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Class B state football: A tale-of-the-tape look at Aurora, Elkhorn

Class B state football: A tale-of-the-tape look at Aurora, Elkhorn

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Elkhorn's Aiden Young dodges a tackle from Waverly's Evan Canoyer earlier this season.

They have a combined 65 playoff appearances and eight state titles between them. On Friday, Class B heavyweights Aurora and Elkhorn take aim at more history.

Game info: 6 p.m., Friday, Elkhorn High School, livestream — netNebraska.org.

Last-minute touchdown pass lands Elkhorn back home in Class B state title game
High school football championship games moved out of Memorial Stadium

No. 8 Aurora

Record: 9-3.

Coach: Kyle Peterson.

Road to finals: First round—beat Scottsbluff 54-3; quarterfinals—beat No. 6 Norris 28-21; semifinals—beat No. 9 Plattsmouth 21-12.

State playoff appearances: 34; state titles in 2008 (Class B), 2009 (Class B) and 2018 (Class C-1).

Impact players: QB/DB Ethan Shaw, sr., 149-for-246 passing for 1,850 yards and 18 TDs, 1,033 rushing yards; RB/LB Mack Owens, jr., 201 carries for 1,104 yards and 15 TDs; WR/S Jameson Herzberg, sr., 44 catches for 532 yards and 4 TDs, 69 tackles, 8 INT; WR/LB Brady Collingham, sr., 122 tackles, 4 fumble recoveries.

Bread and butter

Offensively, Aurora can beat you multiple ways. Shaw is one of the state's top dual-threat quarterbacks and he has several targets in the passing game. Herzberg leads the team with 44 catches, senior Andrew Bell has 36 catches, senior Jacob Settles has 24 and senior Daniel Elge has 21. The Huskies can also take over on the ground with a 1,000-yard rusher in Owens. They can change it up with backup RBs Carlos Collazo (255 rushing yards), Settles (206) and sophomore Britton Kemling (149).

No. 4 Elkhorn

Record: 10-2.

Coach: Mark Wortman.

Road to finals: First round—beat Omaha Gross 53-7; quarterfinals—beat No. 1 Waverly 41-16; semifinals—beat No. 3 Hastings 33-28.

State playoff appearances: 31; state champions in 1989, 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2011.

Impact players: RB/CB Aiden Young, sr., 203 carries for 1,372 yards and 20 TDs, 10 catches for 180 yards; TE/LB Drew Christo, sr., 33 catches for 433 yards and 3 TDs, 70 tackles; QB Grant Gutschow, sr., 1,715 passing yards and 15 TDs; WR/S Hayden Stec, jr. 81 tackles, 3 INTs.

Bread and butter

A talented group of seniors leads the way for the Antlers. Seven seniors start on offense and seven start on defense. Young, who will walk on at Nebraska, takes on a heavy load in the ground game, but the Antlers can also threaten in the passing game. Christo, a 6-foot-4 Nebraska baseball recruit, is a mismatch for a lot of defenders at tight end, and Gannon Gragert leads the team in catches (34), receiving yards (621) and receiving touchdowns (eight). The Antlers' experience played a big part in their rally at Hastings last week.

Week 7 in review: A look at the Prep Extra team's coverage of the high school football action

We've got game stories. We've got photos. We've got videos and notes. And yes, we have the Friday night stars. Here's our Week 7 content. 

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Nigel Bridger scored three touchdowns as Class A No. 5 Lincoln Southeast (7-0) rolled to a 49-16 win at Bellevue East on Friday night.

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The sophomore QB completed 12 of 15 passes for 120 yards in the second quarter, including a 3-yard TD connection to Matthew Rink.

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Pius X coach Ryan Kearney: “We did a lot of good things, and there’s stuff that we’ve got to clean up still."

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Kearney scored on its first offensive play of the game and never relented, as the Bearcats scored TDs on each of their first four possessions. 

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The Class B No. 6 Vikings pitched their third shutout at home with a 36-0 dismantling of No. 7 Plattsmouth on Senior Night on Friday.

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Leading by one score at halftime, Matthew Schuster ran for for 181 yards in the second half on just four carries in the second half to lead the way.

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Lincoln Lutheran made a second-half push, but Bishop Neumann held off the Warriors 19-7 in a Class C-2 football game Friday in Wahoo.

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Take a trip to the film room — and check out the loose ends from the Spartans' win in the first end of the doubleheader at Seacrest Field. 

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Turnovers, penalties and taking advantage of opportunities proved more important than stats in eighth-ranked East’s 21-7 victory over the Bulldogs.

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The fifth-ranked Bluejays beat Wahoo 47-22 on Friday night in Wahoo as Ashland-Greenwood improved to 7-0. Journal Star photos by Kenneth Ferriera.

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The Silver Hawks defeated Papillion-La Vista 25-14 on Friday night at Seacrest Field. Journal Star photos by Francis Gardler

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The Lincoln East football team beat North Platte 21-7 for its fifth win this season. Journal Star photos by Francis Gardler

 

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