Blue Valley West pounds Topeka Seaman
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
In a Kansas Class 5A first round playoff match-up the Blue Valley Jaguars ran away from the Seaman Vikings by a final score of 54-21. The Jaguars offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and the defense made the Vikings turn the ball over.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game, keyed by a 54-yard run by quarterback Butch Rea. The final two yards were run in by Nathan Stanley. Kicker Brad Piel made the conversion, making the score 7-0.
The Jags came right back, junior quarterback Ryan Ralston had a 47-yard pass completion to Luke Curtis. Ralston capped the drive with a 9-yard run. Troy Burgett hit the upright, and the conversion was no good. The score was 7-6.
The Jags defense forced a three and out. Ralston led his offense down the field. Again he crossed the goal line with 1-yard sneak. Burgett was true and the score was 13-7.
West’s defense forced a fumble so with a short field Ralston found pay dirt from 9 yards out. Burgett connected again making the score 20-7.
The Jaguars defense recovered another fumble. Ralston took the snap in the shotgun formation, he then took two steps like it was a run, then he arched a pass to Spencer Johannesman. Johannesman running by the near boundary cut across the middle of the field, picking up blocks along the way, and did not stop until he had gone 66 yards for the score. Burgett was good again and the score was 27-7.
“I was sure that play was going to open sometime in the game, because we were running the ball so well,” Ralston said. “Coach, (Wright) called it at the perfect time.”
The Vikings returned the kickoff to the 21-yard line. The first play from scrimmage was intercepted by the Jags. This time the touchdown was scored by Conley Wilkins from four yards out. This time Burgett’s kick missed the mark, making the score 33-7.
The Vikings attempted to close the gap when Rea found Sam Mizell Over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. Piel converted and at the half it 33-14.
The game changed for good when one the first play of the second half Wilkins went around the right end for a 77 yard run. Burgett connected it was 40-14. Wilkins gave the credit to his teammates, “The O-Line got me to the edge, the receivers downfield did it great job, they made it easy for me.”
After the Jags forced a turnover on downs, Wilkins scored on a 5 yard run. The PAT was good and it 47-14.
Head Coach Scott Wright’s defense had one more trick up their sleeve. Senior linebacker Alex Norris stepped in front of a pass and returned it all the way for a 77 yard score. Burgett converted again making the score 54-17.
The Vikings did score on a 99 yard drive. Justus Sharples ran the last 42 yards. Biel made the final point of game, 54-21.
After the game, on the field Coach Wright reminded his team.
“First you were district champs, now you are regional champs, enjoy the victory tonight, because we’re going to have to get ready for Miege next.”
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