Wrench, Gardner ruin Aquinas' senior night
By Ben Gartland PrepsKC student intern
Gardner-Edgerton's underclassmen shined on Saint Thomas Aquinas' senior night, as the Blazers took out the Saints 27-18.
Gardner-Edgerton sophomore Traevohn Wrench had 235 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns en route to victory for the Blazers. He started off early, rushing three times in a row to get Gardner-Edgerton a quick 7-0 lead barely forty seconds into the game.
Defensive stands held for the next three possessions, but with two minutes to go in the first quarter, it was once again Traevhon Wrench receiving a 55-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Jared Hobby. Hobby finished with 160 passing yards.
Aquinas struck back the next possession, however, as senior Luke Martinez bulldozed his way over several Blazers on his way to a 45-yard touchdown run. The ensuing extra point snap was mishandled, leading for it to be no good. But Aquinas was back in the game, trailing only 14-6.
Wrench didn't wait long to take back the points, as he sprinted 77 yards on the first play of the drive for his third touchdown of the half. The Blazers lead again, 21-6 with eleven minutes to go in the second quarter.
Neither team was able to put any points on the board for the majority of the quarter until Aquinas junior quarterback Austin Scherzer found the end zone on a four yard quarterback keeper, with seven seconds left in the half. The ensuing two-point conversion was stopped by the Blazers, who carried a 21-12 lead into halftime.
The second half started with the Saints going three-and-out, and a bad punt put Gardner-Edgerton in great field position at the Aquinas 35. Seven plays later, the Blazers scored again, this time it was Jared Hobby on a one-yard quarterback sneak. The extra-point missed wide left, but the damage was done. Gardner-Edgerton lead 27-12 with seven minutes to go in the third quarter.
The rest of the third quarter was scoreless, and it wasn't until there were three minutes left in the game that Austin Scherzer connected with senior Clayton Henning for an eleven yard passing touchdown. The two point conversion was no good, making the score 27-18.
Gardner-Edgerton recovered the onside kick, but was forced to go three-and-out by the Saints' defense. The Saints got the ball back with 1:20 to play, but failed to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over on downs. The Blazers kneeled down to run the rest of the clock out.
With the win Gardner-Edgerton clinches a playoff berth, and moves to 6-2 on the year and 2-0 in district, while Aquinas fell to 3-5, and 0-2 in the district. Aquinas has been eliminated from playoff contention.
Gardner-Edgerton head coach Marvin Diener said that even though the Blazers clinched a playoff spot, they will not be taking the game against Blue Valley lightly.
"It's still a must-win game," he said. "We'll have to do the same things we did tonight like have our offense and defense complement each other, but we can do it."
Aquinas head coach Mike Thomas said that, even in the wake of defeat, he was proud of his team.
"They never gave up, and they held together as a group." he said.
Next week the Saints will play for pride at Pittsburgh, who is still fighting for a playoff spot after knocking off Blue Valley. Gardner-Edgerton will take on Blue Valley in a game where they could clinch the district title.
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