It might not have been the intent, but second-ranked Omaha Westside made a strong case for No. 1 Friday night against Millard South.
The Warriors put on a dominating performance, blasting the host Patriots 47-0 at Buell Stadium. An estimated 2,000 watched as Westside boosted its record to 6-0 while Millard South fell to 2-4.
“They're the most complete team we've played this season,” Patriots coach Andy Means said. “They've got playmakers all over the field.”
One of the main playmakers is quarterback Christian Hagan, who had a hand in 27 of those points. He threw three touchdown passes, booted a field goal and tacked on six extra-point conversion kicks.
“All the credit for our offensive success tonight goes to our line,” Hagan said. “They did a fantastic job and gave me the time to throw.”
The 6-foot-2 senior was 16 of 24 for 250 yards. His TD passes of 13, 39 and 45 yards went to different receivers.
“Everybody was making plays for us,” Warriors coach Brett Froendt said. “We were clicking on all cylinders, and our defense was fantastic.”
Westside, which allowed just 86 yards in total offense, kept the Patriots bottled up the entire game. Millard South crossed midfield only once — the Warriors' 49-yard line midway through the second quarter.
A Hagan 37-yard field goal put Westside on top in the first quarter, and the lead moved to 5-0 on a safety after an errant lateral was recovered by Millard South in its own end zone. That advantage grew on the ensuing free kick when Malek Pittman fielded the ball at the Warriors' 28 and raced 72 yards for the score.
Westside extended its lead to 26-0 with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Senior running back Lane Yates zipped 72 yards for one TD and Hagan hit senior wide receiver Luke Biggs deep down the middle for a 45-yard scoring strike.
The Warriors' defense set up the first touchdown of the second half when Drew Fitzmorris recovered a fumble at the Patriots' 39-yard line. On the next play, Hagan again went deep down the middle and found Jamaal Conway-Smith for the score.
Westside made it 40-0 late in the third quarter when Hagan capped a six-play, 48-yard march by hitting Pittman with a 13-yard pass. It was the final throw of the night for Hagan, who gave way to his younger brother Mitchell.
The sophomore quarterback capped the Warriors' big offensive night shortly after sophomore lineman Brian Timmons had recovered another Patriots fumble. Mitchell Hagan connected with Andrew Combs on an 18-yard scoring pass.
“It's fun having him come in after me like that,” Christian Hagan said. “We just really had it going tonight.”
One of the busiest players for Millard South on Friday night was punter Alex Cloyd, who was called on eight times. The Patriots' other five drives ended with four fumbles and an interception.
“Our kids did a great job of executing the game plan,” Froendt said. “And we really got things rolling in the second half.”
Yates rushed 17 times for 143 yards to lead the Warriors ground attack, while Conway-Smith caught eight passes for 136 yards. Westside finished with 459 yards in total offense — 277 passing and 182 rushing.
Westside returns to action next Friday night with a home game against Omaha South. The Patriots will play next Friday night at Papillion-La Vista South.
Omaha Westside (6-0) ............................ 12 14 14 7—47
At Millard South (2-4) ............................ 0 0 0 0— 0
At Buell Stadium
OW: FG Christian Hagan 37
OW: Safety, ball fumbled into end zone
OW: Malek Pittman 72 kickoff return (Hagan kick)
OW: Lane Yates 72 run (Hagan kick)
OW: Luke Biggs 45 pass from Hagan (Hagan kick)
OW: Jamaal Conway-Smith 39 pass from Hagan (Hagan kick)
OW: Pittman 13 pass from Hagan (Hagan kick)
OW: Andrew Combs 18 pass from Mitchell Hagan (C. Hagan kick)
RUSHING: OW, Lane Yates 17-143, Drew Fitzmorris 3-6, Christian Hagan 4-13, Logan Duryee 2-14, Demarkus Scott 6-4, Keegan Cole 1-2. MS, Anthony Cloyd 21-6, Brad Kielty 1-2, Cody Knapp 1- (minus 3), Anthony Rosenthal 4-3, Jared Renken 2-3, Tanner Woitzel 4-18.
PASSING: OW, Christian Hagan 16-24-0 250; Mitchell Hagan 3-4-0 27. MS, Cloyd 6-14-0 53; Renken 1-2-1 4.
RECEIVING: OW, Jamaal Conway-Smith 8-136, Malek Pittman 2-18, Luke Biggs 4-87, Fitzmorris 1-7, Yates 1-2, Sam Maaiah 1-6, Matt Taylor 1-3, Andrew Combs 1-18. MS, Ryan DeVries 1-6, Kyle McMindes 1-11, Riley Hackbart 1-6, Logan Lichter 2-23, Cody Knapp 1-7, Adam Estergaard 1-4.
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