Football Top 10's -- Sept 1

For the 3rd year in a row Neb_Prep and his panel are looking into their magic football (throwing it around really) and making their selections for the Top 10 teams in each Nebraska Class and overall. There are several surprizes.

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For the 3rd year in a row Neb_Prep and his panel are looking into their magic football (throwing it around really) and making their selections for the Top 10 teams in each Nebraska Class and overall. There are several surprizes.

We will start with a look at Class A ....

CLASS A

1. Omaha Creighton Prep

2. Millard North

3. Lincoln Southeast

4. Omaha Central

5. North Platte

6. Papillion LaVista

7. Millard South

8. Omaha Westside

9. Kearney

10. Lincoln High

Comments : Some minor changes from our July Pre-season look. Creighton Prep rebuilt last year and should be very deep and strong this season. Millard North and Southeast have switch spots in the poll based on Millard North's core of standout players. Central has some of the top talent but has had problems winning the close games in the past. North Platte has the exciting Danny Woodhead. Two years ago he started as the wingback for North Platte then became the featured I-back after an injury to Nebraska recruit Kade Pittman. He should finish off a great high school career with a return to the state playoffs.

CLASS B

1. Ralston

2. McCook

3. Omaha Roncalli

4. Waverly

5. Elkhorn

6. Crete

7. Ogallala

8. Gretna

9. Hastings

10. Lincoln Pius X

Comments .... Ralston looks to be one of the top teams in the state. Led by Mike Huff and his line mates and senior Jacob Chandler at DB/QB. McCook lost a lot of talent but returns a solid group also. The linebackering unit is deep (remember the injuries at the end of last year) and the defense should carry the team early but the offense will be explosive. Roncalli has been waiting for this season - they have talent, a good balance of upper and lower classmen, and they have seniors Matt Bowers and Brian Hansen. Elkhorn has had some injuries but that just means more playing time early for some other players. Waverly will build off of last year. Gretna has three standout players that will keep them in all games. Look for a good season from Matt Goldenstein. And the Pius Thunderbolts closeout the top 10 -- They plan to return to the top level this season after a couple of down years.

CLASS C-1

1. Fillmore Central

2. Hastings St. Cecilia

3. Wahoo Bishop Neumann

4. Boone Central

5. Norfolk Catholic

6. Chase County (Imperial)

7. Pierce

8. Boys Town

9. Gothenburg

10. Auburn

Comments ..... In Mike Brower Fillmore Central has one of the outstanding players in C-1 and a possible Division 1 recruit. But there is a lot of talent on the Panthers team also. If they remain focused this "could" be a special team. The next 6 team in the ratings are only a fraction of an inch behind Fillmore Central with each of the top 7 able to be number 1 in November. Auburn has a tough schedule and some re-building to do but is capable of being a top 10 team and a darkhorse for the title.

CLASS C-2

1. Creighton

2. Cross County

3. Lawrence-Nelson

4. Cambridge

5. Sandy Creek

6. North Platte St Pat.

7. Oakland-Craig

8. Crofton

9. Stanton

10. Bennington

Comments .... Creighton is poised at a second try in the C-2 championship game this year. Lawrence-Nelson is a two time defending champion and won't be easy to get past this season. Cross County looks balanced, Brent Petersen returns at Qb/DB -- he is an accurate passer. Bennington at number 10 has Nebraska recruit Andy Christensen to build around.

CLASS D-1

1. Howells

2. Greeley-Wolbach

3. Overton

4. Friend

5. Eustis-Farnam

6. Bloomfield

7. Rushville

8. Crawford

9. Humphrey St Francis

10. Cedar Bluffs

Comments .... The biggest surprize from the panel was that Falls City Sacred Heart was not in the Top 10 rankings. They lost a lot of talent and a solid leader in Matt Sells and I think the panel wants to see how they respond. Howells will be number 1 until someone beats them ** can not remember how long it has been since they lost **. This is one of the strongest classes balance wise with 25 teams likely to be in the top 10 at some time this year.

CLASS D-2

1. Pope John

2. Lindsay Holy Family

3. Bruning-Davenport

4. Mullen

5. Coleridge

6. Harrisburg

7. Sterling

8. Allen

9. Paxton

10. O'neill St. Mary's

comments ..... The top 4 teams appear to be cream of Class D-2. All four teams are loaded. Junior Ben Hefner at 6-4 290 lbs is drawing a lot of attention for a D-2 (8-man) athlete. He moves well in the open field.


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