HENDERSON — It had been eight years since the Johnson-Brock football team had won a game in the state playoffs, but the Eagles finally broke through Thursday in Henderson.

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. 10-5 today.

Class D-1 No. 6-rated Norfolk Lutheran got off to the start it wanted against No. 8 Heartland in the first round of the state tournament. The Eagles took advantage of the Huskies’ early struggles to jump out to an 18-point halftime lead. Norfolk Lutheran went on to claim a 52-30 victory Thursday at Lincoln East.

For the chances of a Heartland Huskies’ boys state basketball tournament run to stay alive, it had to go through the No. 1 rated team in Class D1 Thursday night in the D1-2 subdistrict final at Fillmore Central High School in Geneva.

Not many fans on either side of the gym at halftime probably thought Thursday night’s game between the Osceola Bulldogs and the Heartland Huskies would go down to the last shot. But it did.

It may have come one possession later than High Plains would have preferred, but a big 3-point play helped the Storm hold off surging Heartland down the stretch Tuesday.

The Heartland Huskies were on the verge of pulling the biggest upset in Class D1 Thursday night. The East Butler Tigers, the highest scoring team in all of Eight-Man football and No. 6 ranked (Omaha World-Herald) had their undefeated season being challenged by the No. 14 seed Huskies.

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