Check out highlights from Nebraska high school eight-man playoff football action on Wednesday.
No. 2 Burwell 48, Sutherland 0: Sage Konicek threw two touchdown passes and Jase Williams ran for three as unbeaten Burwell built a 35-point halftime lead. Burwell’s defense allowed 101 total yards as it picked up its fourth shutout this season.
Arcadia-Loup City 34, No. 10 Hemingford 28: Arcadia-Loup City scored 28 straight points in the first half’s final nine minutes to build a 34-6 halftime lead before holding off the Bobcats. Hemingford closed to 34-28 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
North Central 36, No. 8 Nebraska Christian 28: North Central trailed 28-20 in the third quarter before rallying to hand Nebraska Christian its only loss of the season.
Dundy County-Stratton 20, No. 4 South Loup 14, OT: Dundy County-Stratton lost a 14-0 halftime lead but earned the upset in overtime. Serbando Diaz led the Tigers with 210 yards and two TDs on 30 carries, while Jace Connell led South Loup with 160 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries.
Semifinals Tuesday: Burwell vs. Arcadia-Loup City; North Central vs. Dundy County-Stratton. Bracket final: Monday, Nov. 12.
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No. 1 Creighton 66, Wisner-Pilger 12: By halftime, Creighton led 58-6 as Bryce Zimmerer rushed for 118 yards and four touchdowns and Brayden Zimmerer rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 7 Norfolk Lutheran 66, Osceola-High Plains 26: Ben Gebhardt returned two kickoffs for touchdowns to help Norfolk Lutheran roll. Jaxson Kant threw three touchdown passes, ran for one and caught a 63-yard pass for a score. All of Kant’s touchdowns covered at least 25 yards.
No. 3 EMF 40, Fullerton 28: Edwen Baptista rushed for 191 yards and a TD on 38 carries to lead unbeaten EMF. Mitch Manning added 89 yards rushing and two TDs — his second one early in the third quarter put the Bobcats up 40-20.
Semifinals Tuesday: Creighton vs. Norfolk Lutheran; West Point GACC vs. EMF. Bracket final: Monday, Nov. 12.
No. 1 Mullen 38, Garden County 14: Lane Edis rushed for 174 yards and three TDs on 32 carries as top-ranked Mullen, which led 30-14 at halftime, improved to 10-0. Edis also finished with a team-high 13 tackles.
No. 8 Overton 30, No. 9 Sandhills-Thedford 24: Braden Kizer’s interception with 40 seconds left secured Overton’s win. Sandhills-Thedford scored a touchdown with 6:05 left to pull within 30-24 and got the ball back with 44 seconds left before Kizer thwarted the comeback attempt.
Lawrence-Nelson 33, No. 6 Clearwater-Orchard 30: Trailing 30-20 after three quarters, Lawrence-Nelson scored twice in the first six minutes of the fourth for the win. The game featured five lead changes.
No. 7 Kenesaw 50, Riverside 22: Taylor Pulver rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 138 yards and another TD as the Blue Devils knocked off last year’s Six-Man state champion.
Semifinals Tuesday: Mullen vs. Overton; Lawrence-Nelson vs. Kenesaw. Bracket final: Monday, Nov. 12.
No. 3 Humphrey St. Francis 54, Hartington-Newcastle 8: The unbeaten Flyers scored in the final seconds of the first half to take a 40-8 lead en route to the win. Trevor Pfeifer rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more. The Flyers have held five opponents to single digits this season.
No. 5 Bloomfield 30, No. 10 Osmond 20: Bloomfield scored two plays into the second half for a 24-8 lead and held off Osmond the rest of the way.
No. 2 Johnson-Brock 76, Allen 0: Johnson-Brock, which averages 67 points a game, scored 64 points in a 16-minute span in the first half. It also recovered six fumbles in the first half. QB Cole Fossenbarger was 7 of 8 for 184 yards and five touchdowns.
Semifinals Tuesday: Humphrey St. Francis vs. Falls City Sacred Heart; Bloomfield vs. Johnson-Brock. Bracket final: Monday, Nov. 12.
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Front row, from left: Sam Sims, Grand Island; Dietrick Stolz, Grand Island Central Catholic; James Burks, Omaha Burke; Dylan Sales, Omaha Burke; Shane Dailey, Bellevue West; Jarod Epperson, Omaha Skutt. Second row, from left: D.J. Gross, McCook; Garrett Snodgrass, York; Xavier Watts, Omaha Burke; Jevyon Ducker, Bellevue West; Kohl Herbolsheimer, Millard South; Alex Rodgers, Omaha Roncalli. Third row, from left: Joseph Krause, Seward; Ethan Piper, Norfolk Catholic; Nick Henrich, Omaha Burke; Garrett Nelson, Scottsbluff; Chris Hickman, Omaha Burke. Back row, from left: Zavier Betts, Bellevue West; Mehki Butler, Omaha North; Caden Johnson, Wahoo Neumann; Tyson Gordon, Omaha Skutt; Baylor Scheierman, Aurora; Noah Stafursky, York. Not pictured: Isaiah Alford, Lincoln High
Like the burr oaks at Mahoney State Park that were the backdrop for this photo, the 2017 All-Nebraska football team branched out with players from the Wyoming state line to the Missouri River.
The 2016 All-Nebraska football team "earned their wings" at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum.
Back row from left: York's Masry Mapieu, Bellevue West's Sylvo Johnson, Lincoln East's Chris Walker, Gretna's Patrick Arnold, Bellevue West's Tyler Ciurej, Omaha Burke's Cole Frahm, Wilber-Clatonia's Riley Homolka, Norfolk's Lane McCallum, Ashland-GW's Brett Kitrell, and Beatrice's Cam Jurgens.
Middle row from left: Kearney's Noah Urbanek, Bellevue West's Jaylin Bradley, Omaha North's Kendrick Parker, Omaha North's Milton Sargbah, Elkhorn South's Moses Bryant, Omaha Skutt's Christian Banker, and Creighton Prep's AJ Hubner.
Front row from left: Wahoo Neumann's Noah Vedral, Omaha North's Zion Williams, Bellevue West's Diego Galvan, McCook's Zach Schlager, Bellevue West's Kevin Ponec, Norris' Austin Schultz, and Millard North's Jack Begley.
The 2015 All-Nebraska football team gathered at Papillion-La Vista High School for the photo shoot.
The 2014 All-Nebraska football team posted on the steps of the Joslyn Art Museum. The cover read: "A Step Ahead: The 24 members of the All-Nebraska football team towered over foes."
Back rows, starting from left: Papillion-La Vista South’s Jeremy Kowalski, No. 75; Seward’s Adam Holtorf, No. 79; Papillion-La Vista South’s Ryan Earith; Kearney’s Brian Arp, No. 55; Elkhorn South’s Brett Stinson; Grand Island’s Kevin Cahoy, No. 12; Omaha Central’s Tre Sanders, No. 6; Omaha Central’s DaiShon Neal, No. 9; Grand Island’s Pierce Almond, No. 2; Blair’s Vance Janssen; Bellevue West’s CJ Johnson; Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Wyatt Mazour; Omaha Central’s Xavier Graham, No. 64; Creighton Prep’s Jeremiah Stovall; and Creighton Prep’s Jack McLeay, No. 54. Front rows, starting from left: Omaha North’s Cole Bixler, No. 34; Omaha North’s Michael Decker, No. 78; Omaha North’s Calvin Strong, No. 5; Omaha North’s Jason Martin; Grand Island Central Catholic’s Youhanna Ghaifan; Millard North’s Adrrell Taylor, No. 27; Omaha North’s Marquise Lewis, No. 1; McCook’s Bryce Lyons, No. 21; and Omaha North’s Markell Vaughn, No. 22.
In 2013, the All-Nebraska football and volleyball teams came together for a photo shoot, and the cover was designed to look like a Facebook page with the teams taking one big selfie.
The 2012 All-Nebraska football team made a splash in the shark tunnel of the Scott Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Standing, from left: Luke McNitt, Kearney; DJ Foster, Lincoln Southeast; Josh Banderas, Lincoln Southwest; Nick DeLuca, Millard North; Harrison Phillips, Millard West; Mike Milenkovich, Millard North; Bryce Sosnowski, Millard South; Nathan Bazata, Howells-Dodge; Casey Sayles, Omaha North.
Middle row: Christian LaCouture, Lincoln Southwest; Jordan Bellar, Norfolk Catholic; Clay Fisher Millard North; Isaac Aakre, Millard North; Matt Kraft, Millard South; Alec Ditoro, Papillion-La Vista; Jake Schlager, McCook; Lee Carhart, Creighton Prep; Freeman Coleman, Millard South.
Front row: Andy Bayne, Millard North; Trey Carr, Omaha Burke; Calvin Strong, Omaha North; Skyler Monaghan, Millard West; Devin Washington, Lincoln Southeast; RJ Urzendowski, Creighton Prep.
With the Omaha skyline in the background, the 2011 All-Nebraska football team was "Standing Tall" at Pioneer Courage Park not far from the Omaha World-Herald building.
Bottom Row (from left): Tay Bender, RB, Lincoln Southwest; Isaac Aakre, RB, Millard North; Landon Arnold, OL, Millard North; Andrew Coppa, DL, Omaha Burke; Trey Foster, DL, Lincoln Southeast; Bo Liekhus, DB, Bellevue West.
Middle Row (from left): Darian Barrientos-Jackson, DB, Omaha Central; James Anderson, OL, Omaha Burke; Andy Janovich, LB, Gretna; Drew Farlee, K, Norfolk Catholic; Mike Minter Jr., DB, Lincoln North Star; Sam Cotton, DL, Lincoln Southeast; Devin Washington, RB, Lincoln Southeast; Sam Foltz, DB, Grand Island; Jeremy Callahan, P, Lexington; Robbie Lafour, OL, Lincoln Southeast; Jake Schany, LB, Blair; Jordan Nelson, RB, Omaha Burke; Ryker Fyfe, QB, Grand Island.
Top Row (from left): Jordan Brichacek, OL, Howells; Zach Oliver, WR, Omaha Burke; Terry Grigsby, DB, Omaha North; Drew Ott, LB, Giltner; Mike Shoff, OL, Cambridge.
All-Nebraska football captains Jimmie Forsythe of Omaha Burke and Tyson Broekemeier of Aurora were the focus in 2010 during this shoot at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing.
The 2009 All-Nebraska football hopped aboard this old streetcar at the Durham Museum.
There was "nothing pedestrian" about the 2008 All-Nebraska football team, which posed in front of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
Back row, from left, Tyrone Sellers of McCook, Corey Serrano of North Platte, Nathan Zook of Grand Island, Eric Koehlmoos of Pierce, Tyler Daake of Norfolk Catholic, Tyler Niederklein of Millard West, Charles Viers of Millard West, Josh Kage of Papillion-LaóVista, Jake Herweyer of Millard West, Cole Pensick of Lincoln Northeast, Jordan Hale of Millard South, Andrew Rodriguez of Aurora, James Davis of Omaha North, Jon Lechner of Prep, Scott Criss of Omaha Creighton Prep and C.J. Zimmerer of Omaha Gross. Front row, Matt Berry of McCook, Braden Taylor of Grand Island, Vinny Molina of Kearney, Kohlman Adema-Schulte of Millard West, Bryant Giles of Omaha North, Michael Burrus of Papillion-LaóVista South, Ronald Coleman of North, Tyler Seals of Bellevue West and Greg Hardin of Bellevue West.
For the 2007 All-Nebraska football team, The World-Herald chose individual shots for the cover instead of the group photo, and the result was "Picture Perfect."
No challenge was too steep for the "Rock Solid" 2006 All-Nebraska football team, who posed in front of a climbing wall at Dick's Sporting Goods.
The 2005 All-Nebraska football team wore letterman jackets for the photo shoot instead of their jerseys.
Top, from left, Millard North's Corey Young, Lincoln Southwest's Ian Dike, Millard North's Adam Nelson, Bellevue West's Silas Fluellen, Omaha Central's D.J. Jones (back row), Millard North's Jeff Tarpinian, Kearney's Tony Green, Lincoln Southwest's Ben Martin, Bellevue West's Jeff Martin, Lincoln Southwest's Ollie Sloup, Papillion-LaVista's Kyle Dooley and McCook's Josh Cherry.
Bottom, from left, Omaha Benson's Anthony Williams, Kearney's Joey Rousseau, Lincoln Southwest's Andy Cotton, Omaha Burke's Ricky Henry, Omaha South's Philip Barrientos, Creighton Prep's Mark Waring, Omaha Burke's Alex Henery, Millard West's Brandon Pete, Omaha Burke's Travis Liechti, Millard North's Paul Homer, Omaha North's Aaron Terry and Millard West's Matt Leaders.
Nothing says football like rows of poinsettias. Those were the accents that went with this photo shoot for the 2004 All-Nebraska football team.