Watch a full game replay of Creighton Prep vs. Omaha Westside (Nebraska) high school football.
Trailing 14-6 in the second quarter, Omaha Westside reeled off 36 unanswered points to beat rival Creighton Prep. Westside quarterback Cole Payton ran for five touchdowns and added one through the air in the 49-21 homecoming victory.
Prep started the game looking every bit the part. Quarterback John Coniglio led back-to-back scoring drives on either side of the first quarter break to give the Junior Jays the early lead. Coniglio hit Alex Bullock with a perfect over-the-shoulder throw from 23 yards out late in the first quarter. He added a 25-yard scoring strike to John McLeay early in the second quarter, answering a Westside drive that culminated in Payton’s 2-yard touchdown run.
From there, Westside took over. The defense stiffened, forcing six consecutive scoreless possessions from Prep, including five punts. Meanwhile, Payton scored on runs of 72 and 11 yards, before directing an 8-play, 86-yard drive late in the second quarter. With just 12 seconds left before the half, Payton hit junior receiver Koby Bretz on a 17-yard pass that made the score 28-14. Bretz finished the night with seven catches for 95 yards to lead all Warrior receivers.
After the break, Payton added two touchdown sneaks, each from a yard out. He finished with an incredible rushing line of 17 carries for 172 yards and five touchdowns.
Creighton Prep, which overcame a 20-point fourth quarter deficit a week ago, looked like it was game to repeat the feat. The Junior Jay defense, trailing 42-14, picked off two of Payton’s passes, turning one into a Mason Armstead touchdown reception. At 42-21 with the entire fourth quarter remaining, the game looked to be back on.
But, once again, the Warrior defense stood tall and forced punts on Prep’s final three possessions. Bodie Harrell capped his 20-carry, 142-yard performance with a touchdown run to seal the win for Westside.
The Warrior offense was prolific on the night, finishing with 537 total yards on 70 plays. Prep managed only 237 yards of total offense.
Westside gets an important district win and moves to 4-1 on the season. The loss was the first of Prep’s 2019 campaign, as the Junior Jays fall to 4-1.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates for upcoming games.