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Sautter: Three takes from Elkhorn South's win over Gretna

Sautter: Three takes from Elkhorn South's win over Gretna

Ben Warren

Elkhorn South running back Ben Warren runs the ball against Gretna. He finished with 105 yards and one touchdown.

The Pinnacle Bank Game of the Week featured Class A No. 4 Elkhorn South traveling to Class A No. 7 Gretna.

Gretna won the toss and elected to take the ball rather than the traditional defer. The Dragons methodically moved the ball down the field for a field goal to give them the early lead. It would be their only lead of the game.

On Elkhorn South's first possession, Storm sophomore running back Cole Ballard raced to the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown run. Ballard would score two more touchdowns as the Storm won 35-10.

Here are Prep Recruiting Specialist Mike Sautter's three takes from the game:

1. The Elkhorn South rushing attack was in full force on Friday night, finishing with 329 yards on the ground. Storm offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka, Carter Richardson, Isaac Zatechka, Gabe Whitten and Cooper Taylor dominated the line of scrimmage. Listed at just 5-foot-11, 165-pounds, Cole Ballard runs like he's 220-pounds. He finished with 91 yards on just nine carries and three touchdowns. His running mate and fellow sophomore Ben Warren followed with 105 yards and one touchdown.

2. The first time Gretna had seen a three man front this season was Friday, and the Storm defense wreaked havoc in the backfield most of the night. Sophomore Maverick Noonan (6-4, 205) had two sacks, and the Storm finished with a total of four in the game. Noonan has the size, skill, aggressiveness and speed to be an elite pass rusher as his high school career progresses.

3. Gretna junior running back Mick Huber has been a recent bright spot for the Dragons. His first 100-yard rushing game of his high school career came last week in a win over Omaha Skutt. When the Dragons needed to slow the Storm pass rush down, they turned to Huber on the ground, and he delivered with 20 carries and 122 yards.

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