Midway through the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game, Blue Valley West head coach Scott Wright told senior Troy Burgett that he would kick the game-winner.
At that time, the Jaguars were still down two points, but hoisting the district trophy over his head mere minutes later, Wright looked prophetic.
Blue Valley West overcame an 11-point deficit and Burgett kicked a 24-yard, game-winning field goal as the Jaguars defeated Blue Valley 18-17.
“I was just talking to my holder (Sam) Daily and he kept saying, ‘Eyes down, head down, downfield,’ it was all I could think about,” Burgett said. “I kicked it and luckily it went through.”
The field goal was the second of the game for Burgett, who hit a 33-yarder to bring the Jaguars within two points earlier in the quarter.
Blue Valley took an early lead with a 28-yard field goal by Logan Brettell, who is the Tigers’ quarterback and kicker. It was his first career field goal. Brettell then extended the Blue Valley lead with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Mikey Henson.
Blue Valley West broke through with a 65-yard punt return by Grant Garcia but muffed the extra-point attempt after a high snap.
After a 68-yard return by Chance Nelson, Blue Valley started the next drive on West’s 26 yard line. The Tigers needed just three plays to get into the end zone again with a 9-yard touchdown run by Montana Brady that gave the Tigers a 17-6 halftime lead.
From there, it was all Jaguars.
Ryan Ralston connected with Luke Curtis for a 13-yard touchdown pass, Burgett made his field goals and the defense forced three fumbles.
“I just think our kids grew more confident with every opportunity we had on defense,” Wright said. “When you get a couple turnovers your kids start believing they can do it. They started believing and it was one of those things where the ball kept rolling and it just snowballed for us on defense.”
With the victory, the Jaguars finish the season 6-3 including victories in each of their last three games after a three-game skid.
“Especially with the rough patch we had, this is a great win for us,” Wright said. “Blue Valley High School has been nothing but a great football program for a long time, and quite honestly we are trying to be them with all the banners they have hung up. The idea was that we had to come out steady in the second half, and we did that.”