Check out highlights from Nebraska high school eight-man playoff football action on Wednesday.

* * *


West Bracket

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.

Sign up for daily headlines from NEPrepZone

Get a daily roundup of game recaps, player features and more in your inbox.

East Bracket

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.


West Bracket

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.

East Bracket

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.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.