Millard South went a bit off script for its Top 10 win Friday night.
The seventh-ranked Patriots faced a double-digit deficit after the first quarter, but scored on six of their next seven possessions before holding off No. 8 Omaha Creighton Prep 38-30 at Burke Stadium.
“Our big deal has been that we’ve been ahead of everyone at the end of the game and at times we haven’t been able to close the deal,” Millard South coach Andy Means said. “We weathered the storm tonight. I was proud of the way we came back.”
After Noah Strako connected on a 35-yard field goal to put Prep up 10-0 in the final minute of the opening quarter, the Patriots went to work.
A T.J. Urban touchdown pass to Isaiah Wise covered 15 yards and evened things just before halftime. Running back Isaiah Harris then went 24 yards around the right side to put Millard South up early in the third, the second Patriot touchdown in just over three minutes.
Prep answered when Elisha Burts pounded ahead for a 2-yard score later in quarter, but the ensuing extra point failed.
Urban orchestrated scoring drives on the next three Millard South possessions, notching 33-yard touchdown passes to Harris and Tyson Gerdes and adding a 6-yard touchdown run in the final two minutes of the game.
It was part of a stretch that saw Millard South outscore Prep 31-6.
“I kept telling the kids that we had to get to the point where we were able to move the ball at the end of the game when we were ahead and we needed to stop people when we had to,” Means said. “And we were able to do that tonight.”
Prep didn’t go away, though.
Reid Burke found Mason Armstead on a 36-yard touchdown pass to make it a one-score game in the final minute.
But Prep’s onside kick was corralled by Millard South before a pair of kneel downs ended it.
“They’ve got some really good skill kids and they got them in space,” Prep coach Tim Johnk said. “They do a really nice job distributing the ball. Give them a lot of credit. But we battled our tail off. I’m really proud of our effort. It was probably the best we’ve played all season, to be honest.”
Burts finished with 67 yards and two scores on 16 attempts. Burke added two touchdowns, one through the air and another on the ground.
Harris led the way for Millard South with 142 yards on 23 carries. The junior caught a touchdown and ran for another.
The victory sets up a Thursday night showdown for the Patriots against unbeaten Omaha Westside with a district title on the line.
“That’s one of our goals,” Means said of winning a district crown. “The kids have put themselves in a position do that. It’s going to be a war.”
Millard South (7-1)...................0 10 7 21—38
Omaha Creighton Prep (5-3).......10 0 6 14—30
OCP: Elisha Burts 4 run (Noah Strako kick)
OCP: FG Strako 35
MS: FG Cole Lammel 29
MS: Isaiah Wise 15 pass from T.J. Urban (Lammel kick)
MS: Isaiah Harris 24 run (Strako kick)
OCP: Burts 2 run (kick failed)
MS: Harris 33 pass from Urban (Lammel kick)
MS: Tyson Gerdes 33 pass from Urban (Lammel kick)
OCP: Reid Burke 2 run (Strako kick)
MS: Urban 6 run (Lammel kick)
OCP: Mason Armstead 36 pass from Burke (Strako kick)
Rushing: MS, Isaiah Harris 23-142, T.J. Urban 17-96, Team 3-(minus 4). OCP, Elisha Burts 16-67, Luke Sims 10-43, Reid Burke 4-22, Jackson Bartling 1-13, John Bullock 2-27, Team 2-minus 3.
Passing: MS, Urban 11-17-0 121. OCP, Burke 10-15-1 127.
Receiving: MS, Harris 4-29, Tyson Gerdes 5-80, Chase Perchal 1-15, Josh Reuting 1-(minus 3). OCP, John McLeay 3-30, Mason Armstead 5-92, Bartling 1-(minus 1), Will Manhart 1-6.
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