Published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 AT 1:34 AM / Updated at 1:34 AM
Class B capsule preview: Norris vs. Omaha Gross
Stu Pospisil Omaha World-Herald

When: 7:15 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln. Norris seating in West Stadium, Gross in East Stadium.
TV: NET1
Live streaming video: Online at NEPrepZone.com
Radio: KVSS (102.7 FM, Omaha; 88.3 FM, Hartington; 91.5 FM, Grand Island; 90.1 FM, North Platte), KLMS (1480 AM, Lincoln), KNTK (93.7 FM, Lincoln), KXPN (1460 AM, Kearney), KICS (1550 AM, Hastings)

When No. 5 Norris (11-1) has the ball: Coach Jim Jacobsen’s Titans, who average 35.7 points a game, run out of the Maryland-I with James Kruger. He leads Class B with 2,190 yards and has 26 touchdowns. Fullback Nick Davis and quarterback Jakson Reetz each have run for more than 600 yards. Reetz is a 52-percent passer who averages five attempts a game. Gross is allowing 123 yards rushing and 8.8 points a game. Anthony Vigneri has a team-high 97 tackles. Jacob Johnson has six interceptions.

When No. 3 Omaha Gross (11-1) has the ball: Coach Tim Johnk’s Cougars, who average 28.7 points a game, have a 2-1 ratio in rushing-to-passing yards. Vigneri has 1,053 yards rushing, with senior quarterback Zach Johnk (the coach’s son) throwing for 1,084 yards. Norris is giving up less than 11 points a game, with Reetz its leading tackler. Defensive back Byron Hood has three pickoffs and four fumble recoveries.

Stu’s pick: Expect defenses to have the upper hand, which happens frequently in Class B finals, and both teams like to play physical football. In a game that breaks long absences in the state finals for both teams, look for Gross to eke out a win.

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.