I got off to a solid start with Tuesday’s SD first-round games, going 36-4 with no more than one game wrong per class. I went 8-0 in 11A, including picking Vermillion’s “upset” of Tea Area. (Both had same power points, hard to call it an upset even though the Titans won by 27 the first time around.)
Here we got with today’s (10/30/31) and Friday’s games of interest, with commentary on the local ones. I am not picking Nebraska A, B or C1 since we do not see any of those teams, but I will pick South Dakota 11AAA.
Lincoln over RC Central, Roosevelt over Stevens, Brandon Valley over Washington, O’Gorman over Aberdeen Central. (I know, I really went out on a limb for those.)
Yankton over Huron: Huron has only beaten Yankton in football twice in the “playoff” era (since 1981), and current Yankton AD Ryan Mors was on both of those teams. (In 1991 and 1993. He said that what would have been a game-winning touchdown catch by him in 1992 was called back by penalty, giving the Tigers their only loss in a championship season.) This is probably not going to be the year the Tigers break that streak, entering with an 0-8 record.
Other Games: Brookings over Watertown, Pierre over Douglas, Harrisburg over Mitchell
Nebraska Class D1
Creighton over Twin Loup: The Bulldogs made the semifinals a year ago and would love to get back to Lincoln this year. Beating a 2-6 Twin Loup team is the first step toward that goal.
Hartington-Newcastle over Clarkson-Leigh: The new-look Wildcats looked impressive against Creighton last week after struggling in a win when I saw them earlier this season. I believe that coach Blair Kalin has the ‘Cats headed in the right direction at the right time.
Bloomfield over Scribner-Snyder: A tough first-round test for the Bees, who extended the run of consecutive playoff berths to 27 consecutive years. You have to go back four years to find the Bees’ last first-round win, but I think the twin terrors of Cody Beckmann and Quinn O’Brien change Bloomfield’s playoff fortunes.
Other Games: Elgin Public-Pope John over Neligh-Oakdale; Elm Creek over Arapahoe, Burwell over Perkins County, Blue Hill over North Central, Ansley-Litchfield over Amherst, Fullerton over Sutherland, Friend over Cross County, High Plains over Diller-Odell, Guardian Angels over Pawnee City, Howells-Dodge over Lourdes Central Cahtolic, BDS over Omaha Christian Academy
Nebraska Class D2
Wynot over Chambers-Wheeler Central: The Blue Devils lost some key components from last year’s deep playoff run, but still have some talent. It took a few weeks for them to get on track, since their toughest two games were to start the season, but they ride a six-game win streak into Chambers.
Randolph over Bancroft-Rosalie: The Cardinals hung a 66-22 decision on B-R in week 2. Don’t see anything changing.
Other Games: Exeter-Milligan over Red Cloud, Giltner over Lawrence-Nelson, Humphrey St. Francis over O’Neill St. Mary’s, Kenesaw over Meridian, Falls City Sacred Heart over Emerson-Hubbard, Stuart over Osceola, Anselmo-Merna over Southwest, Paxton over Potter-Dix, Elwood over Loomis, Sandhills-Thedford over Hitchcock County, Maxwell over Medicine Valley, Bertrand over Hay Springs, Brady over Overton, Garden County over Mullen
Nebraska Class C2 (Friday)
Sutton over Hartington Cedar Catholic: As much as I would love to pull the trigger on a Trojan upset, Sutton looks on paper like the better team.
Other Games: Battle Creek over Lutheran High Northeast, Archbishop Bergan over Malcolm, Aquinas Catholic over Gibbon, Hastings St. Cecelia over Southern, Freeman over Stanton, Oakland-Craig over Fillmore Central, North Platte St. Patrick’s over Southern Valley.