The Tigers, No. 6 in The Star’s Big Class rankings, took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 12 plays. Blue Valley, 7-1 overall and now 2-0 in Kansas 6A District 3, scored on its first four possessions.
With both teams looking to move off the winless mark on the season, the Friday night contest between Blue Valley North and Gardner Edgerton was a fight to find some momentum before district play starts next week.
The speed of Olathe South junior running back DaeVonte’ Nance and the combination of a solid running game, an efficient passing game and a series of turnovers by SM West led the Falcons to a 31-21 win over the Vikings.
Olathe East defeated SM South 14-6 in its first game without senior linebacker James McGinnis, who remains hospitalized after collapsing on the field on Sept. 12. Students showed up at Friday’s game with signs, the booster club sold shirts and the Olathe East crowd chanted “Play for James” after touchdowns.
In a photo released by his family and posted by the Olathe East Football Boosters, senior linebacker James McGinnis is shown giving a thumbs up sign from his hospital bed as he continues his recovery. He collapsed during a football game on Sept. 12 and underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding and alleviate pressure around his brain.
Olathe East High School senior linebacker James McGinnis remains in critical but stable condition after collapsing during a football game Friday night. In a statement, his father said he is showing signs of improvement.