OSU QB signs Zane Flores, Gretna comes up short in Nebraska Class A title game

Oklahoma State Quarterback Commitment and Gretna (Neb.) Senior Standout Zane Flores was less than two minutes from ending his high school career with a Nebraska Class A State Championship Monday night. After leading the Dragons (12-1) to a quick go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, Omaha (Neb.) Westside responded to that by scoring a game-winning field goal after time had expired at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln to set up. The Warriors won 43-41.

Flores finished his last preseason game with 21 of 37 pass attempts for 414 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. He also had eight carries for 64 yards and one touchdown.

The title fight was a repeat of last season’s Class A Championship, which Gretna won 7-3. However, the Dragons were later stripped of the state title after it was decided they had fielded an ineligible player.

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Flores made several big throws throughout Monday night’s championship game, including touchdown passes on two of his first four tries in the first quarter. Flores had a 52-yard completion to a wide open Tyson Boganowski for Gretna’s first touchdown of the game.

Later in the quarter, Flores encountered another open receiver, this time finding Blayke Moore down the middle for an 80-yard catch and run for a touchdown.

Even when Flores was under pressure he showed composure to stay in the pocket and deliver.

Perhaps the best throw of the game for Flores came in the last minute of the second quarter when he hit Caleb Schnell with a perfect touch pass inside the 5 for a 21-yard gain.

That led to a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Stuhr just before halftime.

In the third quarter, with Gretna trailing 34-21, Flores worked his way into the endzone onto a 7-yard keeper, dragging the Westside defenders with him for the last five.

The Dragons’ defense held Westside on the next two possessions to score, allowing Flores to get to work in the final eight minutes, leading Gretna to two touchdown drives.

The Dragons led 41-40 with 1:55 to go before Westside got in position on time for a 45-yard field goal from Tristan Alvano that won the game.

In 13 games this season, Flores completed 65.5% of his passing attempts for 3,117 yards and 31 touchdowns while throwing seven interceptions. He also showed the ability to have mobile when needed, rushing for 274 yards and 10 touchdowns on 79 carries.

Flores helped Gretna to a combined record of 30-4 (.882) over the past three seasons.

Flores had a strong junior season at Gretna in 2021, completing 232 of 331 (70.1%) pass attempts for 2,885 yards and 26 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also ran the ball 74 times for 216 yards and an additional 10 touchdowns. Gretna ended with a 12-1 overall record.

As a sophomore in 2020, Flores completed 145 of 209 (69.4%) pass attempts for 1,926 yards and 18 touchdowns with three interceptions. He rushed just 17 yards on 29 carries but had eight touchdowns on the ground. The Dragons ended the pandemic-shortened season with a 6-2 overall record.

Flores made his verbal commitment to the state of Oklahoma in mid-April after an official visit to Stillwater. At the time, his recruiting stock was increasing with a handful of Power Five programs being pursued. The Cowboys beat Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Washington and others for his promise.

Flores competed in the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles this summer, where he impressed in an environment of high-profile competition.

Flores is ranked as a high-three-star recruit and ranks as the #25 quarterback in the 2023 class according to the industry-compiled 247Sports Composite. Flores is also ranked #452 nationally and #2 among recruits regardless of the location in Nebraska.

Allen Trieu, Midwest Region Recruiting Analyst for 247Sports updated his scouting report on Flores this fall and said the talented quarterback could have one Opportunity to compete early in his career provided he is physically ready.

“He was very productive in his high school career and played at a high level in important games that led his team to a state title,” Trieu said of Flores. “Is polished and makes quick decisions with the ball. Mechanically sound and accurate with good placement. Able to throw the ball in with touch but also shows he can timing in and out or be crooked. Does not have elite metrics in In terms of size or sheer arm strength. Shows mobility and the ability to break the charge and can run some if needed. Knows how to play the position and is a very high ground prospect.”

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