Nebraska high school football games to watch for Friday, Sept. 6, as published in The World-Herald.
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No. 4 Omaha Burke (1-0) vs. No. 7 Millard West (1-0), 7 p.m. at Buell Stadium: Two of the Bulldogs’ wins last year came against West, the second a playoff semifinal heartbreaker for the Wildcats. Their senior quarterback and Cal State Fullerton baseball commit Tristan Gomes remembers it. Lots of playmakers will be on the field.
No. 9 Omaha Creighton Prep (1-0) at Omaha Central (1-0), 7 p.m.: The renewal of one of the city’s oldest rivalries could show whether Central is back after a couple of down years. The Eagles held outmatched Benson to negative-32 yards in a 53-2 win last week. Prep’s defense had two goal-line stops in a 24-21 overtime victory against Omaha North. Prep beat Central 59-13 last year.
No. 2 Scottsbluff (1-0) at No. 9 Hastings (1-0), 7 p.m.: What a coup it would be for the host Tigers to take down a second preseason top-three team. They won 30-7 last week at McCook, which had won 17 straight in the series and beat them a combined 76-7 in two games last year. Scottsbluff won this matchup 48-14 last season. The Bearcats bring in a solid running game while Hastings takes to the air.
No. 1 Omaha Skutt (1-0) at No. 5 Omaha Roncalli (1-0), 7 p.m.: Roncalli has gotten closer recently to a win over the SkyHawks, the defending state champions. Last year it was a 33-13 home win for Skutt. Two of the state’s top quarterbacks — Tyson Gordon for Skutt and Jack Dotzler for Roncalli — are here.
No. 4 Norfolk Catholic (0-1) at No. 3 David City Aquinas (0-1), 7 p.m.: Same situation as last year, when both were coming off opening-night losses to Class C-1 rivals. Catholic beat the Monarchs at home 31-7 last time, but the Knights really weren’t in the game last week against Pierce.