New Number 1 in Class A as Postseason Gets Underway

UNDATED – For the first time this season, a non-Omaha metro team is atop Class A as the playoffs begin.

The final NCN 35 high school football rankings of the season placed Kearney atop class A, after previous number 1 Omaha North suffered a surprising loss to Lincoln Pius X.

Kearney isn’t the only new #1. After Gretna ended Elkhorn South’s 33-game winning streak, the Dragons took the Storm’s spot at #1 in Class B.

Norfolk Catholic, Ponca, Creighton, BDS and Riverside all stayed at the top of their respective rankings.

Voting this week were Brandon Aksamit, Hunter Arterburn, Jay Hannah, Jon Kipper, Andrew Lacy, Eric McKay, Grant Otten, Chris Whitney and Andrew Wolff.

Full top 10’s:

CLASS A

1. Kearney (9-0, LW: 4)
– Last week: def. Omaha Benson 56-7; This week: vs. Norfolk
2. Millard West (8-1, LW: 3)
– Last week: def. #6 Lincoln High 28-17; This week: vs. Papillion-La Vista South
3. Belevue West (8-1, LW: 6)
– Last week: def. #8 Omaha Burke 35-28; This week: vs. Lincoln Southwest
4. Omaha North (8-1, LW: 1)
– Last week: lost to Lincoln Pius X 28-14; This week: vs. Fremont
5. Omaha Westside (7-2, LW: 6)
– Last week: def. Norfolk 38-7; This week: vs. Lincoln Pius X
6. Lincoln High (8-1, LW: 5)
– Last week: lost to #2 Millard West 28-17; this week: vs. #10 Millard South
7. Creighton Prep (7-2, LW: 8)
-Last week: def. Lincoln Northeast 63-0; This week: vs. #9 Grand Island
8. Omaha Burke (7-2, LW: 2)
-Last week: lost to #3 Bellevue West 35-28; This week: vs. Millard North
9. Grand Island (6-3, LW: 10)
-Last week: def. Lincoln Southeast 16-13; This week: @ #7 Creighton Prep
10. Millard South (5-4, LW: 9)
-Last week: lost to Millard North 34-13; This week: @ #6 Lincoln High

Also receiving votes: Lincoln Pius X, Lincoln Southwest

CLASS B

1. Gretna (9-0, LW: 2)
-Last week: def. #2 Elkhorn South 24-14; This week: vs. Plattsmouth
2. Elkhorn South (8-1, LW: 1)
-Last week: lost to #1 Gretna 24-14; This week: vs. Gross Catholic
3. York (8-1, LW: 3)
-Last Week: def. #9 Northwest 31-14; This week: vs. Omaha Roncalli Catholic
4. McCook (8-1, LW: 4)
-Last week: def. Lexington 70-7; This week: vs. #10 Waverly
5. Omaha Skutt Catholic (7-2, LW: 5)
-Last week: def. Bennington 56-13; This week: vs. Aurora
6. Scottsbluff (8-1, LW: 6)
-Last week: def. Alliance 55-0; This week: vs. Blair
7. Beatrice (8-1, LW: 8)
-Last week: def. Norris 27-17; This week: vs. Elkhorn
8. Columbus (7-2, LW: 7)
-Last week: lost to Blair 32-28; This week: vs. #9 Northwest
9. Northwest (6-3, LW: 9)
-Last week: lost to #3 York 31-14; This week: @ #8 Columbus
10. Waverly (6-3, LW: 10)
-Last week: def. Crete 36-34; This week: @ #4 McCook

Also receiving votes: Aurora, Blair

CLASS C1

1. Norfolk Catholic (9-0, LW: 1)
-Last week: def. #7 West Point-Beemer 49-21; This week: vs. Bishop Neumann
2. Boys Town (9-0, LW: 2)
-Last week: def. Douglas County West 27-7; This week: vs. Lincoln Christian
3. Wahoo (8-1, LW: 3)
-Last Week: def. Bishop Neumann 13-0; This week: vs. Kearney Catholic
4. Fairbury (9-0, LW: 5)
-Last week: def. Milford-Dorchester 52-13; This week: vs. Pierce
5. Aquinas Catholic (7-1, LW: 6)
-Last week: DNP; This week: @ #10 Gothenburg
6. Boone Central/Newman Grove (7-2, LW: 7)
-Last week: def. Grand Island Central Catholic 43-0; This week: vs. #8 Auburn
7. West Point-Beemer (8-1, LW: 4)
-Last week: lost to #1 Norfolk Catholic 49-21; This week: vs. Columbus Lakeview
8. Auburn (8-1, LW: 8)
-Last week: def. Fort Calhoun 53-33; This week: @ #6 Boone Central/Newman Grove
9. Chadron (8-1, LW: 9)
-Last week: def. Chase County 28-6; This week: vs. Wayne
10. Gothenburg (7-2, LW: NR)
-Last week: def. Minden 34-10; This week: vs. #5 Aquinas Catholic

Also receiving votes: Columbus Lakeview, Kearney Catholic

CLASS C2

1. Ponca (9-0, LW: 1)
-Last week: def. #6 Hartington Cedar Catholic 20-0; This week: vs. Doniphan-Trumbull
2. Centennial (9-0, LW: 2)
-Last week: def. Sutton 20-12; This week: vs. Logan View
3. Arcadia-Loup City (9-0, LW: 4)
-Last Week: def. Fillmore Central 36-6; This week: vs. Hershey
4. Oakland-Craig (7-1, LW: 5)
-Last week: def. Archbishop Bergan 31-0; This week: vs. Yutan
5. Wilber-Clatonia (8-1, LW: 6)
-Last week: def. Freeman 41-27; This week: vs. #8 Battle Creek
6. Hartington Cedar Catholic (8-1, LW: 3)
-Last week: lost to #1 Ponca 20-0; This week: vs. Central City
7. Valentine (7-2, LW: 8)
-Last week: def. Kimball 53-6; This week: vs. Sutton
8. Battle Creek (6-3, LW: 10)
-Last week: def. Stanton 48-8; This week: @ #5 Wilber-Clatonia
9. North Platte St. Patrick’s (7-2, LW: 10)
-Last week: def. Bridgeport 55-0; This week: vs. #10 Lincoln Lutheran
10. Lincoln Lutheran (7-2, LW: 7)
-Last week: lost to Yutan 35-9; This week: @ #9 North Platte St. Patrick’s

Also receiving votes: Central City, Sutton, Yutan

CLASS D1

1. Creighton (8-0, LW: 1)
-Last week: def. Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 52-14; This week: vs. McCool Junction
2. Guardian Angels Central Catholic (8-0, LW: 2)
-Last week: def. Pender 64-50; This week: vs. Pender
3. South Loup (8-0, LW: 3)
-Last Week: def. Elm Creek 47-26; This week: vs. Dundy County-Stratton
4. Howells-Dodge (8-0, LW: 4)
-Last week: def. Clarkson/Leigh 42-22; This week: vs. Clarkson/Leigh
5. Kenesaw (8-0, LW: 6)
-Last week: def. #8 Heartland 72-40; This week: vs. Southwest
6. West Holt (7-1, LW: 7)
-Last week: def. Ainsworth 68-12; This week: vs Boyd County
7. Medicine Valley (8-0, LW: 8)
-Last week: def. Bertrand 56-8; This week: vs. Cambridge
8. Heartland (7-0, LW: 5)
-Last week: lost to #5 Kenesaw 72-40; This week: vs. Johnson-Brock
9. Wakefield (7-1, LW: 9)
-Last week: def. Niobrara/Verdigre 84-14; This week: Season over
10. Nebraska Lutheran (7-1, LW: 10)
-Last week: def. High Plains Community 82-20; This week: vs. Thayer Central

Also receiving votes: Burwell, CWCE, East Butler

CLASS D2

1. BDS (8-0, LW: 1)
-Last week: def. Lawrence-Nelson 36-6; This week: vs. Pawnee City
2. Twin Loup (8-0, LW: 2)
-Last week: DNP; This week: vs. Pleasanton
3. Falls City Sacred Heart (7-1, LW: 3)
-Last Week: def. Sterling (forfeit); This week: vs. Parkview Christian
4. Blue Hill (8-0, LW: 5)
-Last week: def. Shelton 62-22; This week: vs. Central Valley
5. Bloomfield (8-0, LW: 6)
-Last week: def. Stuart 74-20; This week: vs. Exeter-Milligan
6. Mullen (8-0, LW: 7)
-Last week: def. Leyton 92-25; This week: vs. Stuart
7. Humphrey St. Francis (7-1, LW: 4)
-Last week: lost to #9 Fullerton 32-28; This week: vs. Osmond
8. Friend (7-1, LW: 9)
-Last week: def. Parkview Christian 44-0; This week: vs. Allen
9. Fullerton (7-1, LW: NR)
-Last week: def. #7 Humphrey St. Francis 32-28; This week: vs. Osceola
10. Garden County (7-1, LW: 10)
-Last week: def. Crawford 62-30; This week: vs. Wallace

Also receiving votes: Lawrence-Nelson, Wynot

SIX-MAN

1. Riverside (8-0, LW: 1)
-Last week: def. Spalding Academy 68-12; This week: vs. Hyannis
2. Harvard (8-0, LW: 2)
-Last week: def. McPherson County 71-18; This week: vs. #4 Deshler
3. Cody-Kilgore (8-0, LW: 3)
-Last week: def. Arthur County 71-13; This week: vs. Walthill
4. Deshler (7-1, LW: 5)
-Last week: def. Wilcox-Hildreth 60-34; This week: @ #2 Harvard
5. Hay Springs (6-1, LW: NR)
-Last week: def. Hyannis 44-34; This week: @ Spalding Academy

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