There’s a lot of things Caleb Tonkinson likes about playing quarterback.

The North Platte High senior likes calling the shots, moving the offense down the field and playing in front of big crowds at North Platte’s Bauer Field.

Tonkinson also likes winning games, which he has done a lot during his two years as the Bulldogs’ signal caller. He helped NPHS (7-3) this season make the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time since 2004.

On Friday night, the Dawgs will host Omaha North (5-5) in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. at Bauer Field.

The Vikings are the No. 16-seed and last week, they upset top seed Millard South in the first round in a high-flying game, 49-42.

Omaha North lost their first five games and four of those five games were against playoff qualifiers. But since the last of those five losses, which was Sept. 24 in their first meeting against Millard South, the Vikings have won five straight. In each of those five wins, North has scored 35 points or more.

The biggest player the Bulldogs will have to contain is their running back Te’Shaun Porter. The junior has rushed for 1,275 yards so far this season.

Should the Bulldogs beat the Vikings, they will play at the winner of Gretna (9-1) and Elkhorn South (9-1) on Nov. 12.

For more about Tonkinson and the Bulldogs, get a copy of this week’s Bulletin print edition.

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