West Point-Beemer got back to basics, focusing on improving its physicality and defense during practices earlier in the week. It paid off in a bruising 14-0 triumph against Boone Central/Newman Grove.

Grand Island Central Catholic fell to Boone Central/Newman Grove in its season finale Friday night, as the Cardinals pounded out a 43-0 victory.

Throughout the summer, The World-Herald will prepare you for the high school football season with previews of new teams each day. Working their way up from the smallest class, the ratings are based on last season’s final Top 10. This week, Class C-1 is featured, with Nos. 5 through 10 today.

If you’ve never seen a team take a victory by virtue of pure willpower, then the championship game of the Class C-1, Subdistrict 9 Tournament would have been your opportunity to do so.

Grand Island Central Catholic did a lot of things well, but shooting the ball was not one of them, as the Crusaders found themselves on the wrong end of a 49-47 battle against Boone Central-Newman Grove in the semifinal round of the Class C-1, Subdistrict 9 tournament Tuesday at Northwest High School.

O'Neill earned its first berth in the Mid-State Conference tournament final at the free-throw line, while Pierce earned its first appearance in the final since 2012 with defense.