Guess what, Wahoo. You’re No. 1 in The World-Herald’s book. Finally.

A school that has been playing football since the 1890s — when future baseball hall of famer Sam Crawford was there — and had undefeated teams in the early 1960s, never got past No. 2 in the rankings (and I scoured the archives).

Wahoo was more successful getting Top 10 recognition from longtime TV talk show host David Letterman.

Until now.

The Warriors’ 47-0 home win over Wayne coupled with Aurora’s 24-8 loss to Adams Central, boosted the preseason No. 2 team into the lead for the first time.

Holding it won’t be a cinch. Seven of their remaining eight opponents won their season openers and the exception was Aurora, which comes to Saunders County in two weeks.

In this week’s ratings, Aurora is fourth, Wahoo Neumann seventh, Columbus Lakeview ninth and Columbus Scotus is pounding on the door after a 27-19 win over Class C-2 preseason No. 1 David City Aquinas.

Two more first-time No. 1s are BRLD (Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur) in Class C-2 and Norfolk Lutheran in Eight Man-1. BRLD moved up from No. 2 by beating ranked Hartington Cedar Catholic 38-20 and Aquinas losing to Scotus. Lutheran was idle on the opening weekend — it’s the last year eight-man teams have nine weeks to play eight games — while preseason No. 1 Creighton lost 28-22 to new No. 4 Wakefield.

One more note about Wahoo. Its only perfect season in the modern era was 1963, when six-man running back legend Denny Korinek coached the 9-0 Warriors. Yet then-prep rater Gregg McBride ranked them third behind one-loss teams York and Crete.

While McBride’s rationale was York and Crete played stronger schedules with a sprinkling of small Class A schools (Fairbury, Beatrice and Nebraska City), the top three played three common opponents and Wahoo won two of the three score comparisons. Glad it was him in the pre-playoff era and not me.

Ratings comments

Top 10/Class A: Burke-Southeast was only one of three thrillers on the opening week. Omaha Creighton Prep stopped Omaha North at the goal line in regulation and overtime and Pat Foley’s field goal lifted the Junior Jays to a 24-21 win, while Grand Island matched Kearney’s two-touchdown burst in the fourth quarter to pull out a 32-31 win that must be the highest-scoring one-pointer in series history.

As a result, Burke is fourth and Southeast fifth, Prep ninth and North 10th and Grand Island rises to eighth while Kearney remains the first team outside the ratings.

Class B: Hastings pulled the shocker of opening night, ending a 17-game losing streak to then-No. 3 McCook with a 30-7 road victory. The Tigers enter at No. 9 in time to host No. 2 Scottsbluff on Friday. McCook tumbles to 10th. Waverly beat then-No. 7 Seward 28-7.

Class C-1: Pierce and Adams Central also rise past Aurora into second and third. All other ranked teams won, leaving no room to bring in Scotus.

Class C-2: St. Paul may have its highest ranking ever. The Wildcats are second after their 34-13 win over C-1 Central City and the losses by now-No. 3 Aquinas and No. 4 Norfolk Catholic (35-14 to Pierce). Shelby-Rising City is 10th after its 7-3 win over Battle Creek that drops the Braves out.

Eight Man-1: New No. 9 East Butler won 30-20 at preseason No. 3 West Point Guardian Angels and No. 10 Elmwood-Murdock ended defending Eight Man 2 champion Johnson-Brock’s 13-game winning streak on a 74-42 decision.

Eight Man-2: In are No. 7 Central Valley (58-20 over preseason No. 4 Riverside), No. 8 Twin Loup, No. 9 Blue Hill and No. 10 Osmond. Out are Johnson-Brock, Riverside, Overton and Clarkson-Leigh.

Six Man: In are defending champion Wilcox-Hildreth, Sioux County and Dorchester and out are Minatare, Hay Springs and Walthill.

Stormy starts

Chambers/Wheeler Central/Ewing’s home game against Hartington-Newcastle will be completed at Ewing at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20, when both teams had open dates. Lightning stopped the game with 10:33 left in the third quarter with CWCE leading 14-8. Games completed on Saturday were O’Neill’s 20-13 home win over Boone Central and Garden County’s 62-20 win at Kimball.

Encroachment or offsides?

In Omaha Burke’s 16-14 win Thursday over Lincoln Southeast, Bulldogs wide receiver Xavier Watts was called for encroachment when he touched a Southeast player before the snap — blowing the play dead and negating the Knights’ successful field goal. Had Watts not touched the player but was across the line of scrimmage at the snap — an offside penalty — play would have continued and Southeast given the choice of the play result or the 5 yards for the penalty.

On the re-kick, Burke’s Brayden Pommier-Williams blocked it as time expired.

Top games Friday

Class A: Om. Burke-Millard West at Buell, Creighton Prep at Om. Central, Lincoln SW-Lincoln SE at Seacrest (8 p.m.).

Class B: Om. Skutt at Om. Roncalli, Waverly at Bennington, York at Blair, Norris at Crete, Scottsbluff at Hastings, McCook at Grand Island Northwest.

Class C-1: Kearney Catholic at Aurora, Lin. Lutheran at Wahoo Neumann, Central City at Columbus Scotus, Ogallala at Valentine.

Class C-2: Norfolk Catholic at Columbus Scotus, LV/SS at North Bend, Oakland-Craig at Hartington CC, Wilber-Clatonia at Sutton.

Eight Man-1: Dundy Co.-Stratton at Wauneta-Palisade, East Butler at Wisner-Pilger, BDS at Elmwood-Murdock, Fullerton at Osceola/High Plains, Howells-Dodge vs. West Point GACC at Beemer, Weeping Water at Heartland.

Eight Man-2: Falls City Sacred Heart at Lawrence-Nelson, Bloomfield at O’Neill St. Mary’s.

Six Man: Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at McCool Junction, Maywood-Hayes Center at Silver Lake, Crawford at Potter-Dix, Arthur County at Cody-Kilgore.

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