Blue Valley Northwest made the clutch plays when it counted Friday night in beating Blue Valley 31-28.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Blue Valley took a 28-24 lead on a 4-yard run by senior quarterback Logan Brettell with 7:36 left in the East Kansas League game at Blue Valley.
But the Huskies came right back.
They had a holding penalty on the kickoff return, so they took over at the 13. Facing third and 10, senior quarterback Jake Rominger connected with junior Dalton Schoen for a 22-yard gain.
“That was a great throw by Rominger and good catch by Schoen,” Blue Valley Northwest coach Mike Zegunis said.
The key play came on second and 10 at the 35. Junior running back Miles Alexander took a pitch around right end, and once he got to the sideline there was nothing stopping him as he raced 65 yards for a touchdown with 4:23 left in the game.
“I got a good block by (senior running back) Kyle Pottinger and a good block on the edge by (senior wide receiver) Brett Henning,” Alexander said. “I was able to run down the sidelines.”
Alexander didn’t play much in the third quarter.
“I had a minor shoulder separation two weeks ago and hurt it again in the third quarter, but they were able to get it back,” he said.
The Tigers had one last chance, but a pass from Brettell on fourth and 27 just eluded a receiver at the 5with 1:10 left.
The Huskies, who gave up a lot of points in losses to Gardner Edgerton and Bishop Miege, had defense when they needed it Friday.
“We made a lot of mistakes and penalties and turnovers against Gardner and Miege,” Zegunis said. “Tonight we didn’t have a lot of turnovers or penalties.”
The Huskies set the tone for the game in their opening drive. They moved 80 yards in 16 plays, with Rominger hitting Henning on a 5-yard touchdown pass. BV Northwest had three third-down conversions and a fourth-down conversion on the drive
What proved to be the deciding points came in the second quarter when senior kicker Bryan Gish connected on a 35-yard field goal.
Brettell scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, making it 17-14 at halftime.
The Tigers took the lead on an 18-yard pass from Brettell to Mikey Henson early in the third quarter.
BV Northwest had another long drive, moving 77 yards in 16 plays, with Alexander scoring from the 1.