Hail Varsity was on the scene on Friday night in Elkhorn. That’s where the Class B matchup between No. 1 Bennington and No. 2 Elkhorn High took place. The Badgers had control of this game from the start and never looked back. They won 49-14 making a clear statement to the rest of Class B.
Here are my five thoughts from the game.
Mostek comes up big
Every week Bennington’s opponent comes into the game knowing that slowing down the senior running back is a key. That hasn’t helped teams slow the state’s leading rusher at all. He rumbled for 190 yards and four scores on Friday night. The game got out of hand quickly but when the Badgers needed a play early they turned to Mostek. He was ready to answer the call.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) October 9, 2021
Just enough balance
The Badgers offense wasn’t just a one-man show on Friday night. A huge key to their success moving the football is an ability to have just enough balance. That’s what I asked coach Kam Lenhart about after the game.
“The fact we can stretch the defense with Cayden [Bluhm] and do all that kind of stuff just allows us running lanes with Dylan [Mostek] to open up,” Lenhart said. “Both Dylan and Nick Colvert do a phenomenal job of finding seams to get vertical and then once the defense starts to suck back in we’re able to go over the top with Cayden. And Isaac [Conner] got a big one there in the end zone for his touchdown.”
Teams not being able to key in on Mostek makes Bennington a hard team to defend.
What a rush
As if the matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class B wasn’t enough the teams agreed on a wrinkle for the game. Bennington went with all-blue uniforms and Elkhorn went with all-red. This was agreed on before the season according to Lenhart.
“Coach [Dan] Feichert and I texted during the summer and thought it would be cool,” Lenhart said. “The NFL does it, so hey, this is the perfect opportunity to do it with them wearing all reds and us in all blues. So, we said let’s roll with it.”
What a fun thing for their teams that these two coaches came up with. The color rush definitely helped with the big game atmosphere.
Badgers defense stands tall
Bennington scored on its first five possessions of the game. The team didn’t punt until 43 seconds left in the third quarter. Yet it was the defense that caught my eye. Early in the game the Badgers stopped Elkhorn on downs twice, picked off a pass and forced two punts. One of the big questions of this game was how Elkhorn was going to score enough to keep up with Bennington. The Badgers offense gets the headlines but the defense has been a steady force for the team all season long.
Keeping eye on the prize
The message that Lenhart delivered to his team after the game was simple. Stay humble in victory because there is more for this team to do. This is no time to get complacent and a state title was not won on Friday night. Lenhart spoke after the game about liking where his team is mentally. The team is still hungry heading down the stretch of this season and into the playoffs.
— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) October 9, 2021
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.