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5 Thoughts on Bennington Winning Class B Title 42-14 Over Aurora

November 23, 2021

Hail Varsity was on the scene in Lincoln to check out the Class B championship game between Bennington and Aurora. It was a rematch of the week two game between the schools that saw a combined 99 points. Bennington won that game 55-44. This time it wasn’t nearly as close. Bennington won the rematch to capture the state championship 42-14. It was the school’s second state championship in school history with the first coming 32 years ago.

Here are my five thoughts on the game.

Record breaking night for Mostek

All Dylan Mostek does is put up big-time stats week in and week out. The senior running back was sensational all season long. He came into the game needing below his season average to break the single-season 11-man rushing record. That record was held by Omaha North running back Calvin Strong. Rushing for 218 yards and four touchdowns in the state title game etched his name in the record books. He unofficially ended the season with 3,066 yards which is the new record in Nebraska.

Don’t forget Collazo

The night will long be remembered for Mostek’s record breaking performance. He wasn’t the only impressive back in the game. Aurora running back Carlos Collazo announced himself to the state on Monday night. He did everything he could to help his team win. Collazo had 36 carries for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also chipped in two catches for 10 yards. Collazo is just a junior so we will be hearing plenty from him next season for the Huskies.

Luke MacDonald all over the field

Collazo has a monster game for Aurora but the Bennington defense only allowed 14 points in the game. That was in large part to the play of senior linebacker Luke MacDonald. He played a great game and was all over the field making plays. That shows up on the stat sheet. He recorded 15 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He picked a fine time to have a monster game to help his team win a state championship.

Passing game threat

There was one big difference between the two teams in the state title game. Bennington’s ability to get just enough out of the passing game was clutch. Mostek gets a lot of the headlines. Quarterback Trey Bird did enough with his arm to keep defenses off balance all season long. He did it again on Monday night when he hit Cayden Bluhm with a 65-yard touchdown pass. We even got to see a trick play to let wide receiver Seth Wempen throw the ball. Wempen was originally Bennington’s starting quarterback before an injury. Bird played so well the team moved Wempen to wide receiver to keep the momentum rolling this season.

Early momentum flipper

It was tough for Aurora to get its offense off the ground in this one early. The first drive of the game had a lot of promise. It was 14 plays for 74 yards which was the perfect way to keep Mostek and Bennington on the sidelines. But then an interception ended that drive. The second drive of the game was nine plays for Aurora that also ended in an interception. It was all downhill from there for the Huskies who had a great season. The team started 0-2 before running off 10 straight wins and finishing as the Class B runner-up.

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