Reminisce on Nebraska’s high school football playoffs over the years

Now is the time of year to catch high school football playoff fever.

Postseason brings the season’s most dominant performances. These athletes exhibit a competitive drive that has earned them the chance to win at least one more accolade.

The offense supplies plenty of big plays in match-ups of the state’s top teams. And the dogged defense literally pulls out all the stops. Tourney time is where you will see the biggest hits, biggest blocks and longest runs. Whether its offense, defense or special teams, one play can be a game-changer.



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Tackles are broken, interceptions are made and, before you know it, champions are crowned.

With so much natural talent on the field, they. Could. Go. All. The. Way! Let’s reminisce on the grit on the gridiron on display at the high school football playoffs.

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LINCOLN -- at the Class A Championship football game between Millard North High School and Omaha Central High School at the football game at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on November 16, 2007. (Omaha World-Herald photo by Matt Miller)

2007: Omaha Central’s Shane Prater pulls in a first quarter touchdown over Millard North’s Blake Brisson at the Class A Championship football game at Memorial Stadium.


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Lincoln -- Aurora's Jacob Shaffer makes an interception with the assistance of Joshua Bart over Beatrice's Justin Coleman in the NSAA 2008 Class B State Football Championship at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday, Nov.  22, 2008. (Alyssa Schukar/Oma...

2008: Aurora’s Jacob Shaffer makes an interception with the assistance of Joshua Bart over Beatrice’s Justin Coleman in the Class B State Football Championship at Memorial Stadium.


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2002: Millard North’s Jake Behrens is tackled by North Platte’s Mitch Williams in the first quarter of their Class A semi-final game of the Nebraska State High School football playoffs.


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