Hail Varsity was in Millard for a Friday night matchup between Millard West and Kearney. It was a tale of two games. Kearney had control to start the game but Millard West tightened up and wore Kearney down. The game started 13-0 Kearney but Millard West went on to score 23 unanswered points to pick up the 23-13 victory.
Millard West improves to 6-0. With the loss, Kearney falls to 4-2.
Here are my five thoughts on the game.
Run Triple-Threat for Wildcats
Millard West’s run game is tough to stop. The Wildcats have a three-headed monster with their option game featuring Ethan Valencia, Dan Sullivan and quarterback Tristan Gomes. Valencia is very good at picking up yards after contact and was close to 100 yards rushing. Gomes went over 100 yards rushing on the evening against a tough defense.
Millard West Stayed the Course
I was impressed with how Millard West did not get flustered in the game or panic when the game started poorly for them. The Wildcats settled down well and continued to stay the course, just playing their game. They came into the game allowing just eight points a game and showed that type of stout defense in the second half.
Dalys Beanum All-State for a Reason
The South Dakota State commit was impressive all evening. He made one of the best catches I’ve seen this season after a great through from Tristan Gomes for a touchdown. He also played well at defensive back and on special teams. He’s a good football player that will have a nice career for the Jacks.
Kearney Couldn’t Deliver Knockout Blow
At the start of the game, Kearney created a turnover and capitalized. When the Bearcats went up 13-0, they needed one more big play to really take control of the game. Instead, Millard West hung around chipping away at the lead working it to a manageable 13-7 halftime deficit. Kearney will look back on this one and feel like it could have won if only it dropped the hammer in the second quarter.
Will Hear from these Teams in Playoffs
I came away from this game impressed with both of these teams. Millard West is a solid No.2 team in Class A and Kearney is still a top-10 team despite the loss. Both teams have what it takes to make some noise in the playoffs. It was a well-played game with just a few penalties and one of those was a delay of game on purpose for more room to punt. These are two good teams.
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.