Kansas Week 1 roundup
Kansas schools kicked off the 2019 campaign this week highlighted by players who looked to be in midseason form, including Blue Valley Southwest quarterback Tanner Curry who threw for 283 yards, ran for 204 more and scored four touchdowns in a losing effort; Blue Valley West running back Riley Cummings four-touchdown performance; and St. James Academy defensive back Beau Grable's two interception night.
Tonganoxie 49, Basehor-Linwood 28
Tonganoxie used a balanced attack with a 238-yard ground-churning and three-touchdown show form running back Cooper Cunningham and an 11 for 16, 123 yards and two touchdown performance through the air from quarterback Blake Poje to topple Basehor-Linwood 49-28 to open the 2019 season.
It was a back-and-forth ballgame through the first half, but the Chieftains (1-0) broke it open in the fourth quarter on consecutive touchdown runs from Cunningham of 25 and 51 yards. Connor Searcy caught both of Poje's scoring passes. The Tonganoxie defense came up big most of the night, especially against the run, allowing -4 yards on the ground and recovering two fumbles.
For the Bobcats (0-1), quarterback Chase Torkelson was 22 of 44 for 283 yards and three touchdowns.
Lansing 34, Blue Valley Southwest 27
Lansing survived a furious fourth quarter comeback from Blue Valley Southwest to hold off the Timberwolves Friday night 34-27. Taking a 27-13 lead into the final frame, the Lions added a score early when quarterback Luke Schneider ran it in from 14 yards out to go up 34-13, but Southwest (0-1) wasn't about to rollover.
Timberwolves dual-threat quarterback Tanner Curry did everything he could to keep his team in the game, first passing for an 18-yard touchdown to Mason Rozell, then, later in the fourth quarter, running for a 94-yard touchdown, but it wasn't enough as the Lions (1-0) had just enough to secure the win.
Curry passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 204 yards and two more touchdowns all in a losing effort. Lansing's Derrick Robinson ran for 168 yards and a score.
Blue Valley West 28, Mill Valley 21
Procrastination might be a good thing for Blue Valley West, but they probably don't want to make a habit of it. After trailing 14-0 to Mill Valley heading into the fourth quarter, West kicked its offense into high gear and scored all 28 of its points in the final quarter to defeat Mill Valley 28-21 Friday night in an EKL shootout.
Running back Riley Cummings gets credit for all four those scores as he tallied 168 yards in the process.
Last season, Mill Valley (0-1) got the best of Blue Valley West 1-0), but the tables turned once the fourth quarter began night and West's offense started to click. Both teams struggled defending the run, but played well against the pass.
St. James Academy 41, Blue Valley Northwest 14
St. James Academy trailed 7-0 in its EKL battle with Blue Valley Northwest in the first quarter, then rattled off 41 consecutive points to roll past the Huskies (0-1) 41-14 Friday night.
For St. James (1-0), running back Michael Tujague carried much of the load, tearing for 247 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Brady Feldman was seven of 16 for 134 yards and a score with J.J. Tylicki on the receiving end of that touchdown.
Defensively, the Thunder chalked up four interceptions, led by Beau Grable's two.
Spring Hill 27, Louisburg 24
Spring Hill (1-0) defeated Louisburg (0-1) Friday night 27-4 in a Frontier League matchup to kickoff the 2019 season.