Chance Nelson got his chance against his old school and made the most of the opportunity.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound senior running back scored four touchdowns, rushed for 147 yards on 20 carries and caught one pass for 18 yards in Blue Valley’s 47-3 victory over Blue Valley Southwest on Friday night at Blue Valley.
Nelson did it all against his former team in the East Kansas League game and the first game for both teams in Class 5A district play.
Nelson attended BV Southwest his first two years of high school football.
“I transferred at semester of my sophomore year,” Nelson said. “I heard that Coach D (Eric Driskell) had a great football program (at Blue Valley), and I had a lot of friends over there.”
It meant a lot to have a big game against the Timberwolves.
“This means a lot,” Nelson said. “I respect all their coaches and players, but it feels good putting up big numbers against them.”
The Tigers, who improved to 5-2 and 1-0 in district play, scored the first time they had the ball. And Nelson had 62 of the 65 yards in six plays. He had every carry in the drive, scoring from the 2-yard line. The other 3 yards in the drive came on a defensive penalty on BV Southwest.
The Timberwolves got one first down on their second drive, but a high snap on a punt resulted in a punt that netted zero yards.
The Tigers took over at the BV Southwest 34, and Nelson got the touchdown from 8 yards out on the sixth play of that drive.
BV Southwest scored on a 35-yard field goal by senior kicker Dakota Lebofsky on the first play of the second quarter, but that’s all the Timberwolves would get.
In the second quarter, the Timberwolves went with a quarterback sneak on fourth and 1 from their own 27 and didn’t make it.
Nelson then scored from the 3-yard line with 4:49 left in the first half, putting Blue Valley up 21-3.
Blue Valley made it 28-3 before halftime on a six-play, 48-yard drive. Nelson had a 14-yard run in the drive and caught a pass for 18 yards.
The touchdown came on a 7-yard run by senior running back Montana Brady with 1:10 left in the half.
Blue Valley scored twice in the third quarter with Nelson getting his fourth touchdown on a 7-yard run that capped a nine play, 69-yard drive at the beginning of the third quarter.
The other third-quarter touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from senior quarterback Logan Brettell to senior wide receiver Tristan Perkins.
The reserves played most of the fourth quarter for the Tigers.
“We preach to our team that we want to be the most physical team on both sides of the ball,” Blue Valley coach Driskell said. “We want every position to be the most physical.”
Nelson praised his offensive line for his big rushing game.
“It’s all on the offensive line,” he said. “They did a great job in the trenches.”