Sports News-October 28, 2013

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The World Series is tied at two games apiece after Jonny Gomes smacked a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis.  Gomes was a late addition to the starting lineup after outfielder Shane Victorino was scratched due to tightness in his lower back.  David Ortiz had three of the Red Sox's six hits and scored twice.

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series standings.  The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise.  Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week.  Florida State is ranked third while Ohio State and Stanford are fourth and fifth respectively.  Nebraska dropped out of the rankings and will host Northwestern on Saturday at 2:30.  The game will be televised on BTN.  The Huskers were knocked out of Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls yesterday, one day after the losing 34-23 to the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Matthew Stafford's one-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left capped a wild fourth quarter and gave Detroit a 31-30 win over Dallas.  Calvin Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards to widely out duel Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant.  He only had three catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns.  Johnson's yardage total was the second best in NFL history.  The 5-3 Lions overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter during which they outscored Dallas 24-17.  The Lions outgained Dallas 623-268.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have updated its high school football rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Millard West remains at number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A' and Gretna stays at number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Norfolk Catholic jumps from sixth to fourth, Pierce moves up from ninth to sixth, Columbus Lakeview enters the rankings at number ten, and Columbus Scotus falls from the rankings.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull stays at number one, Battle Creek moves up from seventh to fourth, Lutheran High Northeast drops from second to sixth, and Hartington Cedar Catholic improves from ninth to seventh.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, West Point Guardian Angels stays at number six, and Randolph stays at number nine.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains third, Fullerton jumps from fifth to fourth, Lyons Decatur Northeast moves up from ninth to sixth, Stuart jumps from tenth to seventh, and Humphrey St. Francis falls out of the rankings.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, Millard West stays at number one in Class 'A' and Gretna remains number one in Class 'B'.  In Class 'C-1', Boone Central/Newman Grove is once again first, Pierce jumps from sixth to fifth, Norfolk Catholic moves up from seventh to sixth, and Columbus Lakeview remains tenth.  In Class 'C-2', Doniphan-Trumbull is once again first, Battle Creek jumps from eighth to second, and Lutheran High Northeast drops from second to seventh.  In Class 'D-1', Exeter/Milligan stays at number one, Howells/Dodge remains second, Creighton is once again third, and West Point Guardian Angels stays at number seven.  In Class 'D-2', Falls City Sacred Heart is once again first, Wynot remains second, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number four, and Fullerton moves up from eighth to seventh.  In 'Six-Man', Silver Lake stays at number one.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star updated its high school football rankings today.  The Three-time Defending State Champion Norfolk Catholic Knights jump from sixth to fourth in the Omaha World Herald and improve from seventh to sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-1" after routing Wayne 57-6 last Thursday.  The 6-2 Knights will host 5-3 Gibbon on Thursday at 7:00 in the first round of the playoffs.  Lutheran High Northeast drops from second to sixth in the Omaha World Herald and second to seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  The 7-1 Eagles dropped a 41-3 decision at Battle Creek last Thursday.  Lutheran High Northeast will entertain 4-4 Johnson County Central in the first round of the playoffs at 3:00 on Thursday.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

The three-time defending state champion Norfolk Catholic football team routed Wayne 57-6 last Thursday night improve to 6-2 on the season.  Jackson Love ran for 122 yards off 25 carries and two touchdowns while the Knights built a 24-6 lead at halftime.  David Engelhaupt ran for two scores and caught another.  Quarterback Zach Pospisil threw two touchdown passes.  Seven players in all had a hand in a score for Norfolk Catholic.  They totaled 384 yards of offense while the Blue Devils mustered only 111.  The Knights forced four Wayne turnovers. They are ranked fourth in the Omaha World Herald & sixth in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-1'.  Norfolk Catholic is outscoring their opponents on average 38.8-13.9.  The Knights will now host 5-3 Gibbon in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday at 7:00.  Norfolk Catholic drew the three seed in the west bracket while the Buffaloes are the 14 seed.  

The Lutheran High Northeast football team dropped a 41-3 decision at Battle Creek last Thursday to drop to 7-1 on the season.  Shaka Taylor ran for 74 yards off 22 carries to lead the Eagles in a losing effort.  They trailed 28-3 at halftime.  Lutheran High Northeast is ranked sixth in the Omaha World Herald & seventh in the Lincoln Journal Star in Class 'C-2'.  They are outscoring their opponents on average 30.4-17.9.  The Eagles' 16 game win streak dating back to 2011 was snapped in the loss.  Lutheran High Northeast will host 4-4 Johnson County Central in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday afternoon at 3:00.  The game can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.  The Eagles drew the two seed in the east bracket while the Thunderbirds are the 15 seed.

The Norfolk High volleyball team is 10-19 after beating Hastings in three sets & Lexington in two at last Thursday's Hastings Invite.  Norfolk's ten wins have come at the expense of Bennington, Omaha Benson, Omaha Northwest, Lincoln High twice, Kearney, Lincoln East, Bellevue East, Hastings, & Lexington.  Norfolk's remaining schedule has them visiting 26-8 Lincoln Southeast on Thursday and then competing in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament at Hastings on Saturday.

Norfolk Catholic graduate Phil McCarthy placed eleventh in last Saturday's USA Track & Field 24 Hour National Championship Race in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  McCarthy, who resides in New York, graduated from Norfolk Catholic in 1986.  He is the American Record Holder for the 48 Hour Race and 2011 National Champion.

Local Scores:  (21) Nebraska 3 Penn St. 2 (2 OT) (W Socc.); Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne 1 Nebraska-Omaha 0 (W Socc.); Upper Iowa 5 WSC 0 (W Socc.).

NFL Scoreboard:  New Orleans 35 Buffalo 17; Kansas City 23 Cleveland 17; Detroit 31 Dallas 30; New England 27 Miami 17; N.Y. Giants 15 Philadelphia 7; San Francisco 42 Jacksonville 10; Cincinnati 49 N.Y. Jets 9; Oakland 21 Pittsburgh 18; Arizona 27 Atlanta 13; Denver 45 Washington 21; Green Bay 44 Minnesota 31.

     NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            San  Jose            5    Ottawa          2
      Final  2OT    Tampa  Bay          4    Florida        3  (SO  Tampa  Bay  2-1)
      Final            Anaheim              4    Columbus      3
      Final            Colorado            3    Winnipeg      2
      Final  2OT    Los  Angeles      2    Edmonton      1  (SO  Los  Angeles  2-1)

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