Maybe one day Ryan Cyr will be on the mound for the Kansas City Royals. To borrow a baseball term, Cyr helped the Blue Valley Tigers’ football team pitch a shutout Friday night.
Cyr, a senior right-handed pitcher who last summer made a verbal commitment to attend Mississippi State on a baseball scholarship, is focused on the gridiron at the moment. In Blue Valley’s dominating 49-0 triumph over the Olathe South Falcons, all Cyr did in the first half was pounce on a Falcons’ fumble and nab an interception.
Again, using baseball terminology, Cyr’s contributions quickly put Olathe South in strike-two mode.
Cyr was at it again in the second half. Facing third-and-27 at Olathe South’s 42, Tigers’ quarterback Colton McCumber hooked up with Cyr for a 41-yard pass that led to another touchdown.
Strike three, Olathe South.
“We talk about getting up and nailing the coffin. That’s our motto all the time,” Cyr said. “This shows nobody can underestimate our defense. I don’t think anyone can stop us.”
Blue Valley, 7-1 overall and now 2-0 in Kansas Class 6A District 3, scored on its first four possessions.
The Tigers, No. 6 in The Star’s Big Class rankings, took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 12 plays. Junior running back AJ Totta took a handoff and burrowed up the gut on third-and-five for a 14-yard touchdown run.
Late in the first quarter, Blue Valley scored when running back William Evans carried it in from 21 yards out. That was the first of four touchdowns for Evans. He got busy again in the second quarter, scoring on a 2-yard run. McCumber got in on the ground attack, notching a 2-yard scoring run with just 28 seconds remaining before halftime.
Olathe South, 6-2 overall, 1-1 in the district and ranked seventh by The Star, certainly had its chances.
In the first half, the Falcons drove to Blue Valley’s 13 before fumbling an opportunity away that Cyr covered. On their next possession, they were stopped when Cyr picked off quarterback Jake Seurer. Late in the second quarter, Olathe South advanced to the Tigers’ 42, but failed to convert a fourth-down try.
“It was like taking a cannonball out there. That’s a good football team,” Olathe South Coach Jeff Gourley said about Blue Valley. “That was not representative of our team. It happens. We’ll regroup. We’re going to be fine.”
Blue Valley, winner of five in a row, compounded Olathe South’s misery immediately after halftime. When the Falcons first drive was halted at their own 25, their fake punt attempt resulted in an incompletion. Three plays later, the Tigers added to their cozy lead when Totta scored again, this time on a 13-yard run.
On the season, Blue Valley has been stingy in the third quarter. The Tigers have allowed only 14 points in the period after halftime this year. On this night, it didn’t matter what quarter they were on the field; Olathe South had no answer.
“We work together as a team, as brothers. As family,” Blue Valley defensive tackle Ricky Williams said.