Clay Fisher and the Millard North defense ran down Omaha Westside when it mattered Thursday night for a 42-35 win.
Playing catchup all night after a missed extra point, the Mustangs tied the game on Fisher’s 80-yard run — on their first play after Westside had taken its final eight-point lead — and two-point pass to Avram Tynes midway through the final quarter.
The much-maligned Millard North defense then kept the No. 2 Warriors from getting a first down on their final two series while Fisher was tying the Class A record with his sixth touchdown of the game.
The Millard North quarterback had his second consecutive 300-yard rushing game, amassing 313 yards on 39 carries after going for 335 yards on 53 carries last week in an overtime win over Bellevue West.
“Isn’t that what a Q is supposed to do at our place?” a grinning Millard North coach Fred Petito said.
That grin likely was upside down at halftime. The No. 6 Mustangs (4-4) gave up 261 yards to the Warriors, and Fisher’s fumble with 59 seconds left led to Lane Yates scoring his third touchdown of the half for the Warriors (7-1) with 21 seconds left for a 28-20 lead.
“Physically we got a little tougher. They worked us over up front,” Petito said. “I gently put it to them at halftime to work harder.”
Fisher, who was standing next to the coach, was cracking up at his coach’s downplay. So what did coach say?
“He said what he needed to say to get us going,” the senior quarterback said.
Westside scored just once in the second half. Again taking advantage of a Fisher fumble, the Warriors went 66 yards in 12 plays to score on Christian Hagan’s 5-yard flip to Jamaal Conway-Smith with 5:50 left for a 35-27 lead.
Fisher broke away on the first play after a touchback.
“I just saw the hole and thought, ‘Just hit it,’ ” he said.
Millard North took a timeout before lining up for the two-point conversion, partly to let Fisher catch his breath. He then ran a bootleg while waiting for Tynes to get open in the back of the end zone on a waggle route.
Westside punted after Jacob Matthew got the second sack of the night on Hagan, who was 9 of 15 for 127 yards while running for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Taking possession with 3:42 left, Fisher led a 62-yard drive — all seven plays were runs — with his 48-yard scamper getting the Mustangs to the Westside 15. Grant DeVries carried three times to the 1 before Fisher squeezed across the goal line with 1:13 left.
Out of timeouts, Westside lost the ball on downs at its 47.
“We really wanted to win,” DeVries said. “We had been thinking about this game for the last three weeks.”
Millard North could face another undefeated team next week when it visits No. 1 Omaha North. The Vikings (7-0) travel Friday night to No. 7 Bellevue West (5-2).
Omaha Westside (7-1) ............................ 7 21 0 7—35
At Millard North (4-4) ............................ 6 14 7 15—42
MN: Clay Fisher 1 run (kick failed)
OW: Lane Yates 3 run (Christian Hagan kick)
MN: Fisher 1 run (Jack Thompson kick)
OW: Hagan 51 run (Hagan kick)
MN: Fisher 2 run (Thompson kick)
OW: Yates 7 run (Hagan kick)
OW: Yates 12 run (Hagan kick)
MN: Fisher 5 run (Thompson kick)
OW: Jamaal Conway-Smith 5 pass from Hagan (Hagan kick)
MN: Fisher 80 run (Avram Tynes pass from Fisher)
MN: Fisher 1 run (Thompson kick)
A: 1,200 (est.)
RUSHING: OW, Yates 23-103, Hagan 9-99, Drew Fitzmorris 7-41. MN, Fisher 39-313, Grant DeVries 20-89, Jacob Matthew 2-8, Adrrell Taylor 1-14, team 2-minus 5.
PASSING: OW, Hagan 9-15-0 127. MN, Fisher 2-3-0 67.
RECEIVING: OW, Conway-Smith 4-63, Malek Pittman 2-31, Fitzmorris 2-16, Yates 1-17. MN, Nate Henderson 1-57, Tynes 1-10.