Hit News’ 2008 Playoff Breakdown: Games 3 & 4

Posted on October 29, 2008. Filed under: High School Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Will Cummings
Hit News @ Hit Highlights

#5 Kearney VS #12 Westside

#13 Papillion-La Vista South VS #4 Omaha North
(Game 4)


#5 Kearney (6-3)  VS  #12 Omaha Westside (5-4)

Game 3

This is an interesting game as both the Bearcats and the Warriors are hard teams to figure out. I mean you just never have a feel for what team is going to show up when either one of these two teams plays. But this is an elimination game, so both teams had better be ready to play thier best football of the year on both sides of the ball for the full 60 minutes of the game.


Don’t get me wrong–whoever  wins this game is still capable of reaching Lincoln and carrying home a championship trophy. It’s all about who can get hot and stay that way for four games in a row at this time of the year!


Other than the fact that Bearcat head coach Brandon Cool is one of the best coaches in the state,  I don’t know much about this season’s  Bearcat team except their seemingly erratic perfromances and their number one RB Vinny Molina, who is also one of the state’s fastest sprinters. 


Kearney better hope that Molina doesn’t cramp up (as is the usual case) in this game because they will need a full night’s work from him to get by the Warriors.


The Warriors need  good performances from both QB Ron Kellogg and RB Willie Metoyer for them to pull this one out.

Kearney will be tough to beat at home!


Keys To victory

Keys To victory

The Bearcats will need to be multi-dimensional–with the run and the pass; convert third downs and avoid turnovers.

Defensively, the Bearcats need to contain the Warrior’s  elusive Willie Metoyer and keep pressure on Ronald Kellogg. 

RB Willie Metoyer and QB Ron Kellogg need to play to their potential in order to avoid an early exit from the playoffs. Of course they will only be as successful as their O-line, who will have their hands full with a scrappy and aggressive Bearcat defense. 

On defense the Warriors will need to contain Molina and the other RBs while also guarding against the Bearcats’ aerial attack.

Key Players To Watch

Key Players To Watch

Jordan Moncrief, QB; Vinny Molina RB; Josh Mead, RB; Brad Albrecht, WR.

Ron Kellogg, QB; Willie Metoyer, RB, LB; Dakota McCormack, LB, TE.


#13 Papillion-La Vista South (5-4)  VS  #4 Omaha North  (8-1)

Game 4

A rematch game that saw Omaha North barely squeak by the Titans in a 28-21 slug out just two weeks ago. Michael Burrus pounded the Viking defense for  311 rushing yards that night to no avail as his team still came up short where it counted the most–scoreboard.

That game also saw the return from injury of starting Viking QB Steve Veith, who helped to guide a fairly balanced running and passing attack. Veith is a key cog in the Vikings high output offense–his absence in the Burke game, due to a previous injury, played a major factor in the Vikings only loss of the season.

After dissecting the film of their recent contest, both coaching staffs should have their A games ready for this Friday night’s playoff elimination game. Look for another close contest.

The fans should be treated to seeing  the performances  of two of the top running backs in the state in the form of the Titans’ Michael Burrus (1, 663 rushing yards) and the Vikings’ Bryant Giles (1, 238  rushing yards).

Keys To victory

Keys To victory

The Titans could benefit by diversifying their offensive strategy with a few more passing plays. make sure to capitalize on Burrus’ pass catching abilities. They also must convert more on third downs and limit turnovers.On the defensive side of the ball, The Titans must limit Giles’ big play capability by not over pursuing on plays and taking proper angles to the ball. The key to success here is a very aggressive and punishing defense capable of producing some turnovers. Oh yea! and now you know that Veith can pass so be ready. Omaha North should play this game by the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it.” Just rely on Veith to run the offense and count on the lightning and thunder backfield combo of Bryant Giles and Ronald Coleman to deliver the goods behind a strong O-line anchored by D-1 prospect  James Davis.Defensively, the Vikings must do a better job of containing Michael Burrus and they must watch out for an improving Titan passing attack.

Key Players To Watch

Key Players To Watch

Deric Olson, QB; Michael Burrus, RB; Hank Kafoneck, WR; Chandler Thomas, TE; Eric Butler, RB. Bryant Giles, RB, Ron Coleman, RB, LB, DL; Steve Veith, QB; James Davis, OL;, Kendall Anderson, DB; Mitch Johnson WR.

Related Links: Breakdown Games 1 & 2


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