5 Thoughts on Bellevue West's 36-13 Win Over Elkhorn South
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5 Thoughts on Bellevue West’s 36-13 Win Over Elkhorn South

September 21, 2019

Hail Varsity was on the scene in Bellevue on Friday to check out a huge matchup in Class A between the Bellevue West Thunderbirds and the Elkhorn South Storm. It was a highly-anticipated matchup that didn’t quite live up to the hype. The Thunderbirds ran away with the game 36-13. Regardless, there was a lot of talent on both sidelines that we could end up seeing again in the playoffs.

Here are my five thoughts on the game.

Zavier Betts Is a Game Changer

I don’t know if you can qualify him as underrated given how high of a 4-star Zavier Betts is. Yet, he might actually be underrated. The Husker commit dominated the camp circuit this summer before an ankle injury slowed him down. On Friday night, he added two more touchdowns to his season total. I came away from that game thinking we do not talk enough about good Betts is. He is a special talent.

Teddy Prochazka Is Good With Room to Grow

It was a tough night for Elkhorn South overall but there were moments where 2021 Huskers offensive line target Teddy Prochazka looked good. He is starting to fill out his frame and you can see that he did a lot of strength work in the offseason. He still moves very well for kid his size as well. The exciting thing with him is that there is still so much potential to reach there is no telling how good he could be.

Bellevue West’s Offense Is the Real Deal

There really is an embarrassment of riches of talent on Bellevue West’s offense. Betts is the headliner but running back Jay Ducker isn’t far behind. The Northern Illinois commit is having a terrific season and made plays all night. Nate Sullivan and Keagan Johnson are dangerous out there as well at wide receiver. The big difference maker for Bellevue West’s offense is the play of quarterback Nate Glantz. His dual-threat ability is the perfect fit for what Coach Mike Huffman wants in his offense.

Elkhorn South a Year Away?

The big question I have about Elkhorn South after this contest is whether or not they are one more year away from being a state champion contender. There is a lot of talent on this team that aren’t seniors yet especially on the offensive and defensive lines. It will be interesting to see how they bounce back from this loss. 

Thunderbirds Are Built to Win State Title

There can sometimes be an issue with teams in Nebraska that are high-powered offenses. They can’t move the ball as effectively once the weather turns cold. I don’t think that will be an issue for Bellevue West. Ducker is an excellent running back. The ability of the wide receivers to turn short passes into long gains is tough to stop. The quarterback run game adds a difficult wrinkle too. They will be a force all season long. With that offense being matched with an improving defense, it will be tough to get a game from them this season.

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