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5 Thoughts on Omaha Westside’s 42-3 Win Over Omaha Burke in Class A Playoffs

November 06, 2021

Hail Varsity was on the scene in Omaha on Friday night for more Class A playoff action. I took in the second-round game between Omaha Westside and Omaha Burke. The Warriors took care of business 42-3 making another strong statement that they are a state championship contender. Westside controlled the game from start to finish. It will move on to the Class A semifinals for the third year in a row.

Here are my five thoughts from the game.

Time to respect Westside

It’s been interesting hearing the chatter about Omaha Westside all season. The team hasn’t lost since the 2019 playoffs yet was the No. 2 seed coming into the playoffs. Even heading into the playoffs, it was a popular pick to have Millard South or Bellevue West as the clear favorites in Class A. It is time to consider Westside as the leader of the Class A playoff pack. Of course, that respect comes just in time for a huge showdown with Bellevue West. The Thunderbirds also appear to be clicking on all cylinders.

Dominating defense for Warriors

The Warriors have started the playoffs by allowing three points combined. Omaha Westside does not have the established star-studded defense. That’s what it boasted during last year’s state title run. What they have is a solid all-around defense. They held Burke to just 121 total yards on the evening and surrendered three points. Westside has only allowed 11 points in the last four games combined. Keep an eye on 2024 defensive back prospect Caleb Benning. He had two interceptions on Friday night and a few nice tackles. The defense is locked in and playing very good football.

Devon Jackson kept in check

It was a quiet night for the 4-star 2022 linebacker who is committed to Oregon. It was a combination of a few things. I thought Omaha Westside did a nice job scheming around him. Jackson’s speed makes him disruptive if he can rush the quarterback. When Burke was on offense Jackson wasn’t able to get much going either. He caught a tipped pass not intended for him and the team ran a reverse for him to get Jackson out in space. The stout Warriors defense was ready for the play. Not allowing Jackson to get off the starting blocks helped Westside Friday night.

Rezac brothers shine

One of the big in-season moves this year for Omaha Westside was making the change to Anthony Rezac. The sophomore quarterback has been a great spark for the Warriors. He had another good night on Friday. He threw for 145 yards and four touchdowns in the game. His brother Dominic, caught a pair of those touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards with a touchdown. Dominic might be the Warriors most important player. He gives the team so much on the ground and catching the football.

No ordinary freshman

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with seeing Omaha Burke freshman linebacker Christian Jones play. It’s an awfully big stage for a freshman but Jones (6-3, 200) did not disappoint. He was active on defense for Burke throughout the evening. There were mistakes here and there but that can be expected for such a young player. It’s easy to see why the Huskers offered him a scholarship early. He’s got enormous potential to be the next big star at Omaha Burke.

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