Hail Varsity was on the scene in Gretna on Friday night to see the Class A semifinal matchup between Gretna and Omaha North. It was a cold and windy night that made kicking an adventure all evening. Gretna dominated the game from the opening drive, winning the game 34-0. The Dragons defense held Omaha North to under 50 total yards in the first half of the game to set the tone. Gretna will face off against Omaha Westside for the Class A championship at Memorial Stadium.
Here are my five thoughts from the game.
Flores is real deal
Normally people don’t rave about a quarterback’s performance after he throws for 135 yards. Not all games are created equal. Despite tough throwing conditions the 2023 quarterback managed the team to victory. Flores was a gamer, making big throws when the team needed it. He accounted for three total touchdowns on the night with a pair through the air and one on the ground. Flores would have had another long touchdown pass, but a perfectly placed deep ball was dropped for what would’ve been a wide-open score.
Gretna complete team
For a lot of this season Gretna wasn’t getting the respect it deserved for the season it was having. There were questions about schedule difficulty and also if the Dragons were more than just a team that had a high-flying offense. The Dragons are a complete football team. The run game giving the team balance has been huge. The defense has been outstanding, too. Omaha North scored 49 and 35 points in its two previous playoff games. North didn’t cross the 50-yard line until the game was already out of reach.
What a season
Despite the tough end to the season Omaha North has a lot to be proud of. The team started 0-5 and made a run to the semifinals in Class A. That shows a lot about the toughness of the team. Hats off to coach Larry Martin who is one of the top coaches in the state. The Vikings have some good playmakers on the team. That includes a dominating defensive line that has players who will get all-state consideration. For next season, keep an eye on running back Te’Shaun Porter. He’ll be one of the top backs in the state in 2022.
Huber remains the key
Ask high school football fans about slowing down the Gretna offense. It begins with talented quarterback Zane Flores. I still think the most important player fueling this run for the Dragons is running back Mick Huber. His tough running on Friday night was crucial for the team setting the tone early. Establishing just enough of a ground game in the cold elements was going to add up over the course of the game. Huber rumbled for 115 yards and two touchdowns. That’s despite not playing the fourth quarter after the game got out of hand.
New kid on the block
This season is impressive for Gretna so far. The team is 11-1 heading into the state title matchup with Omaha Westside. That’s a great year on its own but there is an added wrinkle. Gretna is only in its fourth season as a Class A team. It’s fun to see the Dragons work their way into the upper echelon of Class A powerhouses.
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.