If there is any team outside of the Lincoln and Omaha metro areas that could win Class A in football, it's Grand Island.
The 28-7 rout of Lincoln Southeast last Thursday night showed me the GI offense was on target and their defense is very tough. Quarterback Pierce Almond didn't miss a beat in running the offense, throwing for two touchdowns.
With that said, the Islanders now have to prove to the Omaha teams just how good they are next week when they travel to Omaha Burke and two weeks later, host Omaha Westside.
Grand Island's matchup on Friday night at Burke could be the toughest game they have so far this season. Columbus will be in town on Sept. 19 and Westside will be at Memorial Stadium (West) on the 26th. Only another road trip to Omaha to play Millard South seems to be the only difficult game left on their schedule.
As they say, anything is still possible. Fremont could provide a challenge for Grand Island and Lincoln Northeast will be heading there Oct. 17.
WHERE DO LINCOLN TEAMS STAND?
Two weeks in and going on to Week 3, it's hard to gauge where the Lincoln teams in Class A all stand in the scheme of things.
Southwest suffers a setback on the road at Kearney, East gets their first win over North Star. The Gators, meanwhile, are looking for their first win while Southeast is soul searching to find a way to win their first game of 2014.
Lincoln High falls at North Platte. And Northeast? Well, the Rockets came back to beat the Links in Week 1 and won on a 39-yard field goal from Cody Gronewald as time ran out last Friday night to beat Omaha Bryan 23-21 to remain as the only undefeated team in the city.
That could change, but you never know. Lincoln High is still a team that's growing, Omaha Bryan is not exactly a perennial football power house, but I'm not trying to take anything away from Northeast.
The Rockets host Columbus Friday night at Seacrest Field, a team that's returning to Class A after two years in Class B. Northeast will then play at Westside the following Friday before returning for homecoming on Sept. 25 to host Fremont. The way Westside has been struggling, plus Columbus moving up and Fremont traditionally being up and down, the Rockets have potential to win those games.
October won't be easy for Northeast. Road trips to Millard South and Grand Island, along with hosting Norfolk and Burke are big tests for this football team under second-year head coach Bump Christensen. Anything is possible.
As for Southwest, I expect them to bounce back and be competitive the rest of the season. It's never easy to play on the road at place like Kearney. Look for the Silver Hawks to remain a power for the city championship race.
Lincoln East, I think, will be a team on the rebound. Let's face it, they lost by six at Bellevue East to start the season and they come out last Friday night to put on a 21-2 triumph over North Star. The Spartans are still in the hunt for the city crown, too.
BUBAK FIRST VERBAL COMMIT OF 2016 NU RECRUITING CLASS
Lincoln Christian junior quarterback Jared Bubak garnered attention last month when he was offered a scholarship to play football at Nebraska. This past week, Bubak gave his verbal commitment to Husker head coach Bo Pelini and is the first known commit of Nebraska recruiting class for 2016.
Bubak is a solid athlete, period. At 6-4, 225 pounds as a freshman and sophomore on the Crusader football and basketball teams, it would be time before he emerged into a big prospect. He had been a back up at quarterback the last two years behind all-stater Logan Power. As a starter, he played tight end but continues to adjust to his new role as the Crusaders' quarterback.
Bubak is athletic and very strong. His size would make him the perfect quarterback or tight end at the Class A level. But Bubak stands out from the rest in Class C1. The Crusaders are still in the middle of trying to make a return to the playoffs.
GAMES THIS WEEK
There is one schedule change to our broadcast coverage this week. The Omaha Northwest/Lincoln Southwest game Friday will be streamed on LincolnMetroSports.com at 4:30pm. The lone game we will carry will be Omaha Gross and Waverly at 7pm.