Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:15 pm
FOOTBALL
NSAA releases 2014-15 schedules

Pull out your calendars and start circling those key Friday night dates for this fall.

The Nebraska School Activities Association released the statewide 2014-15 high school football schedules on Wednesday.

The schedules featured changes in several classes.

In Class A, districts were changed to include teams statewide. Previously all of the Omaha schools were divided into their own districts and the rest of the state made up the other districts.

Grand Island Senior High’s district opponents for the next two seasons are Fremont, Lincoln Northeast, Millard South, Omaha Burke and Omaha Westside.

The rivalry game against Kearney moves up in the schedule back into the season-opening spot, followed by a contest against Lincoln Southeast.

In a change from previous years, Grand Island closes out the regular season with a non-district game, which will be against North Platte.

Northwest’s schedule has a very western flavor. After opening against Adams Central in the Patriots’ return to Class B, the Vikings face a succession of McCook, Alliance, Gering, Scottsbluff and Sidney.

Northwest then battles district foes York, Aurora and Seward.

Classes C-1 and C-2 expand their regular seasons from eight to nine games while reducing the playoff qualifiers from 32 to 16 teams.

Grand Island Central Catholic opens with a playoff rematch against Broken Bow before taking on Milford-Dorchester, Gothenburg and Boone Central/Newman Grove.

The district schedule is made up of Central City, Minden, Kearney Catholic, Holdrege and St. Paul.

The 8-man classes are the last to remain at an eight-game regular season.

After a bye in the first week, Heartland Lutheran takes on non-district teams Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, Red Cloud, Lawrence-Nelson and Elkhorn Valley.

The Red Hornets are in a district with Osceola, Palmer, Hampton and Humphrey St. Francis.

In other notes about area teams’ schedules:

>> Hastings and Adams Central will renew a cross-town rivalry in Week 7.

>> Aurora’s non-district schedule consists of Crete, Alliance, Adams Central, Hastings, McCook and Scottsbluff.

>> Traditional powers Boone Central/Newman Grove, Norfolk Catholic and Pierce are in the same district.

>> The Arcadia-Loup City co-op will debut at home this fall against Hershey.

>> Defending Class C-2 state champion Doniphan-Trumbull opens at home against North Platte St. Patrick’s, a team it eliminated from the playoffs the last two seasons. The Cardinals’ district once again includes Hastings St. Cecilia and Sutton.

>> Hastings St. Cecilia and Ravenna open up against each other.

>> Fullerton moves up to Class D-1 and faces four playoff qualifiers in 2013 to close out the regular season – Clarkson/Leigh, Nebraska Christian, Howells-Dodge and High Plains. The Warriors play the new Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family co-op right before that stretch.

>> The Greeley-Wolbach/North Loup-Scotia co-op debuts at Nebraska Lutheran.

>> In Week 5, Giltner goes to Exeter-Milligan, the Class D-1 state champions who are moving down to D-2. Palmer, BDS and Overton are on the schedule prior to that challenge.

>> Schedules for every team can be found at http://www.nsaahome.org/fb.php.

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