(12-0) Westside vs (11-1) Gretna State Championship: Breakdown of Tonight’s Matchup


The Westside Warriors are looking to claim their second football state championship in a row, while their opponent, the Gretna Dragons, are aiming to win their first ever Class A football state championship. Both teams will need to have success in key areas to crown themselves as champions.


Gretna Dragons (11-1):

Zane Flores and Gretna’s air raid offensive attack will have to be on point, like it has been all season. Flores is regarded by many as one of the best quarterbacks in the state and has put up 26 touchdowns on the year with only six interceptions while completing 70% of his passes. While their offense is great, Gretna hasn’t faced a team yet this season with a defense quite as ferocious as the Warriors. To keep the Westside defense on their heels and their explosive offense on the sideline, Gretna will need to establish a balanced attack with an effective pass and run game. Carrying the load for the Dragons backfield is Mick Huber, who has 1,021 rush yards on 6.3 yards per carry this season, and Gretna as a team averages 137.5 rushing yards per game. On the other side of the ball, Gretna will have to do their best at slowing down the dynamic running back duo of Dom Rezac and Jahmez Ross to have a real chance to win. As heavily perceived underdogs, the Dragons defense will have to create more opportunities for their offense by causing turnovers and stopping the Warriors’ offense on third down to find success and take home their first ever Class A state championship. 


Westside Warriors (12-0): 

Westside’s high powered offense looks to keep dominating on the ground and through the air. After taking over the starting quarterback job midway through the Grand Island game, Anthony Rezac has been nothing short of spectacular. He’s thrown for 19 touchdowns with zero interceptions, completed 73% of his passes, and added two more scores on the ground. The connection between him and star wideout Grant Guyett has been phenomenal all season, and in three playoff games Guyett has seven touchdown receptions. The emergence of Jahmez Ross has made the Westside running game even more dangerous than it already was this season. Air Force commit Dom Rezac has run for 1,385 yards and averaged  7.0 yards per carry, but he has been banged up all season.  Ross stepped up big in the second half taking on a larger role, while Rezac took limited carries. The sophomore running back has totaled 445 rushing yards on an astounding 8.2 yards per carry, Ross has turned the Warrior’s run game into a two headed monster. Defensively, if the Warriors can shut down the pass game and apply a lot of pressure to Flores, they’ll find a lot of success. If Westside dominates on the ground and controls the pace of the game, they should be able to take home their second championship in a row.


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