Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 AT 10:39 PM / Updated at 10:39 PM
‘Thursday Night Showdown’ capsule: Omaha Westside vs. Millard North
Stu Pospisil Omaha World-Herald

TV: KXVO (Cox Channel 11)
Live streaming video: NEPrepZone.com
When: 7 p.m. (pregame show starts at 6:30)
Where: Buell Stadium, 14905 Q St.

When Top 10 No. 2 Westside (7-0) has the ball: The emergence of senior quarterback Christian Hagan as a passing threat has boosted the Warriors. He’s thrown for more than 1,000 yards and is a 68 percent passer. Lane Yates averages 87 yards rushing. Millard North last week gave up 43 points in regulation to Bellevue West.

When No. 6 Millard North (3-4) has the ball: What else will the Mustangs do besides run? Senior quarterback Clay Fisher is coming off a career-best game and topped the 1,000-yard mark. Grant DeVries needs to find running room, too, to keep Westside’s improved defense from loading up on Fisher.

Stu’s pick: After four weeks against teams with sub-.500 records, the Warriors get a timely test. It’s tempting to pick an upset, for Millard North has been in the game in each of its losses with 3 minutes left, but the Mustangs will have to show more on defense to get it done.

About Stu Pospisil

Stu Pospisil has been The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports since 1990 and for golf since 1988. He primarily covers football in the fall, basketball and wrestling in the winter and track and field in the spring. You can follow Stu on Twitter (@StuOWH) or email him at stu.pospisil@owh.com.