Thursday

Omaha South (1-6) at Lincoln Southeast (3-4), Seacrest Field, 7 p.m.: Southeast snapped a three-game losing streak with a 12-point win at Bellevue East. The Knights should be heavily favored in this one as well as they look to stay in playoff contention heading into a showdown next week with Grand Island to end the regular season.

Friday

Class A No. 6 Lincoln High (7-0) vs. Lincoln Southwest (5-2), Seacrest Field, 4:30 p.m.: This will be the undefeated Links’ stiffest test since beating Lincoln Pius X in Week 2. Lincoln High’s defense and running game have made steady progress in recent weeks and complement the explosive passing game led by quarterback Cedric Case and wide receivers Zion Perry and CJ Jones. The Silver Hawks have a potent combination of their own in quarterback Jakob Ahlschwede and wide receiver Justin Holm, a Nebraska walk-on recruit .

Lincoln Pius X (4-3) at Lincoln East (2-5), Seacrest Field, 8 p.m.: A huge game for Pius X in terms of playoff implications, especially having top-ranked Omaha North as its final opponent. The Spartans may be reeling a bit after losses of 37 and 31 points the past two weeks to Omaha North and No. 9 Millard South, but expect them to come out fired up for the chance to win their last two regular-season games.

Lincoln North Star (2-5) at Class A No. 4 Omaha Burke (6-1), 7 p.m.: Burke is coming off a loss to Omaha North, so the junior trio of linebacker Nick Henrich, tight end Chris Hickman (both of whom have Nebraska scholarship offers) and running back James Burks should be very motivated to make things right again.

Lincoln Northeast (2-5) at Papillion-La Vista (2-5), Foundation Field, Papio South, 7 p.m.: The Monarchs have one of the best running backs in Class A in 210-pound senior Jerome Barnes, who has 1,140 yards through seven games, while junior quarterback Conner Barnett is a threat both running (655 yards) and passing (543).

Norris (4-3) at Waverly (4-3), 7 p.m.: Behind the running of Super-State senior Austin Schultz and the defensive play of sophomore Tyler Ruhl and junior Cade Argo, Norris has won three straight, despite not having senior standout linebacker/tight end Bryce Stai the past two weeks. The matchup of rivals looks even on paper as both will look to establish their running game. Waverly’s option is potent with junior quarterback Rhett Jordon and junior running back Kaleb Canoyer.

Class B No. 3 York (6-1) at Seward (4-3), Concordia University, 7 p.m.: York seems to be hitting its stride now that the Dukes have a healthy Simon Otte to go with all the other standout athletes they possess. Nebraska defensive tackle recruit Masry Mapieu was slowed by an ankle injury last week, but York expects to have him full-speed by Friday. Seward junior quarterback Joseph Krause was 20-of-35 for 250 yards passing last week against Northwest to improve his season total to 1,745.

Lincoln Christian (4-3) at Milford-Dorchester (4-3), 7 p.m.: Milford is 3-0 in district play, so a win here sets up a title game at C-1 No. 5 Fairbury next Thursday. Behind the running attack of Mitch Wingard and Nate Mensik, the Eagles are riding a three-game winning streak. Christian squeaked out a 26-20 win at Ashland-Greenwood last week to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Class C-1 No. 2 Aquinas (7-0) at Class C-1 No. 6 Wahoo (6-1), 7 p.m.: Aquinas has not been scored on in 10 quarters, but Wahoo’s explosive running back Dylan Egr and the throwing of quarterback Cameron Quick will test the Monarchs. Aquinas will have a size advantage up front, led by senior all-stater Kyle Ruth.

Mead (3-3) at Parkview Christian (3-3), 4 p.m.: Mead is led by senior quarterback Josh Quinn, who rushed for 105 of the 453 yards he has this season in a 36-16 win last week over Weeping Water. A key game if either team wants a spot in the 32-team playoff field.

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Ron Powell is a long-time prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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