Published Monday, November 19, 2012 AT 12:46 AM / Updated at 12:46 AM
Eight Man-1 capsule: Exeter-Milligan vs. Elgin/Pope John
Stu Pospisil Omaha World-Herald

When: 2:45 p.m. Monday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln. All seats in West Stadium; Exeter-Milligan in sections 21 to 25; Elgin/Pope John in sections 27 to 31.
TV: NET1
Live streaming video: Online at NEPrepZone.com
Radio: KTMX (104.9 FM, York), KBRX (102.9 FM, O’Neill), KXPN (1460 AM, Kearney), KICS (1550 AM, Hastings)

When No. 7 Exeter-Milligan (12-0) has the ball: Coach Dean Filipi’s Timberwolves, who average 48.5 points a game, have thrived in the playoffs despite shuffling positions because of a broken hand by then-starting quarterback Nolan White. He’s restricted to defense, so James Sluka has moved from running back to quarterback and Kyle Jensen has become the full-time starter at running back. Jensen is 62 yards away from 1,000 yards rushing. E/PJ, which is allowing nine points a game, has 27 takeaways, including six pickoffs by Ross Schindler. Lee Bartak and Trent Hoefer help anchor the Wolfpack defense.

When No. 2 Elgin/Pope John (12-0) has the ball: Coach Carlie Wells’ Wolfpack, who average 53 points a game, are quarterback-based with Schindler throwing for 654 yards and running for a team-high 1,113 yards and 28 touchdowns. Blake Anderson has 684 yards and 15 scores. Exeter-Milligan, which is allowing 16 points a game, has a ballhawk in Jensen (8 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries). White, Robert Androyna and Jensen are their team’s tackle leaders.

Stu’s pick: Exeter-Milligan has beaten higher-ranked teams twice to get to its first final, including a two-touchdown rally against BDS. Elgin/Pope John rolled through the west bracket in comparison. The Wolfpack have the edge because they’re the veterans with title game experience and have a stellar defense.

About Stu Pospisil

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. You can follow Stu on Twitter (@StuOWH) or email him at stu.pospisil@owh.com.