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It’s state championship week in Nebraska. Over the next two days we will have new sets of champions crowned as teams do battle in Memorial Stadium. There will be plenty of attention on the games this week that feature some top-notch matchups. One of the spectators will be Coach Scott Frost. He had a message for the participants during his Monday press conference.
“Just congratulations. State championships are a big deal everywhere,” Frost said. “In Nebraska, everybody is watching. I never got to play in a state championship football game. We got beat in the semifinals twice. It’s a special deal.
“Probably one of the worst parts of working here for me is I can’t go to those things anymore. It counts as an evaluation. I used to love going to the state basketball tournament, state wrestling, and the state football championships. Now, I have to watch them on TV like everybody else. It’s a big deal. Congratulations to all of them.”
There had already been a pair of champions crowned. Humphrey St. Francis won the Class D2 title. Osceola-High Plains took home the Class D1 championship. There are lots of storylines to keep an eye on as we move through the action over the next couple of days. In the Class B game on Monday night, I’m looking forward to seeing if Scottsbluff can avenge last year’s state title game loss to Omaha Skutt in a rematch.
There is no more Garrett Nelson or Jarod Epperson running around out there but it should be a heck of a football game. Tyson Gordon is leading Skutt into the game. The SkyHawks are looking for their 26th straight win and back-to-back state titles. QB/OLB Sebastian Harsh will be tasked with slowing Gordon down in the game. Harsh has had a great run through the playoffs himself. He rushed for 348 yards on 44 carries and five touchdowns in the semifinal game. Harsh also threw for 246 yards and three more scores.
The Class A matchup on Tuesday is also highly anticipated. We expected Bellevue West to be in the state final and they face off against surging Omaha Westside. Hopefully the weather doesn’t take the punch out of the matchup between Huskers 4-star wide receiver commit Zavier Betts and 2021 cornerback target Avante Dickerson.
Even if the weather is a snowy, Bellevue West’s Jay Ducker running against Westside’s Grant Tagge will be fun.
As always, these next couple of days should be a great celebration of prep football in the state.
>> Georgia offensive lineman Chandler Durham, who visited the Huskers for the Ohio State game, committed to Georgia State on Monday.
>> Maryland linebacker commit Ruben Hyppolite seems to have reaffirmed his commitment to the Terps after the weekend. The Huskers are pursuing him for an official visit.
>> Huskers running back commit Marvin Scott put his senior film out and it’s electric.
>> Derek Peterson explains how Nebraska has something going on the ground, but needs to keep it going.
>> Husker volleyball is looking to finish the regular season strong before postseason play.
>> Scott Frost addressed the media today and fielded questions on a wide range of topics including how much progress his team has made on getting tougher.
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.