Bellevue West turned in yet another high-flying performance, rolling up 502 yards of total offense en route to a 51-16 victory over Papillion-LaVista South.
The Titans had few answers on defense in the first quarter. Bellevue West, after a turnover on downs in its first possession, turned a fumbled snap by Papillion-LaVista South into points. After taking over at midfield and marching efficiently into Titan territory, running back Jeyvon Ducker scored from three yards out to make it 6-0.
Less than two minutes later, quarterback Evan Kieser hit Zavier Betts for 61 yards and a touchdown. The extra point made it 13-0 for the Thunderbirds.
The floodgates appeared to be open when Ducker scored his second touchdown of the opening frame, this time on a shovel pass from Kieser that went for 21 yards and a score. The quarter ended with Bellevue West ahead 20-0.
But the Papillion-LaVista South defense would bow its neck in the middle two quarters. Early in the second, Bellevue West looked like it was on the way to a fourth touchdown, but had to settle for a Cruz Jurado field goal that made it 23-0. The Thunderbirds would not score another offensive touchdown until the final quarter.
A field goal from Zach Kuep made it 23-3 with 4:08 remaining in the half. But the Titan offense, which struggled most of the night, would make a critical error on the next possession. Quarterback David Foresman locked onto his receiver and sophomore strong safety Jack McDonnell read the pass brilliantly. McDonnell plucked ball and raced 43 yards for the score. To make matters worse, Foresman was injured attempting to make the tackle and would not return to the game.
After the break, Kuep would add two more field goals to make it 30-9. The Titans comeback bid was shot down quickly thereafter.
With 8:19 remaining in the fourth, Kieser hit Nate Sullivan on a screen pass. Sullivan streaked past the Titan defense for a 49-yard touchdown.
Kieser would throw his fourth touchdown pass of the night on the very next series. Wide receiver Shane Smith outpaced his defender and hauled in the pass for a 59-yard touchdown. With the score 44-9, the running clock rule was in effect.
Papillion-LaVista South got its only touchdown of the game on the next series. After Chase Norblade’s kickoff return and a subsequent 15-yard penalty for a late hit, the Titans started the drive at the Bellevue West 32. On the first play from scrimmage, Connor Crandall hit Mike McClannahan for the score. McClannahan was Papillion-LaVista South’s lone offensive bright spot, hauling in three catches for 89 yards.
The Bellevue West offense was not yet done. Ducker scored his third touchdown on a weaving 70-yard run that made it 51-16 and restarted the running clock. Ducker finished with 120 yards on 23 carries, despite being bottled up for much of the game.
Bellevue West improves to 3-0 with the win, while Papillion-LaVista South falls to 2-1.
In just three weeks, Bellevue West, ranked fourth in Class A, has piled up more than 1,500 yards of total offense and more than 180 points.
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