November 1, 2014

High school football 2014 playoff pairings with days and times

Class A Friday’s games, opening round

No. 16 Lincoln Southwest (4-5) at No. 1 Omaha North (9-0), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Kearney (6-3) at No. 8 Norfolk (7-2), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Omaha Westside (5-4) at No. 5 Millard West (6-3), 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Columbus (5-4) at No. 4 Grand Island (8-1), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Omaha Burke (4-5) at No. 3 Creighton Prep (8-1), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Omaha Central (6-3) at No. 6 Lincoln East (7-2), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Papillion-La Vista South (6-3) at No. 7 Bellevue West (6-3), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Bellevue East (4-5) at No. 2 Millard North (9-0), 4 p.m.

Nov. 7 quarterfinals

Southwest-Omaha North winner vs. Kearney-Norfolk winner
Omaha Westside-Millard West winner vs. Columbus-Grand Island winner
Omaha Burke-Creighton Prep winner vs. Omaha Central-Lincoln East winner
Papio South-Bellevue West winner vs. Bellevue East-Millard North winner

Class B Friday’s games

No. 16 Waverly (4-5) at No. 1 Omaha Skutt (7-2), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Sidney (7-2) at No. 8 Seward (7-2), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Beatrice (6-3) at No. 5 Elkhorn South (7-2), 7:30 p.m.
No. 13 Aurora (5-4) at No. 4 Scottsbluff (8-1), 6 p.m. MT
No. 14 Omaha Gross (5-4) at No. 3 McCook (8-1), 6 p.m.
No. 11 Blair (6-3) at No. 6 Crete (7-2), 7 p.m.
No. 10 York (7-2) at No. 7 Elkhorn (7-2), 4 p.m.
No. 15 Lincoln Pius X (4-5) at No. 2 Gretna (8-1), 7 p.m.

Nov. 7 quarterfinals

Waverly-Omaha Skutt winner vs. Sidney-Seward winner
Beatrice-Elkhorn South winner vs. Aurora-Scottsbluff winner
Omaha Gross-McCook winner vs. Blair-Crete winner
York-Elkhorn winner vs. Pius X-Gretna winner

Class C-1 Friday’s games

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Abdullah hauls in more awards and Pelini talks intensity (AUDIO)

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

Bo Pelini looking for intensity for a full 60 minutes.

In addition to being named Big Ten offensive player of the week, NU’s Ameer Abdullah was also named the Athlon Sports National Player of the Week, the College Football Performance Awards National All-Purpose Performer of the Week and he was named to the Paul Hornung Award Week Nine Honor Roll.  He has 4,226 career rushing yards and he’s less than 560 yards from passing Mike Rozier’s school record and his 6,604 all purpose yards ranks second in Big Ten history only behind Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne.

On my Big Red Report yesterday, which you can hear on most of our Nebraska Radio Network Stations, I said it has to be tough to be mentally sharp in a game in the fourth quarter when you’re up by more than three scores, but for football players and coaches, Bo Pelini wants to see perfection the whole and that’s what he wasn’t too pleased with after the Rutgers win.

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This will be Purdue’s first trip ever to Lincoln and third time playing the Huskers. The series is tied at 1-1.  Purdue has scored 30 points in three straight games, first time they’ve done that since 2009.

Ameer Abdullah named Big Ten offensive player of the week. Of course he was

Ameer Abdullah, (photo/Scott Bruhns, NU Athletics)

Ameer Abdullah, (photo/Scott Bruhns, NU Athletics)

Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska

•           Produced a school-record 341 all-purpose yards, including 19 carries for 225 yards and three rushing touchdowns, in Nebraska’s victory over Rutgers

•           Added 90 yards on two kickoff returns and 26 yards on two receptions

•           Moved into second place on the Big Ten career all-purpose yardage list, passing Indiana’s Anthony Thompson and Ohio State’s Archie Griffin

•           Records the fifth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and fourth of the season

•           Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 29, 2014)

Even though he’s seen Abdullah every game for the past four years, Bo Pelini is still impressed with what Abdullah can do on the field.

“I don’t know how he compares to anybody else. Ameer is Ameer, and he doesn’t need to compare himself to anyone else,” Pelini said. “He’s pretty special in his own way.”

Illinois’ upset win over Minnesota tightens up Big Ten West race (AUDIO)

It was quiet week in the Big Ten with several schools on their bye week, but an interesting one nonetheless as it pertains to the division race in the West. The Huskers got a lot of help from Illinois with their upset 28-24 win at Minnesota. The Illini defense scored a late touchdown and had a defensive stand. The loss drops the Gophers to 3-1 in conference play and now in a tying with the Huskers. Wisconsin scored an easy 52-7 win over Maryland. The Badgers Heisman candidate Melvin Gordon rushed for 122 and three touchdowns.

The game next week against Purdue is at 2:15. Then, what a way to finish out the season, with three games against West rivals who are all breathing down the back of the Huskers. Two weeks after the Purdue game, NU travels to face Gordon and the Badgers who are 2-1 in conference play, then at home against Minnesota, Gophers and Huskers tied for first right now and then the season ends the day after Thanksgiving with Iowa hoping to be in the mix as well…they’re at 2-1 in Big Ten play.

So when you look at the schedule you see why Bo Pelini is pushing for perfection. A long way to go to clinching that Big Ten championship berth.

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High school football scores from 10/24/14

Ansley-Litchfield 83, Central Valley 35
Aquinas Catholic 28, Archbishop Bergan 0
Arcadia-Loup City 52, Wood River 6
Ashland-Greenwood 48, Douglas County West 7
Auburn 13, Syracuse 10
Bancroft-Rosalie 106, Allen 70
Battle Creek 35, Lutheran High Northeast 0
Beatrice 49, Lincoln Pius X 17
Bellevue West 34, Omaha Central 28
Bennington 62, Schuyler 10
Bishop Neumann 22, David City 14
Blair 62, Mount Michael Benedictine 21
Blue Hill 55, Axtell 26
Cedar Bluffs 62, Mead 36
Chase County 68, Mitchell 12
Cody-Kilgore 40, Arthur County 34
Columbus 20, Millard South 13
Columbus Scotus 42, Columbus Lakeview 3
Creighton Preparatory School 28, Papillion-LaVista South 10
Crete 12, Norris 7
Deshler 35, Walthill 29
Elkhorn South 42, Gretna 35
Exeter-Milligan 50, Red Cloud 6
Falls City 50, Conestoga 9
Fillmore Central 35, Shelby 0
Fort Calhoun 18, Omaha Concordia 13
Garden County 84, Crawford 46
Gibbon 46, Twin River 19
Gothenburg 24, Ord 21
Grand Island 59, North Platte 7
Grand Island Central Catholic 45, St. Paul 34
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 72, Omaha Nation 6
Hastings 26, Lexington 20
Hastings St. Cecilia 58, Sandy Creek 0
Hay Springs 64, South Platte 13
Heartland 80, Nebraska Lutheran 20
Hershey 42, Cambridge 6
Howells-Dodge 44, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 6
Humphrey St. Francis 86, Heartland Lutheran 6
Kearney 37, Norfolk 24
Kearney Catholic 27, Holdrege 14
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