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10/26/2014 - From The Press Box: Omaha North Highly Favored In Class A
 You can compare Omaha North to a runaway train.  They're moving fast and no one can stop them.

The Vikings are the No. 1 seed in the NSAA Class A High School Football playoff bracket that wss released Saturday and look destined to win their second straight state title.  

The question remains, who can stop them?

Right now, in my humble opinion, no one.  It would take some team to know North's offensive scheme frontwards and backwards and a rugged offensive line to stop the Viking defense from blitzing and making stops.

Seems simple enough, right?  Well, it's not going to be easy for anyone.  

Just ask Lincoln Southwest head coach Mark King.  The Silver Hawks, who have made the Class A playoffs for the 12th straight year, are an unlikely favorite against the Vikings when the two teams meet on Halloween night at Kinnick Stadium in Omaha.  

Southwest will spend this week trying to figure out a way to stop All-State running back Calvin Strong, who's averaging 187 yards a game (9 yards a carry).  He's not the only one the Silver Hawks will try to stop.

Quarterback Peyton Nelson is just as talented.  He's thrown for nearly 1,000 yards this season for 12 touchdowns and has completed 46 of 76 passes with only three interceptions.

Coach King is a good coach and always takes things one game at a time.  If Southwest can play hard and keep North from breaking the game wide open, you will likely see an interesting game.

Let's remember, though, it was about three weeks ago when North played Omaha Creighton Prep (who was ranked third at the time) they opened up a 26-0 first quarter lead on the Junior Jays.  

On the other side of the bracket, Millard North (the other undefeated team) is the No. 2 seed in Class A, while Prep is the third seed.  Lincoln East is in that half of the bracket and will play Omaha Central Friday night at Seacrest Field.

In personally not seeing the Spartans this season and seeing what they had a year ago as a playoff qualifier, this is a team that might be slightly better.  The Metcalf Brothers (Bryson and Brandon) are the spark on offense.  Ric Dawson is a talented running back and Brendan Kleinschmidt and Ben Stephens are notable receivers.

What does East need to do on defense, stop Central's offense with I-back Tre Sanders, who's rushed for 1,440 yards this season.  The Eagles also have sophomore quarterback Jordan Flowers as another offensive threat and Nebraska recruit Daishon Neal is a force as a rush end on defense.

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It's likely not the draw each team wanted, but Lincoln Pius X and Waverly both qualified for the Class B playoffs.  Each team will face Goliath in their respective match ups.  

Pius X comes in as a No. 15 seed and will play the No. 2 seed Gretna on Friday night.  You may remember that both teams met once before this season, in Week 1, where the Thunderbolts fell to the Dragons 26-19 in overtime.  Pius X has been on a rollercoaster ride this season and could they be the team to pull the upset?  

Waverly, who started out 0-5 before winning the last four games in their district, plays defending Class B champ Omaha Skutt.  You could say it's a total mismatch from the start, however it's a new season and anything is possible.

Needless to say, the Vikings will have their hands full with the SkyHawks.  I'll leave it at that.  I will say that I'm very happy with first-year head coach Tim Williams' job in coaching at Waverly.  New scheme, new coach all seem to be clicking at the right time of the year.


Malcolm is back in the Class C2 playoffs and are looking to go one step further than they did a year ago, when they were beat in the semifinals.

The Clippers (8-1) have senior quarterback Austin Bridges, who's thrown for 589 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season.  He's also racked up 958 yards on the ground and scored 14 touchdowns.  

Running back Jordan Redler is just as good.   He's tallied 928 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.

As a team, Malcolm averages 305 of total yards a game.  Their opponent is Fremont Bergan, only averages about 228 yards of offense each game.  The Clippers and the Knights will square off Friday night at Fremont's Memorial Field.


As of the time of this article being written, we are still working out what games will be covered on

Right now, we're eyeballing the East/Central game along with the Pius X/Gretna game.  We should know for sure by Monday evening.

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