For the first time in 20 years, there will be football in November at Sidney's Weymouth Field.
Sidney is in the Class B playoff field for the first time since 1994 and will host Blair at 4 p.m. MDT Friday. It will be the first playoff game at Weymouth Field since Adams Central beat Sidney 19-0 in the 1993 Class B semifinals.
The Red Raiders (6-3) are assured of their first winning season since 1994, too, after beating rival Scottsbluff 30-20 at home Friday night for the District 8 title. Logan Lewis, who was a water boy for the Red Raiders when in grade school, ran for four touchdowns and a school-record 306 yards.
Blair (5-4) lost its first four games but has won its past five and beat Bennington 38-13 Friday night for a district championship.
The Bears' 400-mile trip west will be the longest in the Class B first round. Next is Scottsbluff's 374-mile jaunt to play York. Last year, those teams met in Scottsbluff in the first round and the Dukes upset a 9-0 Bearcat team.
Only one Class B game is a rematch from the regular season. Elkhorn South (6-3) returns to Beatrice (6-3), which lost to the Storm 17-0 on opening weekend.
Only one doubleheader in Class A
Although Omaha Creighton Prep rents Burke Stadium for its home games, the Junior Jays (6-3) will play their first-round playoff game Friday against Papillion-La Vista South (5-4) at Benson Stadium with a kickoff time of 7.
Omaha Burke also is a first-round home team — the Bulldogs (6-3) claimed the No. 3 seed — and will play Lincoln Southeast (5-4) Friday for the first time since the Knights won 21-9 in the 2011 state final.
So the only first-round twin bill at one stadium will be at Buell Stadium. The 4 p.m. game will be Lincoln East (8-1) meeting defending champion Millard North (4-5). Kearney (5-4) and Millard West (8-1) will play at 7:30 p.m.
Ralston's Wallace sets record
Isaac Wallace of Ralston broke the Class B single-game rushing record Friday night when he tore through Omaha Roncalli for 406 yards in a 70-41 victory. The record was 398 by Matt Harris of Alliance against Gering in 2007.
Wallace's eight rushing touchdowns were the most in one game in 11-man football since at least 1956. Jim Taylor of Gordon, a Class B all-stater that year, has been credited with nine touchdowns in an 82-6 victory over Crawford.
» Omaha Benson coach Tony Kobza said Jayden Swensen's corrected passing yardage against Omaha South was 405, not the state record but still good for the school record.