Pospisil: Friday night's football slate makes this reporter want to be in two places at once

No. 3 Millard South has defeated Gretna, Lincoln Pius X and Millard North by a combined score of 138-17. On Friday, No. 3 Millard West is the opponent.

Bellevue West-Elkhorn South. Millard South-Millard West. Nos. 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3.

What game does the prep rater cover this week? I don’t know yet, but I’m thinking I can’t go wrong.

Save for Millard West, the other three finally get games that figure to push them. The first three opponents were a combined 1-8 for Millard South, 2-7 for Elkhorn South and 3-6 for Bellevue West. Average margin of victory? It’s been 54 points for Bellevue West, 40.3 for Millard South, 33.3 for Elkhorn South and 21.3 for Millard West.

The Wildcats have faced the only ranked opponents, ending Omaha Burke’s 14-game winning streak 24-7 and beating Omaha North 30-13 last Friday. That same night, Bellevue West hammered then-undefeated Papillion-La Vista South 51-3, Millard South disposed of Millard North 44-7 and Elkhorn South pounded Lincoln North Star 58-13.

Elkhorn South probably has the most to prove in what rates as the tougher matchup, given Bellevue West’s explosiveness. Last year, the Storm got throttled 38-3 in the regular season but lost the playoff rematch 38-31. An upset win or a close game could keep them ahead of the rest of the pack that begins with Burke at No. 5. Another 35-point loss, however, could mean they’re in that tier, too.

Counting their Oct. 4 meeting, Elkhorn South and Millard South after this week each have three ranked teams left. No. 7 Omaha Westside and No. 9 Omaha Creighton Prep are district games for both.

Beyond the current Big Four, four more teams are undefeated in Class A. Grand Island and Prep remain eighth and ninth in the Top 10. Unranked are Fremont — 3-0 for the first time (I think) since 1986 — and Omaha South, winning its first three for the first time since 1993. Both bear watching as possible playoff teams.

There are also a middle pack of Top 10 teams at 2-1 after Lincoln Southeast scored 15 fourth-quarter points for a 22-17 comeback win over previous No. 3 Omaha Westside. Back to No. 5 — its preseason rating — is Burke, followed by Southeast and Westside.

Kearney replaces Omaha North (1-2) at No. 10. The Bearcats have back-to-back shutouts after a 32-31 loss to Grand Island.

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Other classes

Class B: Four unbeatens remain — the top three of Omaha Skutt, Scottsbluff and Waverly and No. 10 Elkhorn Mount Michael. Bennington’s win over then-No. 3 Norris and McCook’s shutout of then-No. 6 York jolted the ratings. The shakeup allowed Grand Island Northwest to pick up three spots to fourth despite a 18-13 home loss to Scottsbluff. Blair also rises after a loss.

Class C-1: Wahoo’s 28-6 win over Aurora and Pierce’s 28-14 win over Ord cause only minimal ratings drops for the losing teams.

Class C-2: Norfolk Catholic stays No. 6 though it has its first 0-3 start since 1982. And with top-ranked Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur next for the Knights, they could be 0-4 — and may not exit the ratings even then because of their daunting schedule.

Eight Man-1: Cambridge is averaging 85 points a game in a 2-0 start and enters at No. 10 in place of Nebraska Christian, which lost to once-ranked East Butler.

Eight Man-2: Kenesaw slides from fourth to eighth after losing 54-42 to now-No. 7 Pleasanton. Hartington-Newcastle and Sandhills/Thedford replace Blue Hill and Osmond.

Six Man: No. 4 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family won 33-6 at Sterling to sink the Jets from fourth to eighth.

Top games Friday

Class A: Elkhorn South at Bellevue West, Millard South at Millard West, Columbus at Fremont, Lincoln Southwest at Elkhorn, Papillion-La Vista South at Kearney, Lincoln Southeast at Lincoln East, Omaha North at Omaha Burke.

Class B: Omaha Skutt at York, Grand Island Northwest at Aurora, Bennington at Seward, Blair at Norris, McCook at Beatrice, Plattsmouth at Elkhorn Mount Michael, Sterling (Colorado) at Scottsbluff.

Class C-1: Adams Central at Gothenburg, Ashland-Greenwood at Boys Town, Pierce at Columbus Scotus, Ogallala at Kearney Catholic.

Class C-2: BRLD at Norfolk Catholic, Centennial at Sutton, David City at Hartington CC, Grand Island CC at North Bend.

Eight Man-1: Norfolk Lutheran at Wakefield, Wisner-Pilger at Madison.

Eight Man-2: Johnson-Brock at Lawrence-Nelson, Kenesaw at Twin Loup,

Six Man: Maywood-HC at Creek Valley, Sterling at Harvard.

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