Omaha Central went toe-to-toe against its rival and Top 10 power Omaha Creighton Prep a year after being embarrassed by 46 points.

While last week’s 24-20 loss can’t sit well with the Eagles, or get them rated, they have another game this week to prove they are on the rise and a probable playoff team.

They visit defending state champion Omaha Burke, which is smarting after a 24-7 loss at Millard West ended its 14-game winning streak. A win on the Bulldogs’ homecoming night would get Central to 2-1 before a five-game stretch in which it should be the favorite in each.

Against the Junior Jays, Central scored first on a 63-yard run by quarterback Abe Hoskins and never trailed in the first three quarters while trading scores. After ties at 10-10 and 17-17, Central got its final lead in the third quarter on Sam Levy’s second 35-yard field goal of the game at Seemann Stadium.

Prep (2-0) then protected its No. 8 ranking on John Coniglio’s 41-yard pass to Joe Boulay with eight minutes left and ran out the last 4½ minutes.

Central coach Jay Landstrom, a longtime assistant in football and basketball, took over the program last year after a 0-9 season — the school’s first since 1975 — in 2017. His first team went 3-6.

After Burke, Central has four opponents that started 0-2 — Omaha Bryan, Lincoln High, Lincoln Pius X and Norfolk — and 2-0 Omaha South before wrapping up the regular season with top-ranked Bellevue West. A 6-3 or 7-2 regular season is attainable.

2-0 and unranked

Eight of the 12 teams in Class A with 2-0 records are ranked. Those that aren’t are Columbus, Lincoln East, Omaha South and Papillion-La Vista South. The toughest draw this week among those four is Papio South at Bellevue West, with the Titans capable of giving West its first four-quarter game of the season.

Lincoln East is the only team in the state with two shutouts. The Spartans play Lincoln Southwest (1-1) on Friday at Seacrest Field. The last time they opened 3-0 was 2006.

South, which hasn’t won its first three since 1993, is the homecoming opponent for winless Omaha Benson. The Bunnies and Bellevue East, the latter hosting 0-2 Omaha Northwest, are trying to end 19-game losing streaks.

Columbus started 3-0 two years ago in Class B, but the last time it got that mark as a Class A school was in 1997. The Discoverers host Elkhorn.

Ratings comments

Top 10/Class A: Millard West’s win over Burke triggered the only movement. The Wildcats vault from seventh to fourth, with Burke sliding from fourth to sixth and pulling Lincoln Southeast down from fifth to seventh since the Knights lost to Burke on opening night.

Class B: Coupled with York’s 14-0 win at Blair, Omaha Roncalli’s 42-34 loss at home to Omaha Skutt warrants a ratings bump from fifth to fourth for the Crimson Pride. Waverly, York and Grand Island Northwest move up, too, as Blair falls from fourth to eighth. Elkhorn Mount Michael replaces McCook, which has scored 10 points while losing to No. 9 Hastings and Northwest.

Class C-1: A clean sheet for last week’s rated teams means no changes.

Class C-2: Norfolk Catholic is the best 0-2 team in this class and falls from fourth to fifth for a 14-3 loss to No. 3 David City Aquinas. But the Knights must fight to avoid a 0-4 start. Next up are games at No. 2 St. Paul and at home against No. 1 BRLD (Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur). Oakland-Craig gets a big bump from seventh to fourth, for blitzing then-No. 9 Hartington Cedar Catholic with a 50-0 first half. Cedar Catholic, which lost by nine to BRLD the week before, exits and Yutan enters at No. 10.

Eight Man-1: Gone are Osceola/High Plains, East Butler and Elmwood-Murdock, with Fullerton (34-16 over OHP), BDS (52-20 over Elmwood) and Wisner-Pilger (20-14 over East Butler) taking their spots.

Eight Man-2: Pleasanton replaces Twin Loup, which was eighth before losing to 1-1 Riverside.

Six Man: Grand Island Heartland Lutheran is believed to be ranked for the first time, beating Spalding Academy 66-63 to enter at No. 10 and drop out the then-No. 5 Shamrocks (0-2).

Top games Friday

Class A: Omaha Westside vs. Lincoln Southeast at Seacrest (4:30 p.m.), Papillion-La Vista South at Bellevue West, Omaha Central at Omaha Burke, Millard West vs. Omaha North at Kinnick, Elkhorn at Columbus, Lincoln Southwest vs. Lincoln East at Seacrest (8 p.m.).

Class B: Scottsbluff at Grand Island Northwest, Roncalli at Waverly, Norris at Bennington, Blair at Skutt, York at McCook.

Class C-1: Aurora at Wahoo, Pierce at Ord, Elkhorn MM at Omaha Concordia.

Class C-2: David City Aquinas at Hartington CC, Wilber-Clatonia at Fremont Bergan, Battle Creek at Centennial, Norfolk Catholic at St. Paul.

Eight Man-1: Wakefield at Howells-Dodge, West Point Guardian Angels CC at Omaha Brownell Talbot.

Eight Man-2: Stuart at Bloomfield, Kenesaw at Pleasanton.

Six Man: Humphrey/Holy Family at Sterling.

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