RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Year
By PrepsKC staff
Blue Valley 24, Bishop Miege 21 (twice)
Ok so it is supposed to be the top games of the year but these two teams played almost the same game twice. The Tigers were the only team to beat the Stags this year and both times they had to hold on to do it.
The first time these two met at Miege the Stags scored first only to find themselves down 24-7 late in the third quarter. Miege would rally but Blue Valley would hold them off in the end 24-21.
The second time the game was again at Miege but it was in the Kansas 5A quarterfinals with the winner going on and the loser ending its season. The Tigers got out to the same 24-7 lead only to see the Stags cut it to 24-21. Miege got the ball back with just over two minutes left but a fourth and 17 play netted 16 ½ yards and the Tigers held on for the win.
Olathe South 41, Wichita Heights 37
In a game that featured two running offenses a high-scoring shootout broke out.
Olathe South and Heights traded scores for most of the game and neither team really took control until midway through the fourth quarter when Heights drove down to the South 1-yard line. A touchdown would have extended the lead to 41-27 but a fumble put Olathe South back in business.
The next play South’s Frankie Seurer hit Drew Johnson for a 99-yard catch and run for the touchdown and the game was tied.
Heights would add a field goal on the next drive but South answered with a drive that ended with Jordan Ward’s 42-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left to give South a 41-37 lead it wouldn’t give up winning its first-ever state title.
Eudora 28, Basehor-Linwood 21
This game was a state playoff game that featured an undefeated Basehor-Linwood team hosting a one-loss Eudora squad.
Eudora jumped out to a 15-8 lead on Basehor led by two touchdown runs by senior quarterback Derek Webb. The Basehor Murphy duo however wouldn’t go down without a fight, with no time left in the first half Colin Murphy found his brother Ryan Murphy on a 41 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 15 at half.
Trailing 21-15 early in the fourth quarter, Derek Webb struck again on an 86 yard QB keeper. Webb finished the night with 167 yards off of 17 carries with two touchdowns.
With the game tied at 21 Webb struck again on a 17 yard touchdown pass to junior running back Gabe Cleveland, giving the Cardinals a 28-21 lead with 6:51 left in the game.
Basehor had the ball back, and were marching down the field when Andrew Ballock of Eudora intercepted quarterback Colin Murphy to salt away the win.
Lee’s Summit North 52, Raymore-Peculiar 45
Both teams have had a tough time defensively all season long, and it showed as the Broncos outlasted the Panthers 52-45 in a back-and-forth game that saw five lead changes and four ties.
North jumped out quickly to start game when Caldwell took the first play from scrimmage 74 yards to the end zone. Less than six minutes later, Harrington hit Zach Ross for 54 yards and the score. Ray-Pec answered on a two-yard run from quarterback Spencer Vogelsmeier, but the Broncos returned serve with another huge play when Harrington hooked up with Jalen Ford to take a 21-7 lead. It looked like the rout was on.
The way the offenses were scoring at will, it came down to whichever team had the ball last would probably come away victorious, and that’s just what happened. With the game knotted up at 45, Harrington raced 27 yards with 1:30 remaining in the game to put the Broncos up for good.
Staley 76, Lee’s Summit West 70 4OT
This was a game that lived up to its billing and then some. These two schools met for the first time ever in the 2010 state semifinals and most people believed they would meet again this year.
When the game arrived Staley was 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 5 and Lee’s Summit West was 12-1 with its only loss to eventual Class 6 champ Blue Springs South. The Titans were ranked right behind the Falcons so this could have been a state championship game.
The game was back and forth and Staley held a 49-42 lead with under a minute left but West was driving. The Titans got down to the 4-yard line and had one chance left with just three tenths of a second left on the clock. Luke Knott would find Shaq Harrison with no time remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime.
In overtime, again the action was back-and-forth. Staley had the ball first, scored, then West, then Staley and so on.
In the fourth overtime, West had the ball first. In a game that was short on standout defensive plays, Staley came up with the biggest one. Knott was flushed from the pocket and hit from behind, the ball came loose, and the Falcons recovered. Staley now had the opportunity to win this game.
Tied 70-70, from its own 25, Hosick handed the ball off to Steward and sidestepped his way through Titan defenders until he was able to dive into the end zone for the score and the Falcons win.
University Academy 21, Cass-Midway 20
The game was for a district title and the two Class 1 teams didn’t disappoint.
Dimonic McKinzy was tired. He even admitted as much. But he wasn’t going to let down his family, which in this sense, were his teammates.
The University Academy sophomore quarterback made some key plays down the stretch – as did a stingy Gryphon defense – including running out the final four minutes and 31 seconds of the game with some huge runs to help the Gryphon’s to a 21-20 win over Cass-Midway for the Class 1, District 8 title Friday night at Center High School.
The game was never more than one score difference. The final drive led by McKinzy killed the clock and won the district for the Gryphons.
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