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September 5, 2013With one week in the books it's time (past time) to crack out the ol' Crystal Ball to make our predictions for the big games in Week 1 of the 2013 football season.
You might also read that to say my Crystal Ball is cracked but be kind if you do.
There won't be a better night of Class C-2 football until sometime in November, as No. 3 Archbishop Bergan hosts No. 5 Lutheran High Northeast and No. 4 Oakland-Craig welcomes (my word) No. 7 Hartington Cedar Catholic to town. (Don't fall asleep on the following, or if you do leave one eye open: No. 1 Aquinas at Columbus Scotus, No. 2 Doniphan-Trumbull at Southern Valley and Malcolm at Louisville, in a battle of 2012 playoff teams.)
That's a pretty good opening (sic) weekend. And we didn't even touch on the other five classes.
Here is how we see some of the games shaking out:
Grand Island (1-0) at Lincoln Southwest (0-1). There was plenty of craziness last weekend so maybe it escaped your grasp what these teams accomplished. The Islanders rang up 54 points, announcing their intention to return to the Class A upper echelon, while Southwest dampened the talk of a North Star dynasty, 15-13. Little off the radar but this is a great game...Grand Island 21, Lincoln Southwest 20.
Millard West (1-0) v. Millard North (0-1). Before we go all Coach Dennis Green on the Millard West there is the little matter of the Wildcats now having to deal with a wounded defending state champion. Great theatre and, like you, I can't wait to see if Millard West really IS that good...Millard West 24, Millard North 20.
Lutheran High NE (0-0) at Archbishop Bergan (0-0). Bottom line, Bergan has a new coach and lots of experience. Lutheran High has the same ol' coach and not as much experience. Two very good teams, two great programs, one winner...Bergan 32, Lutheran High 28.
Pierce (0-0) at Boone Central/Newman Grove (1-0). Two Class C-1 titans get together just barely after we got the footballs and tackling dummies out of the equipment shed. Getting a game under its best, a 43-14 win over West Point-Beemer, will serve Boone well as they take on a Pierce team which seems to have a good amount of underclassman talent...Boone 28, Pierce 14.
BDS (0-0) at Giltner (0-0). Both teams took major hits at graduation and, as a refresher, Giltner took full measure of BDS last fall. I love this game - an intersectional game, to borrow a phrase from the 1960s, pitting two outstanding programs who wouldn't see each other any other way...Giltner 38, BDS 32.
Malcolm (0-0) at Louisville (0-0). One of those games that might get shoved under the rug but I love it, as you have two playoff teams who are looking to take the next big step. Got a feeling Malcolm's got too much experience for the Lions to handle...Malcolm 34, Louisville 24.
Sterling (1-0) at Freeman (0-0). Since we last spoke I find out double gold medal jumper and preseason all-stater Derek Zimmerman will not be a member of the Freeman football team; he's going to concentrate on track. Sterling also has a game under its belt but does anybody remember last year Freeman won 44-0. Oh, they do, well then never mind...Freeman 32, Sterling 20.
Hartington Cedar Catholic (0-0) at Oakland-Craig (0-0). Cedar features some outstanding individual players - is there a better C-2 lineman than Connor Wieseler? - but Oakland' got remarkable depth and a tough guy at running back, wrestling champ Nick Arlt and that's good enough for me. Sorry Peg...Oakland-Craig 28, Hartington Cedar Catholic 21.
Omaha Gross (1-0) at Elkhorn (1-0). Nothing was real easy about it but both teams won in Week Zero. Still trying to gain their equilibrium with so many new faces in their respective line-ups, look, for this to be a defensive slugfest...Elkhorn 12, Gross 10.