5 Thoughts on Bellevue West Winning Nebraska's Class A Title
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5 Thoughts on Bellevue West Winning Nebraska’s Class A Title

November 27, 2019

The state championship games are here in Nebraska. Hail Varsity was at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night for the Class A matchup between Bellevue West and Omaha Westside.

It was a cold and snowy affair that featured a highly anticipated matchup between Huskers wide receiver commit and 2021 4-star cornerback target Avante Dickerson. The Thunderbirds controlled the game from the start, coming away with a 35-0 win to complete a perfect 13-0 season. 

Here are my five thoughts from the game.

Too many weapons for Bellevue West

All season long Bellevue West’s offense marched up and down the field on its opponents. There were 10 different games this season where they scored over 42 points. Running back Jay Ducker and wide receiver Zavier Betts command a lot of attention. But quarterback Nate Glantz and wide receivers Keagan Johnson, Nate Sullivan and Micah Riley are all dangerous. 

Defensive is secret sauce

Early in the season I was impressed with the Thunderbird defense. The offense gets a lot of headlines and ink, but in the end Bellevue West’s defense was the difference. They swarmed to the football all night long against Westside making it tough for them to get much of anything going. Senior defensive back Devin Mills led the team with nine tackles. It was a fitting end to the season for that side of the ball. 

Secret is out on Johnson

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2021 wide receiver prospect Keagan Johnson.

Everyone knows about Huskers 4-star wide receiver commit Zavier Betts. The same goes for Northern Illinois commit and record setting running back Jay Ducker. The next name you need to know (if you don’t already) is Keagan Johnson. He’s a talented returner, defender and wide receiver. Johnson had over 100 total yards in the game with a couple of touchdowns. This was his breakout night. Expect him to get a lot more attention from colleges moving forward, including Nebraska.

Tough end for Westside

Despite the season ending in a crushing loss, Omaha Westside has a lot to be proud of. Led by 2021 4-star cornerback Avante Dickerson and senior Huskers walk-on commit Grant Tagge, they had a great year. With quarterback Cole Payton and running back Ben Radicia returning next year they could be right back in the mix again. This shouldn’t be the last we hear from this group. 

Winter wonderland

One of the big topics around here this week has been the weather as we look towards the Black Friday game matchup between Nebraska and Iowa. Before that we were also monitoring a storm that could impact the state title games on Tuesday. As the day went on it got worse and by the time the Class A game kicked off it was snowing pretty good. It surely made for a memorable night for everyone who played in the game. Who doesn’t love some good ol’ fashioned football weather?

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