NEBRASKA CITY - As the leaves continue to change, the temperature drops and the winds picks up, the Nebraska high school football playoffs get underway Friday for all classes as hopeful teams begin their match towards the state championship. 

The usual suspects are in contention in Class A and Class B while Class C1 offers some intriguing first round matchups. In D1 and D2 many first round matchups feature teams that are undefeated or 8-1 on the season. The champions of D1 and D2 will have certainly earned it. 

Below are the River Country schools competing in Friday's first round. All games kickoff Friday, Oct. 28. 

Class A

No. 7 Bellevue West (6-3) vs No. 10 Papillion-LaVista South (6-3), 7 p.m. at Bell West

A down year by their standards, the Thunderbirds are battle tested after playing a tough schedule. Bellevue West has the weapons to move on to round two. Division 1 talent will be all over the field. 

Class B

No. 14 Plattsmouth (4-5) vs No. 3 Scottsbluff (8-1), 6 p.m. MT at Scottsbluff

The Blue Devils are a very young team and lost a lot of talent from a season ago. It's a long bus trip out west, but it would been an enjoyable ride home with a win. A successful first season under head coach Curtis Larsen. 

Class C1

No. 11 Platteview (6-3) vs No. 6 Adams Central (7-2), 7 p.m. at Adams Central

Platteview is a dangerous 11-seed with a ton of skill on offense, don't be surprised if it sneaks past a tough Adams Central team. The scoreboard operator could be busy in this one. 

No. 13 Auburn (6-3) vs No. 4 Ashland-Greenwood (8-1), 7 p.m. at Ashland-Greenwood

The Bulldogs are coming off a tough loss to rival Nebraska City. Ashland-Greenwood has beaten Auburn four straight times, including a 40-0 beatdown earlier this season. Can Auburn pull off the upset in another rivalry game?

Class D1

No. 15 Weeping Water (5-4) vs No. 2 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (9-0), 6 p.m. at Laurel

Weeping Water is the surprise team in D1 after upsetting Cross County 42-22 in the qualifying round. The Indians won five of six games down the stretch, but going on the road in the playoffs is never easy. 

No. 8 Elmwood-Murdock (8-1) vs No. 9 Hi-Line (8-1), 5 p.m. at Elmwood

Elmwood-Murdock has one of the highest-scoring offenses in all of Nebraska high school football. The Knights score an absurd 61.6 points per game including 95 points in the opening game of the season. But Hi-Line has an explosive offense of its own. Prediction? A lot of points. 

Class D2

No. 9 Johnson-Brock (8-1) vs No. 8 Dundy County Stratton (8-1), 2:30 p.m. MT at Benkelman

Tough draw for the Eagles who just missed out on hosting. The QB-receiver combo of Sloan Pelican and Nic Parriott is tough to stop. Winner of this game gets the 1-seed Howells-Dodge. Yikes.

Class D6

No. 9 Sterling (6-2) vs Shelton (6-2), 6 p.m. at TBD

The Jets had a strong season and have an evenly matched opening matchup. Although it will be tough for either of these schools to defeat 1-seed and D6 favorite Sumner-Eddyville-Miller in the second round.