Columbus High, Lakeview and Scotus Central Catholic are all into the playoffs for the third time in the history of the city. Each of the three begins a hopeful trek through the postseason on Friday, Oct. 29.
Columbus defeated North Platte but because three previous Bulldog opponents all won on Friday, North Platte added three more points to its wildcard total and edged past the Discoverers for the 8th seed. That made CHS the 9 seed and sets a rematch for Friday in North Platte.
Lakeview handed Scotus the largest loss between the two in 12 years, won the district title with that victory and rose up five spots in the Class C-1 ranking to 11th. The Vikings will travel to 8-1 Milford to start the playoffs.
Scotus maintained its position at fourth in C-1 and will host Fort Calhoun on Friday in Columbus.
Who plays where the remainder of the playoffs comes down to three factors in Class C-1. If both teams hosted in the previous round, the team with the highest point average will host. If that number is tied, the higher seed will host. Thus if Scotus and Chadron win, Scotus will host again in the quarterfinals. However, if Battle Creek defeats Chadron, Scotus will go on the road. If one team was a visitor and one team was the host in the previous round, the visitor hosts the next round.
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Lakeview will have to play the role of road warriors in the first round. With a win. The Vikings will host either Wayne or Boone Central in the second round.
In Class A, the higher seed hosts each round.
All three Columbus teams last made it to the playoffs together in 2016 and have also shared postseason runs in 2011 and 2000. However, all three advancing to the second round has never happened.
In 2000, Columbus High made a run to the semifinals where it was beaten 28-0 by eventual state champion Lincoln Southeast. Lakeview lost to Norfolk Catholic in the first round 21-7, and Scotus defeated Oakland-Craig then lost to Wahoo Neumann.
In 2011, Columbus was beaten by Grand Island 49-7, Lakeview defeated Lincoln Lutheran and Omaha Roncalli but fell to eventual runner-up Platteview 42-0 in the quarterfinals and Scotus defeated Centennial and lost to Platteview in the second round.
Five years ago, Columbus lost to Beatrice 54-31, Lakeview took a 45-20 defeat from O'Neill and Scotus fell to Kearney Catholic 33-30.
CHS has "mythical" state championships in football - a term coined for those championships given by by the World-Herald and Journal Star for the final No. 1 team in the publication's ratings prior to the playoff system instituted in 1975. Since '75, Columbus' best run in the postseason was in 2000 and the semifinals.
Lakeview played for a championship in 1990 and made the semifinals in 2013. Scotus has three state titles - 1984, 1993 and 2015.
This will be Columbus High's 18th trip to the playoffs. The Discoverers are 9-17 in 26 postseason games. Lakeview is making its 13th trip to the playoffs, has played 24 postseason games and is 12-12 all time. Scotus is in the playoffs for the 24th time. The Shamrocks are 24-25 in 49 postseason games.