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Kearney and Gretna Face Off in Nebraska Class A Playoffs

What you need to know and how to watch this week's Nebraska Class A high school football playoffs: Kearney vs Gretna - Friday, October 30th at 7:00 pm CT.

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Game Overview

The Kearney Bearcats take on the Gretna Dragons in a 2020 NSAA State Football Championships second-round Class A matchup – Friday, September 30th at 7:00 pm CT.

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Kearney Looks to Continue Winning Ways

The Kearney Bearcats are 3-4 on the season and ranked as the #9 seed in the NSAA Class A bracket. The Bearcats have regular-season losses to Lincoln Southeast (14-10), #1 ranked Omaha Westside (47-14), #2 ranked Bellevue West (49-14), and an overtime loss to Elkhorn South (28-21). They beat Columbus 41-19 and Lincoln High (34-0).

In round one of the playoffs, Kearney defeated #24 seed and winless Lincoln Northeast Rockets 46-6. The Bearcats were helped by five Rocket turnovers and led 40-0 at the half.

Kearney Players to Watch

Senior QB Preston Pearson (6’2″/205 lbs)

In the opening playoff round against Lincoln Northeast, Pearson was a perfect 9 of 9 passing for 94 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Junior RB Parker Wise (6’0″/205 lbs)

Wise led the Bearcat rushing attack against Lincoln NE, with 8 carries for 80 yards. He also scored two touchdowns on runs of 21 and 2 yards.

Gretna Hopes to Bounce Back After Late Season Loss

The Gretna Dragons are 6-1 on the season and ranked as the #8 playoff seed.  They opened the season with six straight wins over Lincoln Southwest (30-7), Lincoln High (34-7), Papillion-Lavista South (45-22), Pius X (35-3), Bellevue East (41-18) and Omaha Skutt (31-28). The Dragons ended the regular season on a sour note with a 35-10 loss to Elkhorn South.

Despite the loss, Gretna’s 6-1 record earned them a bye in round one of the playoffs.  After a week off, the Dragons are rested and ready to get back into the win column. If they want to beat Kearney, Gretna will need a much better defensive effort than the 35 points they surrendered against Elkhorn South.

Gretna Players to Watch 

Sophomore QB Zane Flores (6’1″/175 lbs)

Flores has been very impressive in only his sophomore year. According to Max Preps, Flowers has 1656 yards passing with 16 touchdowns and only 2 INT’s. What’s even more impressive is that Flores is very efficient with the ball, completing 122 of 170 passes for an impressive 71 percent completion percentage.

In their 31-28 victory over Omaha Skutt, Flores completed 23 of 29 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior WR Trevor Marshall (6’2″/205 lbs)

Marshall leads the Dragons receiving corp with 744 yards on the season and 9 touchdowns. Against Omaha Skutt, he contributed 136 yards receiving and accounted for all three of Flores’ touchdown passes.

Senior WR Jackson Alexander (6’2″/195 lbs)

Alexander is just behind Marshall in receiving yards and touchdowns (644 yards/6 TD’s) and provides another big target. Marshall and Alexander have combined for 15 of 16 touchdown passes thrown by Flores.

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