Blue Valley bounces back with Aquinas win
By Ty Hardamon PrepsKC staff writer
Friday night St. Thomas Aquinas hosted the Blue Valley with hopes of snapping a two game losing streak. Blue Valley showed their dominance the entire game before exiting the field with a 35-3 final score.
Senior running back Montana Brady led the rushing attack with 21 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints had no answer for the rushing attack as they gave up 295 yards on the ground including 15 rushes that led to first downs. Brady now has rushed for 366 yards through the first six games of the season.
The tone for the game was set during the first series for Blue Valley as they looked to exploit the mismatch their receiving core had over St. Thomas Aquinas’s defensive backs. The Tigers receivers have an average height of 6-foot-2 inches. Senior quarterback Logan Brettell used his receiver’s athleticism to his advantage as he tossed the ball around to four different receivers to gain 42 yards in the air during their first series.
In the second quarter, 6-foot receiver Alec O’Connell caught a touchdown pass for 34 yards to give the Tigers a 14-0 advantage. Coach Eric Driskell believes his tall receivers create more flexibility for the offense.
“We’re pretty balanced offensively and we feel like we can do some different things. We feel like it’s hard to take everything away from us,” said Driskell. “If they want to load the box, we feel like we can throw it a little bit. If they want to spread with us, we can run it. We just try and take what the defense gives us”
Brettell continues to have a stellar season behind center. The senior accounted for 21 of Blue Valley’s points by throwing 2 touchdowns and running one in from 25 yards out.
St. Thomas Aquinas failure to convert on third down was ultimately their downfall. Punter Jermey Collier saw the field nine times due to the offense sputtering to a dismal 3-14 on third downs. Blue Valley’s defense contained the rushing attack to 48 yards on 30 carries.
“We just challenged our guys to get better, and we played pretty relentless all night,” said Driskell.
St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Danten Cosentino didn’t get the encore performance he hoped for after scoring four total touchdowns last week vs. Blue Valley North. Cosentino failed to get his team in the end zone and only completed 13-27 from the pocket.
Blue Valley improves to 4-2 and now have their eyes set on a Blue Valley Southwest.
“ We’re just trying to get better each week, we challenge our guys to prepare and they did a better job of preparing this week,” said Driskell. “We’re just trying to get better ourselves, because we don’t think we’ve played our best football yet”
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