Upset alerts didn’t last very long in the Class A first round.
Yes, the last team in the field — Kearney — led No. 1 seed and top-ranked Millard West in the third quarter. And Papillion-La Vista, Omaha Creighton Prep and Grand Island didn’t secure their wins until the final minutes.
But for the first time since 1995, the year Class A went from eight playoff qualifiers to 16, all eight home teams in the first round were winners.
So Friday night’s quarterfinals, for a change, are being played at the top four seeds. There are some interesting sidelights, too, to these games:
Millard West hosts Papio and faces the Monarchs’ record passer, senior Alec Ditoro, for the only time.
Omaha North greets Millard North at Kinnick Stadium for the second time in three weeks. This will be the teams’ fourth meeting since October 2012.
Omaha Burke sees Grand Island — the only non-Metro Conference team in the final eight — for the first time since 2005.
Omaha Westside gets home field against Creighton Prep for the second time this season. The rivals last met in the playoffs in 1999.
Only a double-overtime doozy — Elkhorn South’s 38-37 win at Beatrice — prevented another 8-0 sweep for the home teams in Class B. No. 2 seed Omaha Skutt thus will be the visiting team for its quarterfinal against the Storm at Elkhorn Stadium.
In the next four classes, only seven lower-seeded teams won, and the lowest seeds to advance were No. 12s Tekamah-Herman in C-2 and North Central of Bassett in Eight Man-1.
Top 10 moves: Grand Island is eighth, its highest ranking of the season, after holding off Bellevue West 35-27. Bellevue West and Omaha Central, in ninth and 10th, respectively, are the highest-ranked of the first-round losers.
Class B: Elkhorn South returns to the ratings at No. 8, but cannot yet overtake No. 7 Elkhorn because of its 28-21 loss to the Antlers to end the regular season. Elkhorn, which fell 40-14 to Ralston, is the highest ranked of the first-round losers. Unable to crack the ratings as a first-round winner is Sidney (7-3), which beat unranked Blair 36-26 in the Red Raiders’ first home playoff game in 19 years.
Other classes: Only two teams lost, Eight Man-2 No. 9 Lawrence-Nelson and Six-Man No. 4 Arcadia. Their setbacks, each by two points, were to higher-ranked Giltner and Cody-Kilgore, respectively.
History corner: A year ago, after 16th seed York beat No. 1 seed Scottsbluff in Class B, a reader supplied us with another such first-round stunner — Newman Grove over Eustis-Farnam in Eight Man-1 in 2008. Previously on our list was Filley over Trumbull in Eight Man-2 in 1983.
Eight-man record: Creighton broke the Eight Man-1 playoff single-game scoring record by 10 points when it beat Bloomfield 88-12. The Bulldogs led 70-6 at halftime.