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10 Games to Mark on the Nebraska High School Football Calendar

August 25, 2020

There won’t be any Nebraska football this fall, but there will still be football in Nebraska. 

The high school football season around the state begins in full this week. Part of our focus at Hail Varsity moving forward is going to shift to that scene. Does Omaha Westside, projected to be one of the state’s strongest teams in 2020, use the 2019 Class A state title game as fuel for a run? Are we headed for a Round 3 of Skutt-Scottsbluff? Where can you watch Husker commits and targets? 

Here’s a list 10 games to put on the calendar for the upcoming season.

1. Bellevue West @ Millard South (Friday, Sept. 18): Two of the best teams in the state. Two legitimate title contenders. A big-time 2021 guy in wideout and Iowa commit Keagan Johnson‍, but two potential future Huskers in 2022 tight ends Micah Riley‍ and Kaden Helms. It'll come on the heels of a game against Creighton Prep for the Thunderbirds and  back-to-back road games for the Patriots.

2. Creighton Prep @ Omaha Westside (Thursday, Aug. 27): Westside is loaded with talent. Particularly on the backend of its defense, the Warriors have Big Ten talent scattered throughout the secondary—Minnesota commit Avante Dickerson‍ and recent Nebraska commit Koby Bretz‍. Prep has the top remaining uncommitted player in the state for the 2021 cycle in tight end AJ Rollins‍. It’s also just a huge rivalry and it's one of the first big games in the Omaha metro area.

3. Millard South @ Millard West (Friday, Sept. 11): A rivalry game, and a meeting of two teams who find themselves in the preseason top five. 

4. Millard South @ Elkhorn South (Friday, Sept. 4): The Storm should be as strong as any on the offensive line, with three seniors returning as three-year starters, anchored by Husker commit Teddy Prochazka‍ and Isaac Zatechka. 

5. Elkhorn @ Omaha Skutt (Thursday, Oct. 22): A game that projects as one of the best Class B match-ups of the year. Skutt is a powerhouse and Elkhorn enters the season rated the top team in Class B after they dropped back down from Class A. Skutt is home to some talented athletes, including Nebraska baseball commit Drew Christo.

6. Hastings @ Scottsbluff (Friday, Sept. 4): Call this a double disguised as a single-game entry. Scottsbluff begins with Hastings and a matchup that could determine one of the Class B powers this season, then go on the road to battle another potentially stout opponent in Aurora.

7. Norris @ Waverly (Friday, Oct. 23): A target for you to keep in mind: 2021 tight end James Carnie. Carnie has been making moves in recent months, notably recently at Steve Warren’s Warren Academy Showcase. He’s currently committed to Miami (OH), but Nebraska could throw a wrench in his thinking if it throws an offer his way. Carnie and Norris come close to Lincoln in late October. Maybe the recruiting dead period will be lifted by then?

8. Lincoln Southeast @ Elkhorn South (Thursday, Oct. 22): Is more Prochazka ever a bad thing?

9. Lewis Central @ Harlan (Friday, Oct. 9): Another slight cheat. How does a Council Bluffs high school game land in the “Nebraska prep games to watch” list? When it’s a rivalry game that features one of the top offensive recruits in the entire 2021 class: tight end Thomas Fidone‍.

10. Kearney Catholic @ Wood River (Friday, Aug. 28): Nebraska quarterback commit, Heinrich Haarberg‍, is the first in-state quarterback commit for the Huskers since 2003. And he'll open his senior season against the alma matter of his future head coach. 

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