Elkhorn South’s regular-season finale turned into the Eli Hustad show.
The senior scored four touchdowns to lead the Storm to a 42-14 victory over Omaha Creighton Prep on Friday night at Omaha Burke. Hustad rushed for 266 yards and three scores and also caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to cap his night.
“I’ve been waiting for a breakout game like this all year,” he said. “Our line played outstanding in front of me.”
Hustad scored on runs of 3, 29 and 36 yards. Two of those runs came in the second quarter, when the Storm extended their lead to 28-0.
“Eli is an explosive weapon,” Elkhorn South coach Guy Rosenberg said. “He’s a dual threat with elusiveness and power.”
The Storm set the tone for the game on their first possession, scoring in three plays. Quarterback Elliott Brown ran for 6 yards, Hustad went for 47 before Brown scampered 15 for the touchdown.
“It was a great start to the game for us,” Rosenberg said.
The Storm struck for three more touchdowns in the second quarter to leave the Junior Jays behind. Guy Hunt hauled in a 32-yard TD pass from Brown and Hustad reached the end zone twice.
The Junior Jays got on the board early in the third quarter when quarterback John Coniglio hit Mason Armstead with a 7-yard pass. Armstead, who caught 12 passes for 159 yards, also caught a 26-yarder for a score late in the game.
Hustad ran for his third touchdown in the third quarter and caught a 17-yard TD pass from Brown in the fourth. Brown, who rushed for 92 yards, threw six passes but two resulted in scores.
Coniglio was 21 for 43 for 275 yards but threw three interceptions. Two were picked off by junior Trevor Winterstein and senior Shae Wright had the third.
“This was our most complete game of the season,” Rosenberg said. “I’m really proud of the way our guys played.”
Rosenberg credited his team for battling after consecutive losses to Millard South and Omaha Westside in early October.
“I felt like we were doing everything we could in practice,” he said. “Our guys kept chopping wood and we’ve bounced back from those tough losses.”
The Storm will be heading back to the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.
This is their second season competing in Class A after winning consecutive Class B titles in 2015 and 2016.
“We’re excited about it,” Hustad said. “We want to make our mark in Class A.”
Elkhorn South (6-3)...................7 21 7 7—42
Omaha Creighton Prep (6-3).........0 0 7 7—14
ES: Elliott Brown 15 run (Brian Cross kick)
ES: Guy Hunt 32 pass from Brown (Cross kick)
ES: Eli Hustad 36 run (Cross kick)
ES: Hustad 29 run (Cross kick)
CP: Mason Armstead 7 pass from John Coniglio (Pat Foley kick)
ES: Hustad 3 run (Cross kick)
ES: Hustad 17 pass from Brown (Cross kick)
CP: Armstead 26 pass from Coniglio (Foley kick)
Rushing: ES, Eli Hustad 25-266, Elliott Brown 9-92, Makhi Nelson-Douglas 2-10, Ben Warren 5-19, Blaze Doxzon 4-36, Corbin Koenig 2-3, Luka Kozeny 1-1. CP, Vinny Cacioppo 8-17, Max Sanders 1-2, John Coniglio 12-23, Anthony Collins 1-(minus 8), John McLeay 1-5, Brayden Woodward 3-(minus 3), Carson Bartak 1-4.
Passing: ES, Brown 4-6-1 85. CP, Coniglio 21-41-3 275, Woodward 0-1-0 0.
Receiving: ES, Guy Hunt 2-43, Hustad 2-42. CP, Mason Armstead 12-159, Will Manhart 2-23, Matteo DeGeorge 2-12, McLeay 3-44, Alex Bullock 2-37.