I’ve seen many of the top Class A football teams this season, but the performance Omaha Westside turned in Friday night against Millard South rates as the best.
The Warriors scored almost every way imaginable — a safety, a field goal, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns — in a 47-0 win over host Millard South. Quarterback Christian Hagan threw for three touchdowns and 250 yards, halfback Lane Yates rushed for 143 yards and wide receiver Jamaal Conway-Smith caught eight passes for 136 yards.
But it was the defensive effort that helped set the Warriors apart Friday night. The Patriots crossed the 50-yard line just once, and only then it was to the Westside 49.
After Millard South had turned the ball over on downs with a few minutes left, Patriots head coach Andy Means took off his headset and talked to me for a minute on the sideline.
“That’s the best team we’ve played this season,” he said. “Offense. Defense. Special teams. They’ve got it all.”
I agreed with him 100 percent.
It reminded me of last season when I covered North’s dominating performance against Papio. I thought then the Vikings were the best team I had seen and then they went out and finished as the state runner-up, losing a heartbreaker against Millard North in the state final.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out. It seems as though four teams — North, Westside, Prep and Millard West — have separated themselves a little bit from the rest of Class A. I’d put Bellevue West, Millard North, Burke and Papio in that very close category.
But right now, I think that game Westside played Friday night has me leaning toward saying the Warriors are the best I’ve seen so far. And definitely a team to watch the rest of the season.