Practice report: Omaha Skutt will once again have state title expectations

Tyson Gordon could help the Omaha Skutt offense in a variety of ways.

World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter attended Omaha Skutt football practice Monday. Here are his observations.

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Omaha Skutt has cemented its place as a perennial power in Class B. Year in and year out the SkyHawks' expectation is to win a state championship. That hasn't changed in 2018.

The known

Senior running back Jarod Epperson is a breakaway back. Not only should Epperson have a big year at running back, he is slated to play outside linebacker as well.

Junior athlete Tyson Gordon will play all over the field. He played safety and wide receiver last year and will start this season at safety. Gordon is athletic and strong enough to play anywhere in the back seven on defense. He could be used in a variety of ways on offense.

Senior TJ Skradksi will be a physical presence once again at tight end and defensive end. Skradksi is one of 21 players from Nebraska in the 2019 class with a Division I scholarship offer (Stetson).

The offensive and defensive lines are bigger and stronger than what you normally see from Omaha Skutt. The SkyHawks will always be coached well, but now they have the size and strength to go with it. The SkyHawks have three players listed at over 250 pounds.

Senior Sam Heffron (5-10, 250) is the leader of the group. Junior Blake Anderson (6-4, 275) has all of the tools of a high-level player. Junior Zach McCaw (5-11, 255) will anchor the middle of the offensive line.

The unkown

Quarterback is unsettled. Senior Ryan McCormick and Gordon could share time to start the season. Both have experience and have taken varsity snaps at quarterback. If the SkyHawks settle on McCormick, that will give Skutt another weapon in Gordon to use in a variety of ways on offense.

The line is big and has some experience, but like most Class B schools, the lack of depth could hurt if the SkyHawks have a rash of injuries. Young unproven players will need to step up and fill in.

A Week Four home game with York awaits. The unkown will be if Moylan Field has enough room for the crowd that night.

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