Millard South and Bellevue West are ranked #2 and #3 in Nebraska Class A. Both teams come into Friday night’s game with a perfect record. The problem is, one of the teams has played only once this season.
Defending Nebraska Class A Champion Bellevue West comes into the game with a 1-0 record. So far this season, they have been a team in search of opponents. Their season opener against Omaha Burke was canceled when Omaha Public Schools suspended athletics due to COVID-19 concerns. Last week, the Thunderbirds were supposed to play Creighton Prep, but the Bluejays team had to go into quarantine. A makeup game was scheduled with North Platte, but that game was also canceled while the team was waiting on the bus to leave.
Talent All Over the Field
Even though they’ve played two fewer games than Millard South, Bellevue West is a more than formidable opponent. In their only appearance this season, the Thunderbirds put up 55 points against Bellevue East and held the Chieftains scoreless. The offense is loaded with talent and the defense already looks in championship form. Four wide receivers have already received offers from power conferences that include Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa State and Minnesota.
Millard South comes into the game at 3-0 and ranked #2 in Class A. They defeated Millard North with an opening week 33-0 victory. In week two, the Patriots edged Elkhorn South 17-14. After a slow start during Friday’s game, TJ Urban and the Patriots offense roared back in the second half to defeat Millard West 31-12.
Millard South has plenty of talent on both sides of the ball with eight returning starters from last season on offense and seven on defense.
Players to Watch:
Starting junior QB Lukas Johannsen has plenty of weapons to work with on the ground and through the air. Against Bellevue East, LJ Richardson (5/105 yds) and Gio Contreras (5/88 yds) combined for nearly 200 yards rushing and 3 TD’s. The Thunderbirds have four highly talented receivers who currently have offers from several power conference schools.
I spent many nights praying about this decision. I’m blessed to be in the position I’m in today. I want to thank my family, coach, and teammates. Without you guys this isn’t possible. With that being said … I’m committed to the University of Iowa 🐤 pic.twitter.com/C5iaNfvDwT
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Senior Keagan Johnson (6’1″/180 lbs) is a 3-star WR and ranked #3 for Nebraska on the ESPN 300 for 2021. After receiving offers from Nebraska, Kansas State and Iowa State, Johnson finally committed to Iowa. As a junior, he caught 52 passes for 672 yards and eight TDs, and he has 4 catches for 65 yds/1 TD in his only game this season.
In addition to Johnson, 4-star junior WR/TE Micah Riley has over 20 scholarship offers including Nebraska, Iowa, Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Arizona State. Freshman WR Daevonn Hall has already received an offer from Iowa and is believed to be the first freshman in the state of Nebraska to get an offer from a power conference school. Junior Kaden Helms rounds out a stacked Bellevue South receiving corps.
One thing we know about Millard South, they love to run the football. The offense is led by Senior QB T.J. Urban, an Air Force commit. The second-team Super-State quarterback is one of the best dual-threat QB’s in the state. In last week’s game against Millard West, Urban made up for a sluggish first half by scoring touchdowns on 3 of the team’s 4 possessions in the third quarter. He finished the game with 115 yards on 24 carries and 7 of 14/91 yards passing.
— Adam Krueger (@AdamKruegerTV) August 29, 2020
The potent Millard South ground game includes junior RB Christian Nash, who last week rushed for 99 yards on 6 carries. Senior Taekwon Johnson contributed six rushes for 71 yards. The Patriots receiving corps are led by Jr. Gage Stenger who caught 6 passes for 85 yards
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