Bellevue West already has more wins than last year, but the Thunderbirds (4-2) may need at least one more against the teeth of their schedule. Their final three games are against No. 1 Millard North (6-0), Omaha North (5-1) and No. 10 Omaha Burke (3-3).
“It’s not like the schedule we had last year where every week was about executing and getting everything done right, or you were going to lose,’’ said West’s interim coach, Craig Moraski.
A player on the rise is Clester Johnson, the namesake son of the former Bellevue West quarterback and Husker receiver. In five games, the sophomore has 24 catches for 559 yards and four touchdowns.
“It’s a good bloodline there,” Moraski said.
Schools honor Faiman
At the Thunderbirds’ game at Omaha South last week, a tribute to the late John Faiman — who played and coached at South and coached 26 years at West — was shown on the Collin Stadium video board after the first quarter.
Roni Huerta, South’s athletic director, said the Packers’ coaching staff acted on alumni requests in honoring Faiman. Jack Bangert assembled the video. South players also wore “JF” helmet decals.
“An excellent tribute,’’ West coach Craig Moraski said. “It was a little emotional, though, because you had to go back out and regain focus.”
Tickets for Thursday’s Prep-Millard West football game at Burke Stadium will be sold at both schools from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday.
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