En route to their first semifinal, Lincoln Lutheran handed district champion Arcadia-Loup City their first loss of the year, the Rebels having gone 10-0 until Lincoln’s 21-12 quarterfinals victory.

BATTLE CREEK - He made a 69-yard touchdown run look easy before hitting Kobe Benne in stride on a deep pass for a 70-yard touchdown, but there was nothing easy about the final foot Evan Reinert gained on the final play of Oakland-Craig's 27-24 overtime win over Battle Creek here Friday.

Hastings St. Cecilia coach Tim Farmer said before the game that his team would look to wear down Oakland-Craig with its pace of play. The plan worked well, despite 11 first-half turnovers as the Class C-2 No. 3 Hawkettes won 57-44 over the No. 7 Knights Thursday at Lincoln Southwest.

Not even going 0-fer from the field in the fourth quarter could stop Class C No. 7 North Bend Central. That's because the Tigers roared to a 15-2 run over seven minutes of the second quarter. And just when it appeared Oakland-Craig was going to come all the way back from a 34-18 deficit, NBC hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final 1 minute, 50 seconds to finish off the 48-40 win.