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Fourteen teams clinched spots in the state championship on Friday and Monday with the conclusion of the semifinals. 

The state championships for D6 will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday at Cope Stadium in Kearney. 

Class B, D1 and D2 will play at on Monday in Memorial Stadium while Class A, C1 and C2 will play on Tuesday in Memorial Stadium. 

CLASS A

No. 1 Bellevue West 37, No. 2 Millard West 30: Bellevue West looked to be on its way to another easy victory after jumping out to a 15-0 lead off of two rushing touchdowns from Jay Ducker, one in the first quarter and in the second quarter, but the Wildcats weren't quite ready to lie down yet. 

Millard West scored the next 10 points before halftime and quickly made it a game again. The Thunderbirds extended their advantage back out to 22-10 on Ducker's 80-yard run, but the Wildcats answered with Tristan Gomes' second touchdown run then a Gomes touchdown pass for a 23-22 lead.

The Thunderbirds answered back with two touchdown passes from Nate Galant to recapture a 37-23 lead and hold off the Wildcats the rest of the way.

No. 7 Omaha Westside 31, No. 3 Millard South 14: Omaha Westside raced out to a 28-0 lead in the first half scoring touchdowns on two runs and two throws from quarterback Cole Payton.

One of the rushing touchdowns was a 92-yard scamper.  

Millard South scored 14 unanswered to open the second half, but wasn't able to overcome the early deficit. 

CLASS B

No. 1 Omaha Skutt Catholic 27, No. 2 Waverly 10: Tyson Gordon of Skutt scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard run to give the SkyHawks a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. 

Waverly's Evan Canoyer then took over the game, scoring on a 1-yard run, kicking the PAT and opening the second half with a 22-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 10-6 lead. 

Gordon and the Skyhawks answered with three third-quarter touchdown passes. He hit receivers for scores of 16, 31 and seven.

No. 3 Scottsbluff 63, No. 4 Omaha Roncalli Catholic 56: There was no lack of offense during the other half of the Class B semifinals. 

Roncalli held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter, but Scottsbluff found its offense in the second to take a 36-33 lead into halftime. 

Scottsbluff continued to roll in the third quarter, extending its lead to 57-41.

Roncalli closed the gap to 57-49 in the fourth but wasn't able to stop Scottsbluff from scoring again. 

CLASS C1

No. 1 Pierce 54, No. 3 Adams Central 14: Pierce took control of the game from the very beginning, scoring the first 26 points of the game by early in the third quarter.

Adams Central finally got on the board shortly after but then gave up 28 more in a row.

Pierce dictated play as it has all year on the ground, putting together long drives that milk the clock and end in touchdowns. The Bluejays didn't score an offensive touchdown longer than six yards.

No. 2 Wahoo 21, No. 9 Wayne 7: Wahoo's Trevin Luben rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns to propel his team in the state championship. 

The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but Wayne scored in the third quarter to make it a one-score game. 

Wahoo then sealed the game with a fourth-quarter score. 

CLASS C2

No. 1 Oakland-Craig 54, No. 2 St. Paul 13: Oakland-Craig came flying out of the gates to a 38-13 first-quarter lead. 

The Knights then shut out the Wildcats for the last three quarters while scoring two touchdowns in the second half. 

Four different players for Oakland-Craig scored on rushing touchdowns - Ian Lundquist, Coulter Thiele, Jaron Meyer and Caden Nelson. 

No. 3 Sutton 38, No. 4 Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast (BRLD) 28: After scoring the opening touchdown to take a 7-0 lead, BRLD allowed three straight touchdowns and fell in too deep a hole to recover.

Sutton led 20-14 in the first half. 

BRLD closed the gap to 26-22 in the third, but Sutton scored 14-straight points.

CLASS D1

Osceola-High Plains 34, Cross County 30: OHP clinched a spot in the state championship by overcoming a late go-ahead touchdown by Cross County to win 34-30 on Monday night at home. 

The Stormdogs will be playing in their first-ever state championships in the second year of the co-op. 

Burwell 28, Dundy-County Stratton 10: Burwell will be playing in its second straight title game after coming up short last season to Creighton. No stats or scoring figures were available at deadline.

CLASS D2

NO. 1 Humphrey St. Francis 24, NO. 2 Falls City Sacred Heart 16: Humphrey St. Francis quarterback Trevor Pfeifer took several tries to answer the first question posed by various reporters Monday night following a 24-16 D-2 semifinal win over Falls City Sacred Heart.

The senior rushed for two touchdowns, threw two more and intercepted a pass and St. Francis took down Sacred Heart for the fourth time in six tries since the two resumed regular playoff meetings in 2012.

It's also the second straight win for the Flyers over the Irish after a 54-36 playoff win last postseason. That St. Francis team, however, lost in the semifinals to Johnson-Brock, just the second time the winner of the two failed to play for a trophy.

Pleasanton 12, Overton 6: Pleasanton avenged a loss from earlier this season to reach the championship game. Overton owned a 44-32 win from Sept. 27 before Monday's rematch. It will be Pleasanton's first trip to the championship game in 16 postseasons.

No other stats or scoring summaries were available at deadline. 

CLASS D6

No. 1 Harvard 50, No. 4 Creek Valley 20: Creek Valley took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but Harvard answered back with 50-straight points including four touchdown passes from Noah Okraska and four touchdowns from David Reazola. 

Okraska finished the game completing 9 of 18 for 260 yards and four those four scoring throws.

Reazola had 129 yards on five carries and 82 receiving yards. 

No. 2 McCool Junction 40, No. 5 Cody-Kilgore 28: McCool Junction took 16-14 lead into the locker room after Own McDonald scored on a 7-yard run and a pick-six. 

The Mustangs put it out of reach with three straight second-half touchdowns.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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