CENTENNIAL PASSES ANOTHER BIG TEST
A week after defeating Battle Creek, Centennial controlled the first half in its 41-22 win over No. 3 Sutton on Friday. The Broncos, top-ranked in Class C-2, built a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter on an 87-yard interception return by Max Tomes. Quarterback Wyatt Ehlers had three TD runs and a touchdown pass in the first half as the Broncos led 34-14 at the break. Sutton had outscored its first three opponents 128-7. Next week, Centennial faces No. 6 David City Aquinas, which has won its last two after starting the season 0-2.
BALL-CONTROL DRIVE MAKES DIFFERENCE
Wakefield and Norfolk Lutheran, ranked No. 6 in Eight Man-1, were on a record scoring pace most of Friday night, with Wakefield leading 56-38 at halftime. The lead grew to 70-52 after three quarters before Lutheran pulled within 70-66 with 5:18 left. But Wakefield, which entered the game 0-2, was able to hold the ball the rest of the way to earn the 70-66 victory.
RATINGS WILL SHUFFLE IN CLASS C-1
While Class C-1 No. 1 Aurora needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat Grand Island Northwest, three ranked C-1 teams lost for the first time on Friday. Adams Central shut down No. 5 Gothenburg 21-0, No. 10 Ord rolled to a 44-14 win over No. 6 Central City and Cozad scored two first-half touchdowns in edging No. 8 Sidney 14-7. Sidney had allowed a total of seven points in its first three games.
Koby Dillon and Andrew Waltke had huge nights, capped on the final play of the game, as Palmyra edged Southern 60-59. Dillon went 30 of 51 for 380 yards and six touchdowns, and Waltke had 15 catches for 179 yards and four TDs. Trailing 59-54, Dillon hit Waltke in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown with no time remaining. Johnson-Brock, No. 3 in Eight Man-2, put together an impressive opening half in a 66-14 win over No. 8 Lawrence-Nelson. Cole Fossenbarger was 20 of 30 for 284 and seven touchdowns in the first half, while Ty Hahn caught three scoring passes. Aurora quarterback Baylor Scheierman was 29 of 46 for 320 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-27 win over Grand Island Northwest. Scheierman has thrown for more than 300 yards each of the last three weeks — he had never surpassed 300 yards before this current streak. Seward quarterback Joseph Krause had an efficient night, going 13 of 16 for 269 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-21 win over Class B No. 8 Bennington. Krause also rushed for 50 yards and a score for No. 5 Seward. Class A No. 3 Grand Island continued to roll as the Islanders had two return TDs in a 56-0 win over North Platte. Broc Douglass returned a punt 58 yards, while Ben Reilly took the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a score.