Friday’s game

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No. 2 Wilcox-Hildreth (11-0) vs. No. 3 Hays Springs (11-0), Cope Stadium, Nebraska-Kearney, 7 p.m.: An intriguing matchup between Wilcox-Hildreth’s high-powered offense (233 points in three playoff games) and Hays Springs’ defense, which shut out No. 6 Minatare for the second time this season in last Friday’s semifinals (38-0). Senior AJ Jenkins does it all for Wilcox-Hildreth with 2,556 yards rushing and 42 touchdowns, 16 pass receptions for 305 yards and seven scores. On defense, he has a team-high 150 tackles to go with five fumble recoveries (three returned for TDs) and an interception return for a touchdown. He went off for 354 yards rushing and five TDs while also registering 21 tackles in the Falcons’ 63-50 win over No. 1 Harvard in the semifinals. Senior Trent Reed leads Hay Springs' offense with 2,332 yards rushing and 35 TDs, while junior teammate Bryce Running Hawk is a force defensively with 134 tackles, an interception and three fumble recoveries.

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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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