Husker quarterback recruit Luke McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado) helped lead Valor Christian to a 31-29 win against Grandview in the Class 5A state semifinals. McCaffrey threw for 99 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards and another score as Valor Christian built an early 21-0 lead.
McCaffrey will see another future Husker on the other side in the state final. NU offensive line recruit Michael Lynn (Englewood, Colorado) helped lead Cherry Creek to a 10-7 win against Columbine. It's Cherry Creek's second straight appearance in the state final, which is set for Saturday in Denver.
Husker tight end recruit Chris Hickman (Omaha Burke) had three catches for 63 yards in the Bulldogs' 24-20 win against Grand Island in the Class A state final. Teammate Nick Henrich, a NU linebacker recruit, had 3½ tackles before exiting with a knee injury. Wide receiver Xavier Watts, who has a Husker offer, had 11 catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Husker defensive end recruit Garrett Nelson (Scottsbluff) had eight tackles, including two for losses, in the Bearcats' 48-27 loss to Omaha Skutt in the Class B state final.
NU defensive line recruit Ethan Piper (Norfolk Catholic) had 5½ tackles in the Knights' 29-28 overtime loss to Centennial in the Class C-2 state final.
NU offensive line recruit Bryce Benhart (Lakeville, Minnesota) is a state champion. The 6-foot-8, 305-pounder helped pave the way in Lakeville North's 28-21 win against Eden Prairie in the Class 6A state championship game. Lakeville North ran the ball 54 times for 170 yards.
|Matthew Anderson||OT||6-7||250||Leesville, La.||***|
|Bryce Benhart||OT||6-9||305||Lakeville, Minn. (North)||****|
|Desmond Bland||OL||6-4||300||Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.)||****|
|Darien Chase||WR||6-1||175||Vancouver, Wash. (Union)||****|
|Myles Farmer||DB||6-3||180||Atlanta (Westlake)||***|
|Jamin Graham||OLB||6-6||240||Attalla, Ala. (Etowah)||***|
|Jackson Hannah||ILB||6-3||220||Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell)||****|
|Nick Henrich||ILB||6-4||210||Omaha (Burke)||****|
|Chris Hickman||TE||6-5||220||Omaha (Burke)||***|
|Rahmir Johnson||RB||5-10||170||Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)||****|
|Michael Lynn||OT||6-7||300||Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek)||***|
|Luke McCaffrey||QB||6-3||185||Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)||***|
|Dedrick Mills||RB||5-10||227||Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.)||***|
|Jamie Nance||WR||6-0||170||Blanchard, Okla.||***|
|Mosai Newsom||DE||6-5||260||Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock)||***|
|Quinton Newsome||DB||6-2||180||Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)||***|
|Ethan Piper||DL||6-4||275||Norfolk (Catholic)||***|
|Wandale Robinson||RB||5-9||180||Frankfurt, Ky. (Western Hills)||****|
|Ronald Thompkins||RB||6-0||203||Loganville, Ga. (Grayson)||***|
|Javin Wright||DB||6-3||195||Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton)||***|
Husker offensive line recruit Matt Anderson (Leesville, Louisiana) helped get the Wampus Cats' rushing attack going (224 yards) in a 53-49 come-from-behind win against St. Martinville in a state quarterfinal game.
NU running back recruit Rahmir Johnson (Oradell, New Jersey) rushed for 59 yards on 17 carries in Bergen Catholic's 13-0 loss to St. Joseph Regional in the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 state championship game at MetLife Stadium.
According to the (Tacoma) News Tribune, Union played most of its state semifinal game against Puyallup without Husker wide receiver recruit Darien Chase (Camas, Washington), who suffered an abdominal injury. Union won the game 35-28 to advance to the Washington Class 4A final.