LINCOLN — Memorial Stadium on Sept. 30 will host high school football regular-season games for the first time since 1947.
Lincoln Southwest will play North Platte at 1 p.m., followed by Lincoln Northeast playing Fremont at 4:30 p.m. in the Saturday doubleheader.
The North Platte-Southwest game had been set for Seacrest Field the day before — when Nebraska has a 7 p.m. kickoff at Illinois.
“Lincoln Public Schools and the University of Nebraska Athletics Department both recognize the great importance of high school football across the state,” LPS director of athletics Kathi Wieskamp said in a press release.
“Given the unique challenge associated with the Huskers playing a Friday night game at Illinois, we worked together to provide a special opportunity for four Nebraska high schools to play their games at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This is a special opportunity to showcase Nebraska high school football and support the Huskers.”
Normal ticket prices will be charged. Fremont and Northeast originally were scheduled to play Sept. 28.
At the Aug. 11 NU Board of Regents meeting, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said high schools could use the stadium on Sept. 28, a Thursday, or Sept. 30 with the Huskers’ first regular-season game on a Friday during the high school season.
The state football finals have been held at the stadium since 1996. A playoff doubleheader matching Omaha Westside against Alliance and Columbus against Papillion-La Vista was held there, after a snowstorm, in 1991. The last regular-season contest there was Grand Island’s 25-14 win over Lincoln High that drew 15,000 in 1947.
According to the LPS release, NCAA rules regarding publicity and recruiting guidelines prohibit the NU athletic department from any further comment.
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17. Grant Matthies, TE, Omaha Creighton Prep
Evaluation: Matthies’ best attribute is his pass-catching ability. He is a big guy with soft hands that can play out wide or as an inline blocking tight end. He can also play as a hybrid tight end or H-back.
16. Kanon Koster, QB, Kearney
Evaluation: Koster one of the state’s best all-around athletes and boasts a 33-inch vertical jump, 260-pound max bench press and 295-pound hang clean. He is a big, strong, athletic quarterback that is extremely smart. He is a true dual-threat quarterback that is a standout on the basketball court as well.
15. Matt Masker, QB, Kearney Catholic
Evaluation: Masker is a big, strong pocket passer. He can make all the throws and has a quick release that averages 2.8 seconds on short to medium passes.
14. Brody Belt, RB, Millard West
Evaluation: Belt is a tough runner with breakaway speed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He is versatile in the passing game and will line up in the slot at times.
13. Chris Cassidy, LB, Lincoln Pius X
Evaluation: A disciplined, prototypical inside linebacker that can plug and fill rushing lanes and is good in tight spaces. Cassidy can bench press 395 pounds and squat 515 pounds.
12. Jake Archer, LB, Omaha Skutt
Evaluation: A great tackler with a nose for the football. Archer has a gift for finding the ball and doesn’t get lost in traffic. He has great lateral quickness and is not afraid to take on blockers.
11. Zion Perry, WR, Lincoln High
Evaluation: Perry is a threat to take every catch for a touchdown. He has great hands and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and 10.8-second 100-meter dash.
10. AJ Forbes, OL, Bellevue West
Evaluation: Forbes' versatility earns him the top spot at his position. Forbes can play all five positions on the offensive line and is one of the top defensive linemen in the state as well. The strength is there, too, with a 330-pound bench press, 450-pound squat and 550-pound deadlift.
Evaluation: Otte is as versatile as they come. He plays multiple positions for York, but with his natural leadership, Otte is a perfect safety. He has great instincts and is a sure tackler.
8. Ti'jaih Davis, DB, Boys Town
Evaluation: Davis is a rangy defensive back with natural ball instincts. He isn’t afraid to take on blockers and doesn’t miss many tackles in the open field.
7. Bryce Stai, TE, Norris
Evaluation: Stai is big, strong and tough as nails. He is a force as a blocker and a better-than-average pass catcher. He has a high motor and will lower his pad level to run through would-be tacklers in the open field.
6. Milton Sargbah, RB, Omaha North
Evaluation: Sargbah is elusive and lethal in open space. He is one of the fastest players in the state with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. Sargbah can make people miss in tight spaces and isn’t afraid to run through would-be tacklers.
5. Moses Bryant, ATH, Elkhorn South
Evaluation: Bryant can — and will — play multiple positions. He is elusive, explosive with the ball in his hands and a dangerous kick returner. He can turn and run with almost anyone and has great ball skills.
4. Zach Schlager, LB, McCook
Evaluation: It's hard to find a better all-around football player than Schlager. He has a tremendous motor and is a natural leader. Schlager makes plays all over the field and is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker.
3. Masry Mapieu, DL, York
Evaluation: Mapieu is the perfect fit at nose tackle. He is big, strong and almost immovable. He may not make a ton of tackles or get a bundle of sacks, but he does open things up for his teammates to make plays.
2. Bryson Williams, DL, Lincoln Southeast
Evaluation: Williams is quick off the snap and strong enough to fight off double teams and get to the quarterback. His measurables are off the charts — a 4.85-second 40-yard dash, 30.5-inch vertical, 355-pound bench press and a 525-pound squat.
1. Cameron Jurgens, TE, Beatrice
Evaluation: Just look at the measurables, and that tells you all you need to know about Jurgens. At his size, he has a 4.98-second 40-yard dash, 32.2-inch vertical jump and a shuttle of 4.74 seconds. Then, turn on the film and you can see that he is the real deal. He can virtually do anything he wants at tight end and linebacker.