When the scoreboard clock read all zeros, there were players wearing the Blue Valley High School black uniforms celebrating the Kansas Class 5A football state championship, while the white-shirted Salina South players were on the ground in dejection as their last quarter comeback came up just short.
Although Shawnee Mission East’s historic football season ended with a 28-21 loss to Derby in the Kansas 6A state championship game last Saturday, the effects of its success will linger.
Blue Valley, behind a scintillating day by senior Logan Brettell, scored on its first play from scrimmage, and the Tigers’ 27-26 win wasn’t assured until Salina South’s Mitch Roets was tackled on the Blue Valley 27 with all zeros on the scoreboard clock.
Down seven points with 14 seconds left in the game, Shawnee Mission East had one more chance to win its first state title. Instead, the drive ended after just two plays with an interception and the Lancers lost 28-21 to Derby in the Kansas Class 6A state championship game on Saturday at Washburn University.
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When Dustin Delaney accepted the head coaching job at Shawnee Mission East in May he had a simple message. He told his Lancers he wanted to go to the state championship. “We were a little shocked at first by his confidence, but we all bought in just like he told us to, and good things happened,” senior fullback Luke Taylor said.
Salina South is averaging 447 yards per game with 75 touchdowns through 12 games this season. In the first matchup, they put up 465 yards of total offense, which tied a season-high for a Blue Valley opponent, so Tigers head coach Eric Driskell is wary.
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Blue Valley, led by Logan Brettell’s five touchdown passes, took home a 38-33 victory at Blue Valley District Activity Complex to move on to the Kansas Class 5A state championship game.
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Paola finishes the season 11-2. Coffeyville will face Buhler in 4A championship game.
Eagles defense comes through in second half with big turnovers in 22-18 victory in 6A quarterfinals.
The Blue Valley West mantra for the past year has been simple, yet unforgettable.
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Paola moved into the Class 4A semifinals Friday night, holding off a last-ditch effort from Piper to post a 27-21 win.
Right now, things are looking pretty good for the Shawnee Mission East football team and first-year head coach Dustin Delaney.
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Piper punched its ticket to the Kansas Class 4A sectionals Saturday, holding off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Spring Hill to post a 20-14 regional victory.