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.

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. The stories will start with the smallest classes and work up, and are based on last season’s final Top 10 ratings. This week, Class C-1 is featured, with Nos. 10-5 today.

When West Point-Beemer and Norfolk Catholic lined up across the net from each other, both young squads were hoping to overcome pitfalls and play with ‘mid-season’ quality in terms of concentration and consistency.

The third game in a span of four days for Class C No. 4 West Point-Beemer turned out to be the toughest. For a while, Class D No. 7 Pender looked every bit like the trap the Cadets feared, thanks in part to a 1-3-1 defense that the Pendragons hadn't used all year.

For as back-and-forth as Tuesday's game between preseason Class C No. 3 West Point-Beemer and No. 5 Stanton was, it was probably fitting that it came down to the final possession.

Class C No. 4 Norfolk Catholic used a high-pressure defense to seize control, and stayed relentless in punching its return to the Class C1 state tournament Friday night at Columbus High School with a 49-30 win over No. 6 West Point-Beemer.

Three individual championships and a few runners-up helped propel West Point-Beemer to its second-straight East Husker Conference wrestling title Saturday in Pender.