After a win at home, Omaha hits the road for their toughest test yet
RALSTON NE. The Omaha beef defeated the Oklahoma Flying Aces for the third and final time this past Saturday 71-51. Six straight wins for Omaha has them at the top of the CIF with a record of 7-1.
With these two teams facing each other twice, the adrenaline was rushing from the players of both teams. There was a lot of back and forth talking amongst the players before and during the game. The first two games were highly competitive, and Oklahoma came into the game full of confidence.
The Beef went up 13-3 in the first quarter. On fourth and goal, Derrick Bernard found newly acquired receiver Clinton Solomon in the corner of the end zone for his first touchdown in a Beef uniform. The Beef held Oklahoma to a three and out on the next drive, where the Flying Aces attempted a 61-yard field goal. On the miss, dangerous returner Chris Perry, returned it for a 50-yard touchdown. The first quarter was reminisced of when the Beef went up 35-0 at halftime against Oklahoma on the road three games ago.
Oklahoma turned in around in the second quarter outscoring Omaha 24-17. Flying Aces quarterback RayJohn Ramsey threw three touchdowns, with two of those going to receiver Torrance Carr. The flying Aces went back and forth with the Beef scoring wise, with a total of five lead changes. Omaha took a three-point lead right before halftime with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Javon Bell from Bernard.
Omaha came out in the second half blazing. Bernard threw two touchdowns to Kayne Farquharson and Donovan Rasberry, as the Beef stretched the led to 44-34 right before the fourth quarter. During the third quarter intermission, things got heated between both teams. A small melee broke out and the benches cleared. After getting everything under control, three Beef player were ejected. The incident awoke a sleeping giant, because Omaha rallied off 27-points in the fourth quarter and put up 70+ points back to back weeks. Derrick Bernard had another efficient day throwing the ball going 13-19 185-yards and seven touchdowns. Javon Bell was the leading receiver with five catches and three touchdowns. Newcomer Clinton Solomon only had two catches, but he provided the red zone threat Omaha was looking for, scoring twice on his two receptions.
Next up, is an away game at Salina versus the Liberty. Salina is currently in second place in the Northern division at 5-3. This road game is going to be a good test for Omaha with the Liberty only having lost one game at home this season. Salina has won four of their last five game with the only loss coming against Amarillo. They are led by their three headed monsters on offense; quarterback Andrew Jackson, running back Tracy Brooks and receiver Rashad Pargo. The Liberty statically have the best offense in the Northern division, being first in every offensive category other than third down percentage. Omaha has the defense to withstand the offensive onslaught of Salina. The Beef are currently second in defensive points allowed, yards per game, and passing. This will be the first of two meetings between the teams as Salina will come to Omaha June 15th.