Outlook Class B Football 2004 - Part 1

Class B football action will be exciting this year for several teams. Mount Michael (District 1) and Fairbury (District 4) have joined class B, while Falls City and Chadron have dropped down to C-1. Beatrice has moved from District 4 to District 3. With the District playoff action scheduled East/West this places 17 teams in the East Division and 15 teams in the West Division.

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Outlook Class B Football 2004

 

  Class B District Assignments

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 6

Blair

Gretna

Beatrice

Aurora

Grand Island Northwest

Alliance

Elkhorn

Omaha Gross Catholic

Lincoln Pius X

Crete

Hastings

Gering

Mount Michael Benedictine

Omaha Skutt Catholic

Nebraska City

Fairbury

Holdrege

Ogallala

Omaha Roncalli Catholic

Platteview

Norris

Seward

Lexington

Scottsbluff

Schuyler

Plattsmouth

Waverly

York

McCook

Sidney

South Sioux City

Ralston

 

 

 

 

 

Class B football action will be exciting this year for several teams.  Mount Michael (District 1) and Fairbury (District 4) have joined class B, while Falls City and Chadron have dropped down to C-1. Beatrice has moved from District 4 to District 3.

 

With the District playoff action scheduled East/West this places 17 teams in the East Division and 15 teams in the West Division.

 

District 1 appears to be a battle between Omaha Roncalli and Elkhorn. Both teams had major loses to graduation. Elkhorn looks like they best reload for 2004. Roncalli will again be young along the lines and inexperienced at QB. Improvement should be seen throughout the year and the pace of this improvement will determine the record.  Blair and South Sioux City appear to be the district darkhorses.  Both teams have solid lines on both sides of the ball but the skill position players must step up. Schuyler and Mount Michael appear to be the cellar dwellers.

 

District 2 has 4 teams which can make a significant claim for District and State honors this season. Gretna lost several key players but the talent is there to make another run. Omaha Gross may develop into the team to beat this season in Class B but if a couple of players do not step up to fill roles this team could disappoint.  Omaha Skutt is a team that has shown improvement throughout their program over the last 2 years. They will challenge in District 2 action.  Ralston is the 4th team we see as being strong in Class B. The Ralston line play looks to be stronger than last year and due to injuries depth was developed at skill positions. Platteview and Plattsmouth round out the district teams.

 

District 3 in past years would have started with talk about Lincoln Pius X, but this season the favorite team appears to be the Waverly Vikings.  Over the past 2 years they have developed an explosive option "bone" offense and foes have had problems. The attitude has changed within the Viking team and community.  Lincoln Pius X appears to be a challenger but has not shown the depth over the past 2 years that they had previously.  Pius X can offer several different looks on offense but look for the running game to be strong and the short passing game to break big plays. Beatrice, Norris and Nebraska City all have talented teams but need underclassmen to step up early and consistently to make an impact. The Beatrice lines are anchored by talented upperclassmen who played a great deal last year but injuries and game wear could show a lack of depth. Norris is a darkhorse team and if they can get skill position players in the right spots they should compete. Nebraska City will be toughest to play at home. It seems that the intensity from the home crowd (or comfort) helps to allow the players to play at a higher level.  The talent is there but needs to be shown more consistently for Nebraska City to be a factor

 

END PART I ……


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