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Zane Flores wants Gretna state title before OK State football

Zane Flores wants Gretna state title before OK State football
Zane Flores committed to Oklahoma State in April. (Courtesy: Zane Flores)

GRETNA, Neb. (BVM) – Down 37-14 to Bellevue West with only seven minutes left, Zane Flores was with the rest of the Gretna offense going over the plan to get back into the game. What followed was an amazing 26-point, fourth-quarter comeback to keep the Gretna Dragons undefeated. 

“Our offensive coordinator was like, ‘We’re just going to go tempo the rest of the game,’” Flores said. 

It only took a few plays for the Oklahoma State quarterback commit to connect with Blayke Moore for a 35-yard touchdown. From there, both the offense and defense made big plays to lead the Dragons to a 40-37 win. The four-year varsity starter played a big role in the comeback. On the field, he went 24-of-40 for 382 yards, three touchdowns and just one interception. Off the field, he was talking with his teammates and making sure everyone knew they were still in this game. 

“You tell everyone on the team never give up for a reason,” Flores said. “I mean you always got a chance. I think it did a lot for our guys’ confidence.”

The win was big for Flores and Gretna but they aren’t satisfied. According to Flores, the team is still looking to put together a full four quarters but they’re trending in the right direction. Gretna followed up its win against Bellevue West with a 41-27 victory over Papillion-LaVista South. 

“I think so far we have had a pretty good season,” Flores said. 

It has been going well but everyone is focused on the goal of winning a state title. As a four-year starter for the Dragons, Flores has been leading Gretna to its goal. 

“I think it starts with coming to practice everyday, having a good attitude and bringing energy,” Flores said. 

Flores is fully focused on finishing his senior season strong and since verbally committing to Oklahoma State in April, he has no distractions. 

“It’s been real nice to just have all my attention on our team this year and doing what we need to do,” Flores said. 

Even though he had put up 6,046 passing yards and 51 touchdowns through three seasons on varsity, Flores’ recruitment didn’t really pick up until after his junior season. However, once it started, Flores was receiving offers from all over the country. From February to March, the three-star quarterback received 10 DI offers. 

“It kind of all came at once if I’m being honest within a couple months,” Flores said. “Everytime I went to Oklahoma State it felt different and felt like where I wanted to be.”  

With his dream of playing college football taken care of, Flores has been trying to get Gretna its first ever state championship in football. The Dragons had won the Class A championship last season but it was taken from them by the NSAA for having an ineligible player on the roster. 

The loss of the title hurt but Flores and the Dragons have moved on. Their focus is on this season and winning this year but it’s still in the back of their minds. 

“It’s definitely in the back of our minds to motivate us,” Flores said. 

The motivation and focus on the season has shown. Through seven games, Flores has 1,564 yards and 17 touchdowns. He and Gretna are starting to hit their stride as the playoffs get close. It has been a special season for Flores so far but he still has work to do.

“We’re not done yet,” Flores said.