|Olathe North's defense suffocated Blue Valley's balanced offensive attack, limiting the Tigers to just|
one offensive touchdown. Photo Kansas City Star.
Blue Valley had been on a roll the past seven weeks, but Olathe North was able to put an end to their success, thanks to a stellar effort defensively. After a scoreless first quarter, Olathe North added a 15-yard touchdown run from Venus Triplett to go up 7-0. Blue Valley answered immediately when Gannon Cornley returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. However, a missed extra point left Blue Valley one point down, at 7-6. In the third quarter Olathe North tacked on a 16-yard touchdown run from Marcel Spears to make the lead 14-6. Blue Valley didn't waste much time, coming back early in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run from Colton McCumber. McCumber also converted the all-important two-point conversion on a pass to Trenton Schroeder to even the game at 14. On Olathe North's next possession they dialed up a perfect play call -- a wheel route to Triplett after misdirecting the Blue Valley defense. Triplett caught a well-timed ball from Cole Murphy and went 83 yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles up 21-14. Olathe North forced a turnover late in the quarter, then added a 10-yard touchdown pass from Murphy to Josh Moore to seal the deal on their fifth Sub-State trip in nine years.
Lawrence Free State 37, Junction City 17
It's becoming a trend for Free State to overpower their 6A West opponents with an explosive spread attack which seems to be peaking at just the right time. Junction City struck first on a 27-yard field goal from Wayne Shirley to go up 3-0. The Firebirds answered with a five-yard touchdown run from Bryce Torneden midway through the first quarter go ahead 7-3. On Junction City's next possession, the Blue Jays delivered a home run on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Henington to Jovon Baldwin to go up 10-7. Free State answered with a second quarter run which put the game out of reach. First came field goals of 26 and 25 yards from Daniel Clarke. After those, Torneden returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. Then Clarke added his third field goal of the game from 23 yards out to make things 23-10 at the half. In the third quarter Free State tacked on touchdowns runs of two yards apiece from Torneden and Carson Bowen to go up 37-10. Henington added a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake Bazan in the final minutes to make things 37-17.
SM East 41, SM West 0
The machine that is SM East had no problems for the 11th week in a row, taking care of SM West in mechanical fashion. The Lancers went up 12-0 in the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown run from Wyatt Edmisten and a 34-yard from Gunnar Englund. A 13-yard touchdown run from Englund in the second quarter gave the Lancers a comfortable 19-0 lead at intermission. In the third quarter Jackson Gossick took a carry in from 35 yards out, before Edmisten added a three-yard touchdown run, his second of the day, to make things 35-0. SM East added a a two-yard touchdown run from Edmisten in the fourth quarter to seal the deal, and hit the 40-point mark for the 10th time in 11 games.
St. Thomas Aquinas 27, Leavenworth 7
A 27-point Aquinas lead at halftime was all the Saints needed to coast to the victory. They scored first on a four-yard touchdown run from Kyle Bollig. In the second quarter they added a four-yard touchdown run from Karter Odermann, a 40-yard touchdown pass from Odermann to Nathan Burditt, and a 10-yard touchdown run from Ben Ewing. Leavenworth's last gasp of the season came on a four-yard touchdown run from Isaiah Ross in the third quarter.