work,’’ Athletic Director Mike Smith said.
Ralston hosted Lincoln Pius X, winning 14-10 after starting the year 0-2.
Titans take down city rival
Papillion-La Vista South’s 49-7 win over Papillion-La Vista, the second straight in the series for the No. 6 Titans (2-1), included four touchdowns by Triston Fairchild and two by Luke Sellers.
Papillion-LV South (2-1) .............................. 7 20 22 0—49
Papillion-LV (0-3) ....................................... 0 0 0 7— 7
PS: Luke Sellers 19 run (Josh Weinand kick)
PS: Sellers 45 run (kick failed)
PS: Triston Fairchild 19 run (Weinand kick)
PS: Fairchild 5 run (Fairchild run)
PS: Fairchild 80 run (Fairchild run)
PS: Fairchild 39 punt return (Weinand kick)
PS: Malique Hovaldt 3 run (Weinand kick)
PLV: Cal Mathison 12 pass from Jack Kalina (Gage Romans kick)
BDS has second-half blast
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley’s 82-36 win over visiting Giltner was a shocker — because the teams ended the first half in a 36-36 tie.
BDS, playing in Shickley, scored 38 points in the third quarter on Eight Man-2’s then-No. 3 team. The game swung to the Eagles after Riley Tegtmeier opened the half with a 43-yard touchdown run and Grant Norder followed with a 52-yard interception for a score in the first 2½ minutes.
Tegtmeier added scoring runs of 8, 45 and 22 yards to get the game into running-clock mode at 74-36.
“We didn’t expect the second half to turn out like that,” BDS co-coach Mark Rotter said. “I don’t really have an answer. We were able to run the ball and once we got that two-score lead we were able to wear them down a little bit.”
Norder ran for 179 yards and passed for 183. Ben Hinrichs threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, but only 22 yards after halftime.
Defense and doughnuts
Norfolk (3-0) nearly notched its first shutout since the 2009 season opener, turning back Lincoln Southeast 10-3 at home. Southeast went 0 for 5 inside Panther territory in the first half, including two red-zone interceptions.
Chace Hutchison scored the game’s only touchdown — on Norfolk’s first possession. The Panthers’ only two-way player, he ran for a game-high 110 yards and tied for the team lead with 8½ tackles.
“My offensive line makes it really easy when they get that good five-yard push downfield,” Hutchison told the Norfolk Daily News. “(It’s) going to be getting doughnuts tomorrow for a reward.”
Around the state
Nick Arlt broke Oakland-Craig’s career rushing record Friday. He ran for 244 yards against Tekamah-Herman, including runs of 35 and 98 yards, to push his total to 3,725.
York and Schuyler combined for four return touchdowns in the Dukes’ 55-13 win. York had kickoff returns of 89 yards by Evan Ronne and by J.J. Schulz and a 52-yard punt return by Schulz. Schuyler got in the act with a 90-yard kickoff return by Neff Mejia, which Schulz answered with his 89-yarder. Schulz had 204 return yards and also caught a touchdown pass for the Dukes (2-1).
Omaha Burke graduates Jimmie Forsythe and Trey Carr each had interceptions Saturday for South Dakota State (2-1) in the Jackrabbits’ 26-6 win at Southern Utah. Carr, a true freshman, also had a defensive PAT, worth two points, on an interception.
Three college freshmen who graduated last year from Millard West are making strides at their schools. Skyler Monaghan is a Northern Illinois walk-on who made the Huskies’ travel roster for their game last Saturday at UNLV. Ross Drwal has looked good at wide receiver for Yale, the New Haven (Connecticut) Register reported on its blog. Harrison Phillips is on the Stanford scout team, where he was co-defensive player of the week earlier this month.
At Ohio, Derrius Vick from Lincoln Southeast has been the Bobcats’ starting quarterback in their 1-2 start. Devin Bass, from Millard North, is a regular in their secondary. Casey Sayles, from Omaha North, was in on six tackles and had a half-sack last week in a loss to Marshall.