Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with a story previewing a new team or teams each day. This week, Eight Man-1 is featured, with Nos. 5-10 today.

Somehow, someway, the Amherst Broncos live to fight another day. The No. 3 seed in the Class C-2 bracket, the undefeated Amherst Broncos (26-0) got tested like no test they’ve faced this season, barely advancing to the second round after narrowly beating No. 6 seed Ainsworth (17-7) 81-78.

Amherst made it four in a row, but not without a little drama. The Broncos trailed Creighton 30-24 with three weight classes to go Saturday at the state dual meet. But that’s just how Amherst coach Tyler Herman wanted it.

It was a comeback that was difficult to see coming. When Amherst’s high-powered offense opened the game by scoring touchdowns in its first six possessions to take a 41-20 lead with 5:22 left before halftime, Burwell’s season appeared to be on the ropes. Then, the unthinkable happened.

Amherst wants the world to know that it does more than wrestle in the winter. Sure, it had been 28 years since the basketball team reached Lincoln while the wrestling team pinned its way to six straight state titles (and counting). On Tuesday night — after yet another offensive clinic — Amherst’s words proved to be true. They do indeed play basketball. And for the first time since 1987, they’ll be playing in Lincoln.

Amherst’s press finally crushed Elm Creek. Forcing nine fourth-quarter turnovers, and hitting just enough shots, the Broncos scored the final 10 points of the game to come way with a 47-45 victory over Elm Creek Thursday night.

Winning the Class D state team title has become commonplace for Amherst, but it certainly isn’t old hat. “Somebody asked me if it ever gets old. No way, it never gets old,” Amherst coach Tyler Herman said. “It was an overall team effort this weekend, bringing 13 guys down here and getting 10 in the medals.”

Start from the bottom. Scan up through the history of team champions in Class D wrestling. You’ll see a handful of back-to-back winners. There’s even a few with three straight. In most cases, that represents a strong group of wrestlers from a single class making an impact as they rise from sophomores to seniors.

In the day’s opener Saturday at the Heartland Hoops Classic, freshman Holden Eckhout made six 3s and scored a game-high 26 points in Class D-1 No. 7 Amherst’s 80-57 win over Ravenna.