Published Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm / Updated at 10:35 pm
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Pospisil: Definitive wins cause separation among top class

Super Friday exposed a chasm within the Top 10.

Safely across the divide — at least for a week — are the six highest ranked teams. Four of them were winners in those Super Friday ratings matchups last week: No. 1 Omaha North, No. 2 Omaha Westside, No. 4 Millard West and No. 6 Millard North.

Only the Vikings got tested. North scored on its first three possessions of the second half and took a two-touchdown lead into the final second of a 27-20 win at now-No. 5 Omaha Burke.

The other three games essentially were road-win blowouts, leaving the losers to regroup. Westside’s 47-0 win at Millard South was the Patriots’ first shutout loss since the 2007 playoffs. Millard West blasted Omaha Central 42-7 and Millard North led by 31 after three quarters before settling for a 38-21 win at Papillion-La Vista.

In the new Top 10, Central tumbles from sixth to ninth, Papio remains seventh and Millard South gives up its No. 10 spot.

The Patriots (2-4) are at risk of having their first losing season since 2001. Their 11-year streak of winning records is the longest that’s active in Class A.

They have a key District 3 game Friday at Papillion-La Vista South. Their Oct. 25 season finale at home against Papillion-La Vista may be for their playoff future.

Taking over at No. 10 is Grand Island (5-1). The Islanders were being held back because of their 45-13 loss to Westside, but that loss is more tolerable for ratings consideration because of how Westside handled Millard South.

Grand Island could virtually sew up the District 4 title Thursday night when it visits Lincoln North Star (4-2). A win would keep the Islanders undefeated in their district with games left against winless North Platte and one-win Lincoln High.

Lincoln East also is 5-1, but the strongest third of its schedule awaits — Lincoln Southeast this week, then Norfolk and Lincoln Southwest.

Three more Top 10 matchups are this week, topped by Thursday’s TV game between No. 3 Omaha Creighton Prep and Millard West at Buell Stadium. On Friday are No. 8 Bellevue West-Millard North at Buell and Papio-Omaha North at Kinnick Stadium.

Class B: Because this 32-school class is divided into eight districts, three weeks of district play is needed.

District 1 appears to be the power center. It has No. 2 Omaha Skutt, No. 3 Ralston and No. 5 Omaha Gross. The fun starts Friday with Gross visiting Ralston.

The two weakest districts seem to be District 2, where Plattsmouth’s 3-3 record is tops, and District 4, with no one better than Bennington and South Sioux City at 3-3.

In the ratings, Aurora and Elkhorn South lost for the first time. Crete beat the then-No. 2 Huskies 29-7. Gross tamed then-No. 3 Elkhorn South 15-0.

Skutt and Ralston move up, with Skutt returning to its preseason ranking.

Other classes: Pierce makes a rare ratings exit in Class C-1 after the Bluejays fell to 3-2 with a 40-19 loss at Columbus Scotus. Wahoo Neumann returns at No. 10.

Hastings St. Cecilia returns in C-2 at No. 9 after a 21-14 win over Sutton, which tumbles from second to 10th. Norfolk Lutheran advances to second.

Friend is 10th in Eight Man-1. Medicine Valley returns in Eight Man-2 at No. 9.

Unbeaten, unranked: In that category are Hershey, Omaha Brownell-Talbot and Battle Creek in Class C-2, Hemingford and Heartland in Eight Man-1 and Anselmo-Merna and Nebraska Lutheran in Eight Man-2.

Snow and tornadoes: Nine games are to be played Monday following Friday’s storms in the northwest (snow) and northeast (tornadoes).

Does anyone remember a tornado striking a Nebraska town on a day with a football game scheduled there? Those twisters that hit Wayne and Macy were the first reported in the state in October in 12 years. Our electronic archives turned up no other instances.

Contact the writer: Stu Pospisil

stu.pospisil@owh.com    |   402-444-1041    |  

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring.

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