Kearney (5-4) vs. No. 1 Millard West (8-1), 7:30 p.m. at Buell Stadium: Bearcats have rallied from a 1-4 start. Millard West is on a seven-game winning streak. Radio: KGFW (1340 AM, Kearney), KKPR (98.9 FM, Kearney), KCRO (660 AM, Omaha).
No. 8 Omaha Central (6-3) at No. 6 Papillion-La Vista (6-3), 7 p.m. at Papillion-La Vista Stadium: Central quietly has become the leader in fewest yards allowed in Class A and had a standout game last week against Omaha Creighton Prep. Papio’s passing attack, led by record-setter Alec Ditoro, will give the Eagles a test. Radio: none.
Lincoln Southwest (5-4) at No. 3 Omaha Westside (8-1), 7 p.m.: Silver Hawks must find ways to slow down Westside’s balanced offense that averaged 46 points in its past seven games. Radio: none.
Papillion-La Vista South (5-4) vs. No. 9 Omaha Creighton Prep (6-3), 7 p.m. at Benson Stadium: Titans will ride their 2,000-yard rusher, Drew Klein. Prep’s top running back, Micah Rensch, has been out the past two games. Radio: none.
Lincoln Southeast (5-4) at No. 4 Omaha Burke (6-3), 7 p.m.: These teams last met in the 2011 state final, which Southeast won 21-9. Burke spent a lot of energy while playing its demanding district schedule. It will have to play well against a Southeast team that struggled to score in three of its four losses. Radio: KFOR (1240 AM, Lincoln).
No. 7 Bellevue West (6-3) at No. 10 Grand Island (8-1), 7 p.m.: The last time the Islanders saw a passing attack close to West’s, they escaped Norfolk with a 34-28 win. West’s CJ Johnson, with 71 catches for 1,253 yards, is on the verge of setting Class A records in both categories. Brad Brazeal of West leads Class A in passing. How will an expected windy night affect this game? Radio: KSYZ (107.7 FM, Grand Island), KRGI (1430 AM, Grand Island).
Lincoln East (8-1) vs. No. 5 Millard North (4-5), 4 p.m. at Buell Stadium: East’s three most recent wins are against teams that ended the regular season at 5-4. The Spartans’ loss was 31-10 to Papio, which fell later in the year to Millard North 38-21. The Mustangs will try to pound away as usual with Clay Fisher and Grant DeVries. Radio: KOTK (1420 AM, Omaha)
Bellevue East (4-5) at No. 2 Omaha North (8-1), 7 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium: See Calvin Strong run. And run. And run. The North junior should get the Class A season records for rushing yards and touchdowns. Bellevue East has a nice passing combo in Trev Lovell to Brady Pelzer. Radio: none.
No. 9 Omaha Gross (5-4) at No. 1 Gretna (9-0), 7 p.m.: Last year’s champion, Gross takes on the last undefeated in Class B. It will have to make this a low-scoring contest. Radio: none.
Blair (5-4) at Sidney (6-3), 4 p.m. MDT: Sidney, which broke a 19-year playoff drought, hosts a postseason game for the first time in 20 years. Blair has won five straight after an 0-4 start. It has one 1,000-yard rusher, Will Schany. Sidney has two, Logan Lewis and Chance Anglin. Radio: KSID (1340 AM, Sidney), KBLR (97.3 FM, Blair).
No. 7 Elkhorn (6-3) at No. 3 Ralston (8-1), 7 p.m.: Might be the best game of the first round. Elkhorn gave Gretna its best test of the season two weeks ago. Ralston’s Isaac Wallace leads Class B with 1,883 yards rushing. Radio: none.
Scottsbluff (6-3) at No. 4 York (8-1), 6 p.m.: The roles are reversed from last year, when underdog York ended the Bearcats’ undefeated season. York might get back leading receiver and big-play threat Ty Danielson, who’s been hurt for the past two games. Radio: KNEB (94.1 FM, Scottsbluff), KHYY (106.9 FM, Minatare), KAWL (1370 AM, York).
Crete (5-4) at No. 6 McCook (8-1), 6 p.m.: After meeting three times in four years, they are paired for the first time since the 2007 state title game. McCook has seen only three playoff qualifiers, Crete six. Radio: KSWN (93.9 FM, McCook), KICX (96.1 FM, McCook).
Plattsmouth (6-3) at No. 5 Aurora (7-2), 7 p.m.: While the Blue Devils’ four-game winning streak is against sub-.500 teams, Aurora has dropped two of its past four games by 22 points (Crete) and 19 points (York). Radio: KRGY (97.3 FM, Aurora).
Elkhorn South (6-3) at No. 10 Beatrice (6-3), 7 p.m.: The season started with a 17-0 South win over the Orangemen. Since then, Beatrice is 3-2 against playoff teams while the Storm are 1-3. Radio: KWBE (1450 AM, Beatrice).
No. 8 Norris (6-3) at No. 2 Omaha Skutt (8-1), 7 p.m.: Skutt quarterback Creighton Koley’s knee injury is a blow to the SkyHawks. Junior Isaiah Ramsey takes his place. Norris won its district with a pair of four-point wins over Beatrice and Crete. Radio: none.