WAHOO – Two and a half months later after a pair of teams opened the 2019 season against each other, Wayne and Wahoo will meet for the second time to decide half of the Class C1 state championship playoff game.
The Blue Devil football team made history last week as an 11-seed defeating previously unranked #3 Ashland-Greenwood 28-13 to advance to their first-ever state semifinal.
Join Sports Director, Aaron Scheffler and color commentary from Nate Burrows on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and online at waynedailynews.com. Pregame coverage Friday night is set for 6:45 p.m. with kickoff at 7 p.m.
WHS is 9-2 on the season and are currently on a six-game winning streak as they’ll run into another top opponent of #2 Wahoo (11-0). The Warriors defeated Wayne in week one of the season 47-0 but Wayne High held Wahoo scoreless in the first quarter and besides two long scoring plays in the second, trailed 17-0 at half.
A year ago, Wahoo defeated Wayne in Wayne 16-0 while in 2017 the Warriors won a 42-8 in a quarterfinal game over Wayne in Wayne.
Wayne then went on a three-game winning streak after losing to Wahoo before falling to the #4 seed in the playoffs, Pierce (42-0) on September 27 being their last loss.
The Blue Devils won at #6 Kearney Catholic (7-3), 28-21 to open their postseason competition. Wayne High has dominated the ground game and every touchdown they’ve scored has been on a rushing strike during their six-game winning streak.
In the playoffs, Wahoo has cruised past #15 Boys Town (56-0) and #7 Columbus Scotus (48-28) and will be playing in their third home game of the season where they’re now 7-0 (4-0 on road). At home, the Warriors have outscored their opponents 313-19 including four shutouts.
Wahoo is competing in their 24 playoff in program history (fifth straight, 15th since 2003) and have lost in two straight semifinals (Aurora 35-10 last year and Norfolk Catholic 14-10 in 2017) in search for their first championship appearance. Other semifinal losses came in 2011 to Platteview (21-10) and 1995 to Milford (34-14).
Wayne High is competing in state playoff competition for the second time in three years (four time since 2010/12 time in program history) and have previously gone 2-11 before now going 2-0 in the 2019 playoffs. The Blue Devils will also be looking for their first state championship appearance.
The other half of the bracket will feature #1 Adams Central (11-0) vs. #4 Pierce (11-0) at 6 p.m. in Hastings.
Other Friday, November 15 games in 11-man football are below.
Class A semifinals: #1 Millard West (11-0) vs. #4 Bellevue West (11-0) at 8 p.m. ; #3 Millard South (10-1) vs. #7 Omaha Westside (9-2) at 4 p.m. A final Tuesday, November 26 at 7:15 p.m.
Class B semifinals: #1 Scottsbluff (11-0) at #5 Omaha Roncalli Catholic (9-2) at 6 p.m.; #2 Omaha Skutt Catholic (11-0) vs. #3 Waverly (10-1) at 7 p.m. B final Monday, November 25 at 7:15 p.m.
Class C2 semifinals: #1 Sutton (10-1) at #5 BRLD (10-1) at 7 p.m.; #2 Oakland-Craig (11-0) vs. #3 St. Paul (11-0) at 6:30 p.m. C2 final on Tuesday, November 26 at 2:45 p.m.