When: 2:45 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
Radio: KLIR (101.1 FM, Columbus), KKPR (98.9 FM, Kearney), KXPN (1460 AM, Kearney), KICS (1550 AM, Hastings)
When Aquinas (10-2) has the ball: The Monarchs continue to thrive in the wing-T formation, averaging 35 points a game. Matt Jakub is their top rusher with 867 yards and 19 touchdowns. Trev Semrad has thrown for 758 yards, with four of his seven TD passes to Nathan Kovar. Doniphan-Trumbull has Jacob Critel and Creighton Buhr as its tackle leaders, with Riley Wiltfong nabbing seven interceptions for a defense that allows only 12 points a game.
When No. 1 Doniphan-Trumbull (12-0) has the ball: Coach Brent Breckner’s Cardinals are prolific, averaging 456 yards and 40 points. Jordan Slough, who has scored 37 touchdowns, has rushed for 1,969 yards and is his team’s leading receiver. The Cardinals haven’t needed Wiltfong’s passing as much this season, but he’s still gotten 1,609 yards and 19 TDs. The Aquinas defense, allowing only 10 points a game, has Evan Kranda with four picks and Matt Kindler with four blocked kicks.
Stu’s pick: The young Monarchs have been playing well in trying to extend the school’s streak of state titles to three but will be playing somewhat shorthanded for disciplinary reasons, perhaps affecting their defense more than offense. Doniphan-Trumbull, which got to the semifinals last year, has shored up its defense this season and that’s why it’s favored to win its first title.