No. 9 Arapahoe (11-0) at No. 2 Elgin/Pope John (11-0), 3 p.m.: Arapahoe’s first semifinal since 1984 is a visit to the home of last year’s state champions. The Warriors’ quarterback, Caden Weverka, produced five touchdowns in the quarterfinals against Elm Creek while rushing for 249 yards on 38 carries. Elgin/Pope John has outscored its first three playoff opponents 158-19 and with Howells-Dodge’s loss to BDS, is now the favorite in Eight Man-1. Ross Schindler, the Wolfpack’s quarterback, is a 1,000-yard rusher and bruising Blake Anderson ran for 127 yards last week against Loup City after missing a game because of injury. The Wolfpack’s winning streak is at 24 games. Radio: 880 AM KRVN, Lexington; 102.9 FM KBRX, O’Neill.
No. 7 Exeter-Milligan (11-0) vs. BDS (10-1), 6:30 p.m. at Bruning: Although both are Crossroads Conference schools, they didn’t meet in the regular season. Exeter-Milligan defused High Plains in the quarterfinals by scoring 24 points before the game was 5½ minutes old. The Timberwolves now face BDS and quarterback Ryan Tegtmeier, who engineered the upset of seasonlong No. 1 Howells-Dodge in the quarterfinals. Radio: 104.9 FM KTMX, York; 99.5 FM KUTT, Fairbury.
No. 3 Giltner (11-0) at No. 6 Shelton (10-1), 7 p.m.: It’s the first semifinal for Shelton since 1991. Bulldog running back Luke Glenn is averaging 10 yards a carry as he’s rushed for 1,936 yards and 35 touchdowns. He led his team to a 400-yard game against Bertrand in the quarterfinals and the Shelton defense held the Vikings to six points in the first half. Giltner’s offense, though, is on another level. Jake Findley now has thrown a state-record 55 touchdowns this season without an interception and Kyle Hawthorne has scored on 22 catches. Those stats overshadow a very good defense. Radio: 94.5 FM KLIQ, Hastings.
No. 2 Humphrey St. Francis (11-0) at No. 1 Falls City Sacred Heart (11-0), 4:30 p.m.: This is the first of three No. 1-vs.-2 semifinal matchups. Should be a defensive tussle even though both have been prolific scoring teams. Both teams, incidentally, scored their season low against Lindsay Holy Family. Sacred Heart has 1,000-yard rushers in running back Lane Barnhill (1,457 yards) and quarterback Lane Scheitel (1,008). The Flyers’ John Oltmer has run for 1,355 yards and 26 touchdowns. Sacred Heart hasn’t been to the state finals since the last of six straight championship seasons in 1994. St. Francis was 2009’s Eight Man-2 winner. Radio: 93.5 FM KKOT, Columbus; 101.3 FM KLZA, Falls City.