Through the Uprights: Mike Lavieri 9/15

Mike Lavieri

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC senior writer
Posted: September 16, 2016 - 8:13 AM

De Soto’s 28-0 victory on Friday night at Bonner Springs made me question some beliefs I have regarding a balanced offensive attack.

I’m starting to think that a deceptive running game is more potent than airing it out 40 or 50 or 60 percent of the time.

The Wildcats’ use of the triple option, which St. Thomas Aquinas, Lansing and a handful of other teams roll out, makes defenses think on their feet.

DeSoto is basically saying, “Hey, we’re going to run it. I dare you try and stop us.”

What makes this so effective is the man in motion. Quarterback Bryce Mohl can keep it himself, he can hand it off to running back Mason Clark, who is lined up like a full back, or he can give it to another running back or wide receiver who comes off one of the ends.

Trying to stop three people, who could potentially have the ball is much more difficult than stop one.

Of the 42 plays DeSotor an, 37 of them were rushes. Bonner Springs knew it was coming and did an effective job of holding the Wildcats to 167 yards, but when the defense is out there for long stretches of time, it, in my opinion, cools down the offense.

DeSoto coach Brian King said his team needed to be more physical up front in the second half despite becoming “vanilla” with their play calling.

DeSoto effectively used the clock and didn’t allow Braves quarterback Cole Oakes to get into a rhythm. He was 18-of-37 passing for 144 yards and two interceptions. The Braves also didn’t run the ball particularly well racking up only 33 yards on 15 attempts.

Bonner needed to throw it to try and get back into the game, but when defenses know the pass is coming, it’s much easier to defend.

The win is a huge confidence boost for Class 4A-I DeSoto as it defeated Class 5A Bonner Springs.

It’s not a loss Bonner Springs wanted this early in the season, but it could be a loss the Braves needed to wake them up.

As for De Soto, it’s a statement win.

“(Bonner is) a good team, they have some great athletes — a good program,” King said. “They’ve had some success. For us as a team that went from 0-9 to 3-6 to 6-3, we just want to keep gaining momentum. Every win is big.”