Hail Varsity was on the scene in Omaha to check out last season’s Class B state champion Omaha Skutt take on Blair. The SkyHawks took the game 35-13 in a contest that was closer than the score appeared. Skutt continued its quest for another undefeated season as they look to repeat as champions.
Here are my five thoughts on the game.
Gordon is a Super Athlete
The first thing I saw North Dakota State commit Tyson Gordon do when I arrived at Omaha Skutt was kick field goals. Though he was perfect on the night kicking the ball, the real fun was when he played quarterback. Gordon was efficient passing the ball but he was electric running with the football. He ripped off a 54-yard touchdown highlighted by a nifty spin move. He did miss the second half with a right arm injury but the early word is he should be back soon.
Blair Hung Around
A hat tip is in order for Blair. It’s not easy to go on the road to face the No. 1 team in Class B. After getting down 14-0 early in the first quarter the game had the makings of a blowout. Yet, Blair kept its poise and was able to keep things close. The Bears couldn’t get those last couple of plays needed to close the gap but should leave that game with some confidence.
Impressive Ground Game
I came away from that game impressed with Skutt’s ground attack. It’s not easy to replace an All-State running back who is as talented as Jarod Epperson. The SkyHawks have a committee of runners that can get the job done. Gunner Ott and Jacob Leu ran well for them on Friday night. Also, Gordon is a threat each time he runs the football.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) September 14, 2019
Each game I cover there are usually a handful of players that I’m looking out for when I arrive. Sometimes there are also players that stand out through the game. That happened on Friday night. Skutt tight end/outside linebacker Max Brinker and Blair wide receiver/linebacker Colin Quick each stood out to me. Both players made huge plays on offense for their team while also flashing on defense. I’m interested to see how each of their senior seasons turn out.
Fundamentally Sound Team
It’s only right to shout out the offensive linemen who make it happen up front for those runners. That unit played well on Friday night led by Blake Anderson. Their good line play traces back to how well-coached this team is from top to bottom. Outside of a few hiccups they did the little things well all night. That will serve them well in their quest to repeat.
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.