BV Southwest gets huge win over St. James
By Brian Sanders/PrepsKC Student Intern
Blue Valley Southwest 64 Saint James Academy 25
On a classic October night Saint James Academy was hoping to be homecoming spoilers. They didn’t plan on being the punching bag of Blue Valley Southwest as they fell to the Timberwolves 64-25 on the first night of district play.
From the opening kickoff it seemed that Saint James was doomed as it was fumbled into the hands of Blue Valley Southwest. The Timberwolves took advantage of the situation and on their first play scored on a pass from Aaron Ramsey to Anthony Miller from 14 yards out to draw first blood.
After Saint James received the ball they were forced to punt and before a cheering mother could blink Scott Anderson took a handoff from Ramsey and galloped 42 yards for the score to make it 14-0 after less than four minutes of play.
Saint James gained the ball by way of the kickoff but turned over the ball on downs and Blue Valley Southwest took over in their opposition’s side of the field. Only a few plays and the Timberwolves were back on the scoreboard as Ramsey tossed a 11-yard touchdown pass to Anderson to make the score 21-0.
Saint James attempted to regain their composure but after gaining a first down turned the ball over and another quick drive was mounted. Ramsey himself took the ball in from 3-yards out to put Blue Valley Southwest up 28-0 before the first quarter had ended.
After a trading of possession Saint James turned the ball over by way again of a Ramsey interception. Blue Valley Southwest quarterback Ramsey scored again by way of his feet from a yard out bringing the score to 35-0.
It seemed that all the game had been settled when the kickoff was booted but an eight-play, 57-yard drive by Saint James, capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Matt Eckelman to Bryan Eisman reminded fans that the Thunder had yet to give up fighting.
Blue Valley Southwest’s reply to the Saint James score was swift. A seven-play, 60-yard drive was finalized by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Ramsey to Chandler Riley, Ramsey’s third touchdown pass of the game, and brought the score to 43-6.
This was thought to be the final score of the half as it was near the end of the half but unexpectedly came the kickoff. Eisman received the kickoff from his own 10 yard line and going through the seam created by his blockers ran all the 90 yards to score.
Taking over from halftime at their own 20 yard line Blue Valley Southwest went on an 11 play 80 yard drive to have Anderson score from 20 yards out, his third overall score of the game.
Saint James had no sooner gotten the ball from the kickoff when they turned the ball over again and Blue Valley Southwest started the new drive from the 20 yard line putting in their second string offense. Drew Tommelein scored from two yards out to put the Timberwolves up 57 to 12.
Saint James looked for a spark and sent in their second string quarterback Alex King and he led the Thunder on a 8 play 54 yard drive capped by a seven yard touchdown run by King.
The remainder of the fourth quarter went by at an extremely quick pace though both teams traded touchdowns by Tommelein from 50 yards out and Jake Blade from one yard out to end the game 64-25 as Blue Valley Southwest now look on to next week to decide the district champion against De Soto while Saint James faces rival Bishop Ward.
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