OMAHA – A windy, rainy afternoon in Omaha couldn’t slow down the Norfolk offense. Nor could the Omaha South defense as the Panthers rolled up their second win in a row with visions of a post-season appearance dancing in the heads of coach Tom Olson’s team.
A balanced attack on the ground and through the air helped Norfolk move to 3-4 on the season with a dominating 55-7 win over Omaha South at Collin Stadium. The Panthers scored on each of their five first-half possessions and never looked back as they raced to a 34-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Brandon Hart opened the scoring on a 13-yard touchdown run with 7:04 left in the first quarter to get the Panthers started. With 55 seconds left in the opening quarter, Austin Bruzek scored from six yards out to make it 14-0 Norfolk.
Hart would find success through the air in the second quarter as the junior connected with Garrett Henery for a 36-yard scoring strike, while Bruzek scored on a 13-yard touchdown run less than 90 seconds later to make it a 27-0 Norfolk lead. Hart found Henery again before halftime at the 1:26 mark to give the Panthers an insurmountable 34-0 lead heading to the second half.
Connor Clayton got into the act in the third quarter as Hart found the sophomore for his third and final touchdown pass of the afternoon from 17 yards out to stretch the lead to 41-0. Braden Fink would add a 2-yard touchdown run and Conner Cowling recovered a fumble and ran untouched for a 21-yard touchdown to put Norfolk High ahead 55-0 early in the final period. Omaha South found the endzone late with D’Marcion Henderson finding Prince Baldwin for a 30-yard touchdown pass to get the Packers on the board before Norfolk ran out the clock.
Norfolk tallied 358 yards of total offense in the victory as Hart finished the afternoon 10-of-15 for 179 yards and three touchdowns in addition to seven carries for 24 yards and a score. Bruzek led the rushing attack with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as the Panthers ate up 179 yards on the ground. The Panthers forced four Packer turnovers while only committing one, a fumble late in the fourth quarter that led to Omaha South’s lone touchdown.
With two straight wins, Norfolk eyes a third straight win next week when they travel to play at Omaha Northwest. A win would even the Panthers at 4-4 on the season with 9th-ranked Omaha Westside coming to Norfolk in the final regular season game on October 20. Omaha South falls to 1-6 with the loss and plays at Lincoln Southeast next Friday.
NORFOLK (3-4) 14 20 7 14 55
O. SOUTH (1-6) 0 0 0 7 7
1Q – Brandon Hart 13 yard TD run, PAT is good NORFOLK 7 – 0
1Q – Austin Bruzek 6 yard TD run, PAT is good NORFOLK 14 – 0
2Q – Hart 36 yard TD pass to Garrett Henery, PAT no good NORFOLK 20 – 0
2Q – Bruzek 13 yard TD run, PAT is good NORFOLK 27 – 0
2Q – Hart 15 yard TD pass to Henery, PAT is good NORFOLK 34 – 0
3Q – Hart 17 yard TD pass to Connor Clayton, PAT is good NORFOLK 41 – 0
4Q – Braden Fink 2 yard TD run, PAT is good NORFOLK 48 – 0
4Q – Conner Cowling 21 yard fumble recovery for TD, PAT is good NORFOLK 55 – 0
4Q – D’Marcion Henderson 30 yard TD pass to Prince Baldwin, PAT is good NORFOLK 55 – 7