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Lincoln Southeast at Omaha Burke, 11/2/18

Omaha Burke's James Burks (14) runs the ball during the first half against Lincoln Southeast in a Class A quarterfinal last Friday in Omaha.

Friday's games

Class A

No. 9 Millard West (9-2) at No. 1 Omaha Burke (11-0), Burke Stadium, 7 p.m.: Millard West’s running game and blocking up front proved to be too much for No. 3 Omaha Westside in the Wildcats’ 28-21 win in the quarterfinals. Dan Sullivan went for 202 yards on 23 carries and Jackson Wright added 86 yards and three TD runs. Burke won the first game between these teams 31-14 in Week 2. The Wildcats held down all-state Bulldog back James Burks to 59 yards, but his backup, Jaylon Roussell rushed for 114 yards and quarterback Tyler Chadwick threw for 212 and two TDs. It will be a game-time decision whether Super-State linebacker and Nebraska recruit Nick Henrich plays after sitting out Burke’s last three games with a knee injury.

No. 10 Grand Island (9-2) at No. 5 Bellevue West (10-1), Faiman Field, 7 p.m.: Both teams pulled off second-half comebacks in the quarterfinals to advance. Jay Ducker rushed for 209 yards and three TDs, two of which came in the third quarter, to lead Bellevue West to its 38-31 win over Elkhorn South after trailing by six points at halftime. This is Bellevue West’s third semifinal appearance in the past four years. After wiping out a 24-point deficit to Omaha North in the first round, the Islanders erased a 10-point margin in the final 10 minutes with back-to-back TD drives of 72 and 74 yards to get past Millard South 27-24.

Class B

No. 1 Omaha Skutt (11-0) at No. 7 Waverly (9-2), 7 p.m.: Skutt, which rolled up 61 points in the quarterfinals against Blair, won the regular-season game against Waverly 30-14 in Week 7. Jarod Epperson proved to be too much for the Vikings in the early October matchup, going for 205 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, the last one a 60-yarder in the fourth quarter. The Vikings had difficulty running against Skutt, gaining a season-low 140 yards, but quarterback Rhett Jordon threw two touchdown passes to Jay Adams (52 and 34 yards) to keep Waverly as close as 17-14 in the final period. Look for Waverly to try to get both Jordon (1,413 yards rushing; 297 last week against McCook) and running back Kaleb Canoyer (1,258) going this time.

No. 4 York (9-2) at No. 2 Scottsbluff (11-0), 6 p.m. MST: Sprained ankles on both legs limited York’s multi-talented Super-Stater and Nebraska recruit Garrett Snodgrass against Seward, but the Dukes found a way to post a 23-20 quarterfinal win and move one step closer to defending their state championship. Scottsbluff overcame a 38-14 halftime deficit to Omaha Roncalli with 46 straight points after intermission to win 60-38. Keegan Reifschneider caught five TD passes and teammate Chris Busby rushed for 367 yards and three TDs. Scottsbluff, which features Nebraska recruit and Super-State defensive end Garrett Nelson, will be looking to avenge its quarterfinal loss to York in last year’s playoffs.

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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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