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Five Thoughts on Omaha Skutt’s 23-8 Win Over Lincoln Pius X

September 30, 2022

Omaha Skutt returned from a forfeit-induced bye week to log its first win over a ranked opponent this season as the No. 7 SkyHawks took down No. 8 Lincoln Pius X 23-8 on Thursday night.

Here are five thoughts on the game.

Mac’s the Man

The best athlete on the field Thursday night was Skutt’s senior running back/quarterback/linebacker/whatever else the team needs who made a big impact on both offense and defense.

On offense, Holtam ran the ball five times for 105 yards including touchdown runs of 64 and 20 yards. The second score was a dagger touchdown with less than three minutes to play when Coach Matt Turman put Holtam in at quarterback on third down.

Defensively, Holtam made plays both behind the line of scrimmage and down the field from his linebacker spot. He recorded Skutt’s only sack of the game, he got into the backfield on fourth down with less than six minutes to play and knocked down quarterback Kolbe Volkmer’s pass as soon as it left his hands (one of two pass break-ups I saw) and he picked off Volkmer in the red zone with less than a minute to play to seal the win.

Holtam played just four games last season because of injury, but he scored six times in those four games and averaged 7.5 yards per carry. He can be a game-changer for the SkyHawks.

Big Back Bohy

Lincoln Pius X struggled to sustain drives on Thursday night, but one player who stood out offensively was  senior running back Matt Bohy. He accounted for nearly half of the Thunderbolts’ offensive output, carrying the ball 22 times for 124 yards and the teams only touchdown and catching two passes for 25 yards.

Bohy has a unique running style, displaying extreme patience as he often jogged or even walked after taking the handoff until finding a hole, lowering his shoulder and powering ahead. Listed at 220 pounds, Bohy runs with a lot of power and is tough to bring down.

Skutt did a good job containing him in the first half as he gained just 35 yards on 11 carries. However, he eventually wore the defense down and broke off three runs of 10-plus yards in the second half including a 34-yard touchdown. He logged 11 more carries and gained 89 yards, and also recorded both of his receptions in the second half, showing he has soft hands to go with his big frame.

All Hustle Archer

Holtam made multiple game-changing plays, but the single biggest play might have come in the second quarter. 

Trailing 6-0, Pius looked to be heading for a go-aead touchdown as Volkmer hit a receiver running wide open up the middle of the field. However, just as it looked like the receiver was going to cross the goal line, senior safety and Iowa State preferred walk-on commit Wyatt Archer caught him, spun him around and knocked the ball free. The SkyHawks recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback, and two plays later Holtam ripped off his 64-yard touchdown to make it a two-score game.

Archer also started at running back and ran the ball 10 times for 87 yards and a 5-yard reception as well. He broke off a 46-yard run on the first play of the game, and the SkyHawks took advantage of the field-flipping run to put six points on the board right out of the gates with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bennet Turman to Joe Connolly (though the extra point got blocked).

Schauer Power

Pius X senior defensive end Nate Schauer has gotten off to an incredibly disruptive start to the season, and he continued that on Thursday.

In Pius’ first five games, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior recorded 25 tackles including eight for loss and two sacks. Against the SkyHawks, I saw a tackle for loss, a sack and a pass break-up. Schauer lives in the backfield and opposing teams have had a tough time blocking him so far this season.

Schauer is also the team’s leading receiver and added three catches for a team-high 57 yards on Thursday in addition to accounting for the Bolts’ two-point conversion on a reception from Volkmer that cut Skutt’s lead to 16-8 early in the third quarter.

Rotating Cast

Holtam and Archer are arguably Skutt’s two best athletes, and they both play both ways. However, Skutt does a good job of rotating players to keep everyone fresh.

Archer started at running back and logged 11 offensive touches while also serving as the team’s kick returner. The SkyHawks played Holtam mostly on defense, but he made the most of the five carries he got on offense. Junior Colin Pike ran the ball 10 times, junior Anthony Heithoff logged four carries and senior fullback Maxwell Chandler chips in three rushes.

Bennington and Elkhorn, two top-five teams in Class B, blew out the Skyhawks earlier this season. Skutt has two games against sub-.500 teams coming up before a week-nine showdown with Omaha Gross, an opportunity to prove how much the team has grown since the loss to Elkhorn in week four. I think Skutt will likely need to lean more heavily on Archer and Holtam offensively in that game to keep pace with the talented Cougars.

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