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Pius X vs. Lincoln Southeast, prep football, 10.3.18

Lincoln Southeast's Austin Rutledge (14) celebrates with teammate Brehan Lambert (16) after scoring on a kickoff return moments after Pius X scored first in the second quarter on Thursday at Seacrest Field. 

Class A

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. Omaha Burke (7-0) | 1 | at Millard North

2. Bellevue West (7-0) | 2 | at O. North

3. Omaha Westside (7-0) | 4 | Columbus

4. Millard West (6-1) | 5 | at L. East

5. Grand Island (6-1) | 3 | L. Southwest

6. Millard South (6-1) | 6 | at Creighton Prep

7. Lincoln High (5-2) | 7 | Kearney

8. Creighton Prep (5-2) | - | Millard South

9. Omaha North (4-3) | - | Bellevue West

10. Lincoln Southeast (4-3) | - | at Papillion-LVS

Contenders: Elkhorn South, Lincoln Southwest, Kearney, Lincoln Pius X.

Comments: Grand Island quarterback Cole Evans injured his ankle and exited in the first quarter of a double overtime loss to Millard West, an injury that could affect the Islanders down the stretch. Lincoln Southeast’s win over previous No. 8 Lincoln Pius X, Lincoln Southwest’s victory against previous No. 10 Kearney and Westside’s triumph over last week’s No. 9 Elkhorn South shook up the bottom three spots of the top 10. Southeast handed Southwest (6-1) its only loss of the season in Week 2 and that gives the Knights the nod over the Silver Hawks at No. 10. Bellevue West has one of the best rush defenses in the state, so the matchup against Omaha North Super-State back Zander Gray is one of strength vs. strength. Millard South has two tough games to end the regular season — at Creighton Prep on Friday and at home against Omaha Westside on Oct. 18.

Class B

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. McCook (7-0) | 1 | Gering

2. Omaha Skutt (7-0) | 2 | at O. Gross

3. Scottsbluff (7-0) | 3 | at Alliance

4. York (5-2) | 4 | at Seward

5. Northwest (3-4) | 5 | at Crete

6. Seward (6-1) | 6 | York

7. Waverly (5-2) | 7 | Plattsmouth

8. Omaha Roncalli (5-2) | 8 | Schuyler

9. Blair (5-2) | 9 | Bennington

10. Hastings (3-4) |10 | at Beatrice

Contenders: Norris, Bennington, Alliance.

Comments: No changes again this week in the top 10 since everything went according to form. The top four teams continue to rule over everyone else as Skutt defeated Waverly and York came from behind to down Northwest. Seward will take its crack at breaking through when the Bluejays host York on Friday.

Class C-1

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. Pierce (7-0) | 1 | at West Pt.-Beemer

2. Aurora (7-0) | 2 | Milford

3. Wahoo (5-1) | 3 | Col. Lakeview

4. Ord (6-1) | 5 | Valentine

5. Bishop Neumann (5-2) | 6 | at Raymond Central

6. Columbus Lakeview (5-2) | 7 | at Wahoo

7. West Point-Beemer (6-1) | 8 | Pierce

8. Adams Central (5-2) |9 | Kearney Cath.

9. Lincoln Lutheran (5-2) | - | Falls City

10. Auburn (6-1) | 4 | L. Christian

Contenders: Ashland-Greenwood, Gothenburg, Cozad, Wayne, Central City, Columbus Scotus.

Comments: Lincoln Lutheran enters after its win over previous No. 4 Auburn, which slips six spots. Two games this week pairs up rated teams — No. 1 Pierce at No. 7 West Point-Beemer and No. 6 Columbus Lakeview at No. 3 Wahoo.

Class C-2

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. Norfolk Catholic (6-1) | 1 | at Stanton

2. Centennial (7-0) | 2 | at David City

3. Oakland-Craig (7-0) | 3 | Yutan

4. BRLD (6-1) | 4 | Arch. Bergan

5. Aquinas (4-3) | 5 | Twin River

6. Sutton (6-1) | 6 | Superior

7. Wilber-Clatonia (6-1) | 7 | at Conestoga

8. Doniphan-Trumbull (6-1) |9 | Hastings SC

9. North Bend Central (5-2) | 8 | at Shelby-RC

10. Shelby-Rising City (5-2) |10 | NB Central

Contenders: Hastings SC, Freeman, Battle Creek, Archbishop Bergan, Hartington CC, St. Paul.

Comments: North Bend Central takes a slight dip for a 38-point loss at Aquinas. Hastings St. Cecilia (6-1) gets an opportunity to move in next week with a game at Doniphan-Trumbull.

Class D-1

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. BDS (6-0) | 1 | Cross County

2. Creighton (6-0) | 2 | at West Holt

3. Burwell (6-0) | 3 | South Loup

4. South Loup (6-0) | 4 | at Burwell

5. Exeter-Milligan/Friend (6-0) | 6 | Neb. Luth.

6. Nebraska Christian (6-0) | 7 | at Ravenna

7. Wakefield (4-2) | - | Winnebago

8. Lutheran High NE (5-1) | 8 | Madison

9. Guardian Angels CC (5-1) | 5 | Homer

10. Howells-Dodge (4-2) | - | at Laurel-C-C

Contenders: Fullerton, Ravenna, Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, Cross County, Dundy Co.-Stratton, Lourdes CC.

Comments: Wakefield’s win over Guardian Angels CC and Nebraska Christian’s victory against Fullerton mixed up the bottom of the top 10. Someone is guaranteed to fall from the unbeaten ranks this week as South Loup plays at Burwell.

Class D-2

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. Johnson-Brock (6-0) | 1 | at Meridian

2. Falls City SH (6-0) | 2 | Pawnee City

3. Clearwater-Orchard (5-1) | 3 | at St. Mary’s

4. Humphrey SF (6-0) | 4 | Riverside

5. Mullen (6-0) | 5 | at Maxwell

6. Riverside (6-0) | 6 | at Humphrey SF

7. Bloomfield (6-0) | 7 | Wynot

8. Kenesaw (6-0) |9 | at Blue Hill

9. Randolph (5-1) | 8 | Allen

10. Sandhills/Thedford (5-1) | 10 | Brady

Contenders: Allen, Bertrand, Clarkson/Leigh, Garden County, Meridian, Overton.

Comments: Randolph takes a slight demotion for its first loss to Bloomfield. Riverside, winners of the last four six-man state titles, will put its 43-game winning streak on the line Friday at Humphrey St. Francis in a battle of unbeatens.

Six-man

School (Record) | Pvs. | This week

1. Harvard (6-0) | 1 | Silver Lake

2. Wilcox-Hildreth (6-0) | 2 | at S-E-M

3. Hyannis (6-0) | 3 | Hay Springs

4. Hay Springs (6-0) | 4 | at Hyannis

5. McCool Junction (5-1) | 6 | Dorchester

6. Minatare (5-1) | 7 | at Potter-Dix

7. Spalding Academy (4-2) | 8 | Santee

8. Humphrey/LHF (4-2) | 9 | at St. Edward

9. Sterling (3-3) | - | Lewiston

10. Deshler (3-3) | 5 | at Hampton

Contenders: Eustis-Farnam, Cody-Kilgore, S-E-M, Red Cloud.

Comments: Sterling’s win over Deshler shakes up this week’s order. McCool Junction’s game with Lewiston was postponed from Friday to Monday.

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

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Sports reporter

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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