After the ball sailed through a few players hands, Gardner Edgerton wide receiver Jaylon Radel took advantage of being at the right spot.
His 75 yard catch and run made the difference for the Trailblazers on Friday night.
“I just happened to be in the right place,” Radel said. “I stuck out my hand and I could feel it grip on my hand and then I went from there.”
That catch late in the fourth quarter propelled Garder Edgerton to a 29-26 win over Olathe North in a back-and-forth battle at Gardner Edgerton High School.
“We were very fortunate to win that game,” Trailblazers head coach Marvin Diener said.
Olathe North did not waste any time with its first drive. The Eagles marched down the field using the read-option attack for a majority of the possession.
Eventually Venus Triplett scored from 14 yards out off the option read, giving Olathe North the early lead.
Following some solid stops on defense from both teams, Olathe North marked up its second score of the game when quarterback Cole Murphy plunged up the middle for a 7-yard run giving the Eagles a two-score lead.
The Trailblazers finally got on the board with 5:55 remaining in the half. Facing a fourth-and-9, quarterback Jared Hobby connected with tight end Josh Lang who wiggled off a falling a defender for a 34-yard score making it 13-7 Olathe North.
Olathe North grabbed its first score of the second half when Triplett scampered in from 18 yards extending the lead to 19-7.
However, the Trailblazers found Deontre Kendrick running down the sideline and Hobby hit him in stride. He ran the rest of the way for a 58-yard touchdown, cutting Olathe North’s lead to 19-14.
The momentum swung back to Olathe North, though, when Jesse Kendricks returned an interception 45 yards for a TD, giving the Eagles a 26-14 lead.
The Eagles managed five interceptions on the night, but that did not discourage Hobby.
“My teammates, the whole sideline they did not let anybody go down,” Hobby said. “We all kept each other up.”
When it appeared like nothing was working for Gardner Edgerton, they managed a big passing play. Hobby connected with Traevohn Wrench on a screen play that stretched for 58 yards and a touchdown, cutting it to 26-21.
From there Gardner Edgerton managed to make the big play to win the game.
What the Trailblazers took away was any player or play will help them down the stretch.
“All that really does prepare you down the road,” Diener said. “We’ve one a lot of different ways and with a lot of different people stepping up.”