When: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln. All seats in West Stadium; Sutton in sections 21 to 25; David City Aquinas in sections 27 to 31.
Live streaming video: Online at NEPrepZone.com
Radio: KLIR (101.1 FM Columbus), KLIQ (94.5 FM, Hastings), KXPN (1460 AM, Kearney), KICS (1550 AM, Hastings)
When No. 4 Sutton (12-0) has the ball: Coach Steve Ramer’s Mustangs, who average 42 points a game, rely on a two-headed rushing attack of quarterback Cole Wiseman (183 carries, 1,710 yards, 26 touchdowns) and Ramer’s son, Trae (173 carries, 1,205 yards, 14 touchdowns). They go against an Aquinas defense that didn’t allow a first-half point until the semifinals against No. 2 Norfolk Lutheran. Zach Krenk leads the Monarchs in tackles. Austin Svoboda has blocked four kicks.
When No. 1 Aquinas (12-0) has the ball: Coach Ron Mimick’s Monarchs, who average 47 points a game, are a wing-T team that spreads out its carries. Landon Stouffer has 969 yards on 92 carries, Seth Hoffman 775 on 97 and Svoboda 513 on 78. Trev Semrad is a 60 percent passer on just 50 attempts. Sutton’s Reed Stone has 10 sacks. Max Olson has a team-high 184 tackles for the Mustangs, who allow 11.5 points a game.
Stu’s pick: Sutton’s turnaround season gives the Mustangs a chance to knock off the defending champion and end the Monarchs’ winning streak at 25 games. By outlasting Norfolk Lutheran 42-41 in the semifinals, Aquinas remains favored to be C-2’s first repeat champion since Wakefield in 2006 and 2007.