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Prep football ratings, 10/21

Prep football ratings, 10/21

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Grand Island vs. Lincoln Southwest, 10.18

Grand Island's Carson Cahoy looks to pass under pressure from Lincoln Southwest's Preston McBride (77) while Grand Island's Carter Schrunk trails behind Friday at Seacrest Field.

Class A

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. Bellevue West (8-0) | 1 | Omaha Central

2. Millard West (8-0) | 2 | at Lincoln North Star

3. Millard South (7-1) | 3 | at Omaha Westside

4. Omaha Burke (7-1) | 4 | at Papillion-La Vista

5. Lincoln Southeast (7-1) | 5 | vs. Lincoln Northeast

6. Omaha Westside (7-1) | 6 | Millard South

7. Grand Island (7-1) | 7 | at Lincoln East

8. Kearney (6-2) | 8 | at North Platte

9. Elkhorn South (5-3) | 9 | at Creighton Prep

10. Creighton Prep (6-2) | 10 | Elkhorn South

Contenders: Millard North, Omaha North.

Comments: No surprises last week means no changes in the ratings this week. The Millard South-at-Omaha Westside game Thursday is the premier matchup of Week 9 as the District 5 title will be on the line. It appears Lincoln Pius X (3-5) has secured a playoff spot and the District 2 runner-up position based on its 21-14 come-from-behind win over Norfolk Friday.

Class B

1. Omaha Skutt (8-0) | 1 | Norris

2. Waverly (7-1) | 2 | Ralston

3. Scottsbluff (8-0) | 3 | at McCook

4. Omaha Roncalli (6-2) | 4 | at Blair

5. Northwest (7-1) | 5 | at Hastings

6. Hastings (7-1) | 6 | Northwest

7. Mount Michael (7-1) | 7 | Bennington

8. Bennington (5-3) | 8 | at Mount Michael

9. Norris (6-2) | 9 | at Omaha Skutt

10. Seward (4-4) | 10 | at Beatrice

Contender: McCook.

Comments: Hastings quarterback Jarrett Synek threw a Class B state-record nine touchdown passes Friday, and the Tigers needed every one of them as they held off Beatrice’s upset bid 64-56. The regular-season finale at home against Northwest should be a shootout with Vikings quarterback Rans Sanders throwing for 1,088 yards and 12 TDs this season. The Northwest-Hastings matchup is for the undisputed District 3 title. Norris can get a share of the District 2 crown if it can upset defending state champion No. 1 Omaha Skutt, which has a 21-game winning streak.

Class C-1

1. Pierce (8-0) | 1 | at Boone Central

2. Wahoo (8-0) | 2 | Columbus Scotus

3. Adams Central (8-0) | 3 | Cozad

4. Ashland-Greenwood (8-0) | 4 | at Lincoln Lutheran

5. Aurora (5-3) | 5 | Central City

6. Columbus Scotus (7-1) | 6 | at Wahoo

7. Bishop Neumann (6-2) | 7 | Wayne

8. Ord (6-2) | 8 | at Gothenburg

9. Gothenburg (7-1) |10 | Ord

10. Kearney Catholic (6-2) | 9 | at Holdrege

Contenders: Wayne, Ogallala, Cozad.

Comments: The only change is Kearney Catholic being slightly punished for losing at home to Adams Central by 23 points. In that game, Adams Central quarterback Evan Johnson broke both the Class C-1 state career passing yards record (now has 6,919 yards) and career completions record (494). Five final regular season games -- Ashland-Greenwood at. Lincoln Lutheran (District 1), Columbus Scotus at Wahoo (District 4), Central City at Aurora (District 5), Ord at Gothenburg (District 7) and Chase County at Ogallala (District 8) – will decide district titles.

Class C-2

1. Oakland-Craig (8-0) | 2 | at BRLD

2. St. Paul (8-0) | 3 | at GICC

3. BRLD (8-0) | 1 | Oakland-Craig

4. Sutton (7-1) | 4 | Hastings SC

5. Doniphan-Trumbull (7-1) | 5 | Milford 

6. Battle Creek (7-1) | 6 | Crofton

7. Aquinas (6-2) | 7 | Shelby-RC

8. Centennial (5-3) | 8 | Twin River

9. North Bend Central (7-1) | 9 | at David City

10. Shelby-Rising City (6-2) | 10 | at Aquinas

Contenders: Hartington CC, Archbishop Bergan, Wilber-Clatonia.

Comments: Despite not having all-state wide receiver Lucas Vogt, BRLD pulled out an overtime win over Bergan, one week after Oakland-Craig destroyed Bergan 52-0, so a change at the top seemed appropriate. While the District 4 title is still very much up in the air, the top four teams -- Aquinas (3-1 in district play), Centennial (3-1), North Bend Central (3-1) and Shelby-Rising City (2-2) -- are all in the top 10 in wild-card standings, so all four appear to be in good shape to make the 16-team playoff field. The Wilber-Clatonia-at-Malcolm game Friday is for the District 1 title as both teams are 4-0 in district play.

Class D-1

1. Howells-Dodge (7-0) | 1 | Madison

2. Wakefield (6-1) | 2 | at Wisner-Pilger

3. Elm Creek (7-0) | 3 | Arcadia-LC

4. BDS (7-0) | 4 | at Thayer Central

5. Cambridge (7-0) | 7 | Hitchcock County

6. Elmwood-Murdock (6-1) | 6 | Palmyra

7. Wisner-Pilger (7-0) | 8 | Wakefield

8. Dundy Co.-Stratton (6-1) | 5 | at Southwest

9. Lutheran High NE (5-2) | 9 | Neligh-Oakdale

10. Sutherland (7-0) | - | at Morrill

Contenders: Neligh-Oakdale, Ravenna, Fullerton, West Holt, Burwell, Arcadia-Loup City, Osceola-High Plains.

Comments: Cambridge’s win at Dundy County-Stratton and Neligh-Oakdale’s loss to Elkhorn Valley account for this week’s changes. Wakefield, which is ineligible for the playoffs, get a playoff-type game at undefeated Wisner-Pilger to finish the season. The Arcadia-Loup City at Elm Creek game is for the District 8 title as both teams are unbeaten in district play.

Class D-2

1. Humphrey SF (7-0) | 1 | Plainview

2. Falls City SH (7-0) | 2 | Johnson-Brock

3. Bloomfield (7-0) | 3 | Hartington-Newcastle

4. Johnson-Brock (6-1) | 4 | at Falls City SH

5. Kenesaw (6-1) | 5 | Giltner

6. Central Valley (7-0) | 6 | at Stuart

7. Plainview (7-0) | 7 | at Humphrey SF

8. Sandhills/Thed. (7-0) | 8 | at Medicine Valley

9. Garden County (8-0) | 10 | bye

10. CWCE (6-1) | 9 | Clearwater-Orchard

Contenders: Clarkson/Leigh, Axtell, Allen, Overton, Elwood.

Comments: Central Valley won the battle of unbeatens against CWCE, which loses a spot as a result. A pair of district title games -- Johnson Brock at Falls City Sacred Heart (District 1) and Plainview at Humphrey St. Francis (District 4) -- will feel like playoff contests.

Six-man

1. Harvard (7-0) | 1 | Hampton

2. McCool Jct. (8-0) | 2 | bye

3. Humphrey/LHF (6-1) | 3 | Santee

4. Creek Valley (7-0) | 5 | Minatare

5. Cody-Kilgore (7-0) | 6 | at South Platte

6. Sioux County (6-1) | 4 | Hay Springs

7. Sterling (4-3) | 7 | at Dorchester

8. Arthur County (5-2) | 8 | at Potter-Dix

9. Red Cloud (5-2) | - | Maywood-Hayes Center

10. Heartland Lutheran (5-2) | - | at Silver Lake

Contenders: Maywood-Hayes Center, Eustis-Farnam, Crawford.

Comments: Creek Valley’s win over Sioux County shakes up the middle of the top 10. Crawford and McPherson County/Stapleton both lost and dropped out, replaced by Red Cloud and Heartland Lutheran.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime 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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