Area Teams Appear in Final OWH Football Poll

The Omaha World Herald released its final top ten football rankings for the 2020 season. The Sandhills/Thedford Knights appear at #2 in the final Class D2 poll. The Knights finished at 12-1 on the season with their only loss coming in the Class D2 championship game against top ranked Bruning Davenport Shickley 36-28 as S/T claimed the D2 state runner-up trophy. Central Valley was ranked #3 in the final D2 poll, Falls City Sacred Heart came in at #4 and Osceola rounded out the top five. Pleasanton finished the season at 9-2 with both losses coming to Sandhills/Thedford and was ranked #9.

Burwell ranked #2 in the final Class D1 poll. The Longhorns competed in the their third straight championship game and fifth in the last six years but fell to top ranked Dundy County Stratton in a double overtime thriller 42-36 to finish as state runner-up. Arcadia/Loup City received a spot in the final top ten ranking. The Rebels appear at #9 in the poll. ALC finished 6-4 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs where they fell to Stanton who finished 8-2 and was ranked #7 in the World Herald’s rankings.

SEM had a solid season in six man this season and was rewarded with a #9 ranking in the final Class D6 rankings of the year. The Mustangs were 5-3 on the year and qualified for the six man playoffs where they fell in the round of 16 to #7 Paxton. State champion McCool Junction was ranked #1, Sterling #2, Arthur County #3, Cody-Kilgore #4, and Potter-Dix #5.

After finishing as the C1 runner-up in 2018, the Ord Chanticleers went undefeated in 2020 and claimed its first NSAA state championship winning the C2 title last Friday with a 28-7 win over Archbishop Bergan. The Chants were ranked #1 in Class C2 followed by Bergan at #2, Oakland-Craig #3, David City Aquinas #4, and Yutan was ranked #5.

State champion Pierce received the top ranking in Class C1 followed by St. Paul at #2. The Wildcats finished the season at 10-2 falling to Pierce in the season opener and again in the state semifinals. State runner-up Adams Central was #3, Kearney Catholic #4, and Ashland-Greenwood was ranked #5.

Class A Top Five – 1. Omaha Westside ; 2. Bellevue West ; 3. Millard South ; 4. Elkhorn South ; 5. Kearney

Class B Top Five – 1. Elkhorn High ; 2. Aurora ; 3. Hastings ; 4. Plattsmouth ; 5. Bennington