Westside vs Elkhorn: One of the most intriguing opening night games

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: |

BY Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights.com 

This is second in a series of the five most intriguing Class A opening night games of the 2008 football season.

Westside vs Elkhorn

    On the surface, this may not be among the most glamorous match ups of opening night, but as you dig down a little deeper most would have to admit that this contest is certainly full of intrigue.

    Elkhorn, a perennial Class B powerhouse, finally takes the giant leap up to Class A. And their first foray finds them pitted against Westside, a Class A football program that traditionally ranks among the top in the state.

    Overall team speed, size and depth are what separates Class A teams from Class B teams. This match up between the Warriors and Antlers will clearly highlight those disparities as Westside clearly has the edge in the abundance of bigger faster athletes. However, the advantage goes to the Antlers in the coaching and tradition departments.

    Elkhorn has made the Class B Finals seven times since 1987 and have won four state titles during that period. Head Coach Mark Wortman boast a 260 W – 48 L career coaching record and has taken the Antlers to 13 consecutive playoff appearances. This is a coaching staff that knows how to prepare to win games and its players will be full of tradition and pride as they step into the Big Show for the first time.

    Oh yea, this game will be played on Elkhorn’s home field.  So you better believe that this recently annexed town’s fans will be fired up for this one.

    That is why this is one of the Five Most Intriguing Opening Night Games of the Season

 Proud Elk

Elkhorn

    Last season, the Antlers finished 10-1 before losing in the playoffs to eventual Class B champions Crete. On offense they return a couple of solid starting TEs in Jake long (6-4, 220) and Spencer Long (6-3,230), but their interior O-line will be a little light in the pants compared to most teams in Class A. This could pose some problems for their new QB Jordan Poehling (JR) and returning Junior RB Trevor Roach (6-1, 195), who averaged nearly 9 yards per carry last season.

    The Antlers had the Top offense in Class B last years (409 yards per game).

    On defense they look to be solid with both Longs filling in at linebacker and Jeff Oatman at DE. Unfortunately, it looks like a number of their players will be starting on both sides of the ball, which usually indicates a lack of depth.
 

Omaha Westside Warriors

Omaha Westside Warriors

Westside

    Westside comes off a lack luster 6-4 season that saw it struggle at the QB and O-line positions, However, this year promises to showcase a markedly better performances from both areas, as senior QB Ron Kellogg Jr, (6-1, 205) and his linemen have an added year of experience, growth and maturity.

    Kellogg will be protected up front by the likes of C Justin Wiles (6-0, 270); big 6-3, 290, OT, Luis DeAlba; 6-1, 275, OT, Mike Scherer and OG Nick Brau (6-0, 250)—all returning starters.

    Senior Willie Meytoyer (5-9, 190), who has had ample amount of playing experience over the past two seasons will have the task of replacing Collins Okafor at the running back spot. The speedy and powerful Metoyer looks to be every bit as good if not better than Okafor. (maybe not as fast but more elusive.)

    The Warrior defense will be anchored by D-1 LB prospect Dakota McCormack (6-2, 220). And also look for Metoyer to occupy one of the other LB spots. Defense has always been a strong point for Westside teams. This year, look for the tradition to continue. 

 Conclusion

    This will be an emotional game for both teams: Elkhorn will be trying to prove that they belong in Class A and Westside will be determined to prohibiting a humbling defeat by the hands of an upstart. The Antlers will have to overcome a lot of size and speed deferential to pull this one off. But don’t put it past Elkhorn’s coaching staff and player pride to pull off the upset.

Below, vote on who will win this game: 

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