THURSDAY — Class A, No. 2 Bellevue West – 21 at Class A, No. 4 Millard West – 14 at Buell Stadium: Jaylin Bradley scored the go ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter that capped a 16 play, 80 yard drive. The Thunderbirds intercepted Wildcat QB Gio Guido on the ensuing drive to secure the win. Bradley finished with his lowest rushing totals of the season (24 carries, 120 yards, 2 TD) but the T-Birds were able to hold the Wildcats to just 3 points off 3 turnovers in the first half.
Class B, No. 8 Scottsbluff (3-0) at Class B, No. 7 Aurora (2-1): The Bearcats head as far east as they will go in the regular season on Friday with an unblemished record. Speedy junior Max Mason leads the state in rushing with 719 yards in the three games. Aurora, off an opening loss to McCook, counters with talented senior Preston Dibbern who went over 120 yards in last week’s 21-13 win over Waverly. | WATCH Aurora Striv Channel
Elwood (1-1) at Six-Man, No. 8 Deshler (2-0): No one knows the last time Deshler was ranked in football. But, after 804 miles of road trips (at Santee and Maywood-Hayes Center) to start the season, the Dragons host Elwood. They look to go 3-0 for the first time since 2010 with a win on Friday. Coach Carson Klute has Ryan Brandt (30 carries, 350 yards, five scores) Peyton Dubbert (15-for-24, 200 yards an three touchdowns) and Brady Fangmeyer who has five touchdowns via defense and special teams (two interceptions, two punt returns and a kick return) leading the Dragons. | WATCH Deshler Striv Channel
Nebraska Christian (1-2) at Heartland (1-1): The early season tests continue for both teams. NC has lost to top-ranked West Point GACC and ninth-ranked Elm Creek, while Heartland lost a 52-28 game to Class D-1, No. 3 High Plains in the opener. One of the top backs in the state for this one is Heartland’s Austin Stuhr who already has 641 yards rushing in two contests, the last a 74-44 win over Giltner. | WATCH Heartland Striv Channel
Giltner (1-1) at Osceola (2-1): We see a state ranking in the future for the winner of this game. After an opening loss to second-ranked BDS, Osceola has outscored two opponents 108-11 and in the process is over 1,100 of rushing offense in three games. The three-headed backfield of Caden Theis, Peyton Watts and Brennan Bryan have combined for 859 yards. | WATCH Osceola Striv Channel
Channel Seed Game of the Week | Class C-2, No. 1 Wilber-Clatonia (3-0) at Shelby-Rising City (1-2): Little has gone wrong for the top-ranked Wolverines in their move to Class C-2. They have yet to allow a point and defeated then, No. 1 Hastings St. Cecilia in week two 42-0. Quarterback Tanner Sand leads an offense that runs behind one of the top offensive lines in the state led by all-state center Riley Homolka. Quarterback Jake Hoatson leads the Huskies spread attack with 393 yards passing and 146 rushing. | WATCH Shelby-Rising City Striv Channel