High school notes: Turman, Hudson to coach Shrine Bowl; Records for North’s Williams and more

With his 98-yard pick-six last Friday, Omaha North’s Zion Williams has four interception returns for touchdowns this season, topping the Class A and school record of three. The Vikings face Lincoln East in the state semifinals on Friday.

Matt Turman of Omaha Skutt and Mark Hudson of Boone Central/Newman Grove are the head coaches for the 2017 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

Turman will coach the South team in the June 3 game at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Cope Stadium. One of his assistants is younger brother Seth, who’s on the Millard West staff.

Other South assistants are Anthony Dunn of Bellevue East, Steve Ramer of Sutton, William Wagner of Axtell and John Dooley from the Skutt staff.

Hudson’s assistants on the North team are Chris Koozer of Sidney, Seth McClain of Fremont, Ron Evans of Amherst, Grand Island assistant Russ Harvey and Boone Central assistant Dan Zoucha.

Records for North’s Williams

Omaha North senior defensive back Zion Williams broke records with his 98-yard pick-six in the Vikings’ 54-14 quarterfinal win over Kearney.

It was his fourth interception return for a touchdown this season, topping the Class A and school record of three by the Vikings’ Mike McWhorter in 1970.

Williams has eight picks this season. The Class A record is 12 by Dale Kistaitis of Ralston in 1984 and Matt Bock of Fremont two years later.

No. 1 North (11-0), which has 19 interceptions as a team, hosts No. 9 Lincoln East at Omaha Northwest’s Kinnick Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday in the Class A semifinals.

North ran for a season-high 438 yards on the Bearcats, with Zander Gray scoring five times and going past 1,200 yards rushing in his sophomore season.

Scoring summary from the Kearney-North game:

Kearney (8-3).....................7 0 7 0—14

Omaha North (11-0).......13 14 13 14—54

ON: Zander Gray 24 run (Milton Sargbah kick)

ON: Sargbah 7 run (kick failed)

K: Nate Berg 25 run (Leo Palomo kick)

ON: Gray 18 run (Sargbah kick)

ON: Gray 9 run (Sargbah kick)

ON: Gray 2 run (kick failed)

K: Trey Grube 15 pass from Kanon Koster (Palomo kick)

ON: Gray 5 run (Sargbah kick)

ON: Zion Williams 98 interception return (Sargbah kick)

ON: Sargbah 26 run (Sargbah kick)

River Battle Bowl

Wickersham Stadium in Council Bluffs hosts the second River Battle Bowl, the all-star game between Iowa and Nebraska teams, at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.

Last year, when Nebraska won 21-12, the game was played at Omaha Central.

Eight-man rematches

Three of the four semifinals Monday in eight-man football are rematches of games from the regular season.

In Eight Man-1, Burwell hosts Palmer after losing to the Tigers 42-38 on Sept. 9.

In Eight Man-2, Falls City Sacred Heart hosts Bruning-Davenport/Shickley after losing to the Eagles 36-12 on Oct. 7, and Sandhills/Thedford visits Twin Loup at Sargent after opening the season with a 42-23 loss to the Wolves. All four games have 6 p.m. starts.

More playoff records

Jaylin Bradley’s record night for Bellevue West — 496 yards, seven touchdowns and 42 points — contributed to more record-setting in the T-birds’ 63-42 win over Millard West.

The 105 points were a Class A playoff record, and Bellevue West’s 777 yards set Class A playoff and all-game records. Wisner-Pilger in Class C-2 also racked up 777 yards this year in a regular-season game.

Bradley’s 13 touchdowns in two games already are a Class A playoff record. He can add to it when the No. 2 T-birds host No. 7 Omaha Creighton Prep in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday.

In Eight Man-1, Creighton’s 90-54 quarterfinal win Tuesday night over Nebraska City Lourdes set playoff records for most points by a team and most combined points in a game. Creighton’s 620 rushing yards and 746 total yards were Eight Man-1 playoff records.

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