Plenty of parity in Class B

Omaha Skutt is the team to beat in Class B, but the first three weeks of the season have shown no shortage of contenders in the class.

On Friday, No. 2 Scottsbluff rallied to beat No. 7 Grand Island Northwest 18-13 as Sabastian Harsh scored his third touchdown with 1:17 left; No. 3 Norris lost to Bennington 43-33; No. 4 Omaha Roncalli lost at No. 5 Waverly 48-33; and No. 6 York was shut out by McCook, which had started the season 0-2.

Waverly rolled up 614 rushing yards as three backs went over 100 yards, while behind QB Jack Dotzler, Roncalli had more than 400 yards through the air.

Packers packin’ an early punch

Omaha South improved to 3-0 with a 62-0 win over Omaha Benson. The Packers haven’t won four games in a season since 2005. They’ve outscored their opponents 165-12 and only one team on their schedule — Bellevue West — currently has a winning record.

Chieftains snap losing streak

Bellevue East broke a 19-game losing streak with a 27-0 win over Omaha Northwest. East hadn’t won since its 2017 opener.

A long winning streak also ended Friday when Battle Creek edged Centennial 15-13, snapping the Broncos’ 15-game run. It was tied 13-13 in the third quarter when Battle Creek recorded a safety and that lead stood up.

Points aplenty in opening quarter

Norfolk Lutheran scored 59 points in the first quarter in its 87-28 win over Omaha Nation. Norfolk Lutheran, top-ranked in Eight Man-1, will have stiff challenges the next two weeks against No. 4 Wakefield and No. 3 Howells-Dodge. Howells-Dodge edged Wakefield 30-28 Friday.

Top performers

Zavier Betts, Jay Ducker, Bellevue West

The stars were out for the Thunderbirds in their 51-3 win over Papio South. Betts caught four passes for 200 yards while Ducker had 287 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries.

Jake McGregor, Omaha Gross

His seven touchdown passes and 333 yards helped the Cougars to their first win.

Evan Tessendorf, Columbus Lakeview

Rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 28-6 win over Boone Central.

Cale Jacobsen, Ashland-Greenwood

Sophomore intercepted two passes, returned a fumble for a touchdown and caught a TD pass in a win over Fairbury.

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