Nebraska high school football capsules for Friday's postseason matchups.
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>> Norfolk (4-5) vs. No. 1 Millard North (9-0), 1 p.m. at Buell: Norfolk will be hard-pressed to stop Isaac Aakre, Conner Matthew and the Mustangs’ running game. Panthers quarterback Taylor Reedy has thrown for 1,997 yards and 15 touchdowns.
>> No. 5 Omaha Westside (7-2) at No. 7 Omaha Burke (6-3), 7 p.m.: Old rivals meet for the first time this season. Westside’s Lane Yates has rushed for 1,482 yards and 17 touchdowns. Burke’s Trey Carr is a playmaker on both sides of the ball and is the primary target for senior quarterback Zach Cook.
>> Lincoln Pius X (5-4) vs. No. 6 Millard West (6-3), 8 p.m. at Buell: First meeting in football for these schools. Pius X is in the playoffs in its first year in Class A since 1993. It played Lincoln Southeast close last week in a 21-6 loss. Millard West is on a five-game winning streak.
>> Papillion-La Vista (5-4) vs. No. 4 Millard South (7-2), 4:30 p.m. at Buell: Given how porous the Monarchs’ defense has been in a four-game losing streak, Papio is going to have to outscore the Patriots after losing to them 30-27 last week. Half of Alec Ditoro’s 34 touchdown passes have gone to Spencer Lewis, with another nine to Bryce Sheard. Anthony Cloyd, a junior quarterback, leads a balanced Patriots offense.
>> Bellevue West (4-5) vs. No. 2 Lincoln Southeast (8-1), 4:30 at Seacrest: Southeast is getting healthier on offense and its defense has allowed 29 points in the past four games. Aaron Seals is throwing for 208 yards a game for West, with Clester Johnson Jr. and Brad Brazeal as his top receivers.
>> No. 8 Omaha North (7-2) vs. No. 9 Lincoln Southwest (6-3), 1 p.m. at Seacrest: The Vikings beat Southwest 24-20 in a afternoon game on Sept. 14. Calvin Strong has become a force in the North backfield as a sophomore, rushing for 1,180 yards and 14 touchdowns. NU recruit Josh Banderas, the Silver Hawks’ top rusher and tackler, had a 97-yard interception return last week against Lincoln East. Other FBS recruits playing are North’s Casey Sayles (Ohio), a two-way lineman, and Southwest’s Christian LaCouture (NU), who’s been moved from defensive end to tackle.
>> No. 10 Lincoln North Star (7-2) vs. Omaha Creighton Prep (6-3) at Kinnick: Austin Rose of North Star is Class A’s No. 3 rusher with 144 yards a game and 20 touchdowns. R.J. Urzendowski has caught 12 of Easton Stick’s 13 touchdown passes for Prep.
>> Omaha Central (5-4) at No. 3 Kearney (8-1), 7 p.m.: Kearney’s Luke McNitt is one of Class A’s top run-pass quarterbacks, averaging more than 200 yards a game. Central’s Cameron Dorsey didn’t play in the second half last week in a loss to Creighton Prep after suffering a possible concussion. That could put the Eagles’ load on senior running back Jackie Davis (1,121 yards, 11 touchdowns).
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>> York (5-4) at No. 2 Scottsbluff (9-0), 7 p.m.: Matt Klein has rushed for 151 yards a game for the undefeated Bearcats, scoring 18 touchdowns on the ground. York got into the playoff field as the No. 16 seed after a win over Grand Island Northwest and a loss to Aurora.
>> Blair (5-4) at No. 9 Elkhorn (6-3), 7 p.m.: First meeting of the season for these old rivals. Blair has won four straight after a 1-4 start. Gage Ryan is a 1,000-yard rusher for the Bears. Elkhorn will split carries between Tanner Bailey and Jake Hasty.
>> No. 8 Ralston (6-3) at No. 6 Omaha Skutt (8-1), 7 p.m.: Skutt beat the Rams 27-22 on the road during district play. The SkyHawks lost five turnovers last week to Omaha Gross in a 14-7 loss that ended an eight-game winning streak.
>> Plattsmouth (5-4) vs. No. 5 Omaha Gross (8-1), 7 p.m. at Bryan: Gross has won seven straight with a steadily improving defense. Plattsmouth’s Brandon Pick has rushed for 1,210 yards.
>> South Sioux City (6-3) at No. 3 Gretna (8-1), 7 p.m.: South Sioux’s passing game, with Scott Manley throwing for 232 yards a game and Nate Rogers leading Class B with 51 catches, 1,036 yards and 16 touchdowns, will pose a threat to the Dragons if its line can buy some time for the quarterback. Gretna will rely on a ball-control attack.
>> No. 7 Norris (7-2) at No. 4 McCook (7-2), 6 p.m.: McCook has won seven straight after an 0-2 start. Jake Schlager leads a Bison defense that will face James Kruger, Class B’s leading rusher with 171 yards a game for Norris.
>> Elkhorn South (5-4) at No. 1 Beatrice (9-0), 7 p.m.: It took a field goal by quarterback Zach Decker for the Orangemen to defeat Elkhorn South 10-7 in the season opener. The Storm need another low-scoring game to pull off the upset.
>> Grand Island Northwest (6-3) at No. 10 Aurora (7-2), 7 p.m.: No one expects Northwest to win 54-0 again. How will the Huskies handle the rematch with Vikings passer Zach Rouzee, who’s throwing for 264 yards a game?
— Stu Pospisil