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5 Thoughts on Elkhorn South’s 21-10 Win Over Lincoln Southeast

October 22, 2021

Hail Varsity was on the scene on Friday night at Seacrest Field for the Class A matchup between Elkhorn South and Lincoln Southeast. Both team played good defense but Elkhorn South found a way to make the big plays in the game. The Storm took the matchup 21-10. They had control for most of the game. It was the final regular season game of the season for each team before the state playoffs start next week.

Here are my five thoughts on the game.

Big plays the difference

Both of these team feature slower paced offenses. When that’s the case big plays are sometimes the difference in the game. That was the case on Friday night. Elkhorn South was able to hit a few big plays against a stout Lincoln Southeast defense. That included this 19-yard touchdown run by quarterback Will Skradis.

Yards and points were hard to come in this matchup.Sometimes you just have to find a way to get a few big plays.

Lack of Appleget targets

One of the ways that Southeast could have produced more big plays was to get the ball to Jake Appleget. He was the best athlete on the field again Friday night but didn’t get much chance to show what he could do. He was used as a decoy a lot in the first half. To Elkhorn South’s credit it had a plan to limit him with double-teams. Southeast did try to run a reverse to him that wasn’t able to get going. If the Knights hope to make a run in the playoffs they have to get the Nebraska commit involved on offense.

Husker coaches in the house

The Huskers are on a bye week so the team decided to get out on the road to see some prospects in person. It was the first time they’ve seen Friday Night Lights action since 2019. I spotted coach Scott Frost, outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson and defensive line coach Tony Tuioti on the sidelines. Tuioti has his son, Teitum, playing for Lincoln Southeast. Nebraska was also able to see commits Jake Appleget and Gunnar Gottula. Defensive line 2023 target from Elkhorn South, Maverick Noonan, was also on the field.

Elkhorn South patience on offense

One thing I was impressed with during the game was the patience by Elkhorn South on offense. The Storm were content to play their style of game. They didn’t take many chances but also didn’t make the big mistake that would have given Southeast momentum either. The offensive line deserves a game ball for the way it opened up holes on Friday night. The ground game featured a couple running backs and the QB run game was effective too.

Maverick Noonan is a force

As the 2022 recruiting class winds down people will start focusing more on the talented 2023 group in-state. That next wave of players is headlined by the Elkhorn South star at defensive end. It’s very difficult to block Noonan one-on-one for any team. Lincoln Southeast has a tackle that can hold up in Gunnar Gottula, a 2023 Husker commit. However, the pair were not matched up much on Friday night. Noonan is a big-time player for the Storm. He holds eight scholarship offers including Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa State and Missouri.

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