BV Northwest streaks past SM South
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Blue Valley Northwest and Shawnee Mission South were locked in a defensive struggle Thursday night at South.
Neither team could really find any sort of rhythm in the first half.
The Huskies found their mojo in the second half on their way to a 35-10 win over the Raiders to win their fourth straight game, improve to 5-2 on the year and, more importantly, grab win no. 1 in the all-important second season — districts.
The Huskies took the second half kickoff and two minutes later, they were up 14-7 and there was no looking back.
“That was definitely big,” said Northwest junior running back Miles Alexander. “We are a team that once we get some momentum working in our favor, we can get going pretty good. That got us going and ready to go.”
It certainly did. While the final score was not quite as indicative of what the game truly was — Northwest scored two touchdowns in the final 2:25 — The Huskies were in control once they took the lead for good.
The key for the Huskies on Thursday was playing sound, mistake-free football.
“Those silly mistakes have been what has held us back at times this year,” said head coach Mike Zegunis. “The guys really busted their behinds and made some plays out there.”
The Raiders were able to get back on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter as they tried in vain to get back in the game, but it was too little too late. A Christian Kelley 32-yard field goal was all they could muster with 10 minutes to play to pull to within 14-10.
Alexander was the one doing the damage for Northwest all night. He finished with a game-high 187 yards and the Huskies first three touchdowns.
“The past couple of games, he’s really helped carry us,” said Northwest quarterback Jake Rominger. “The line has really stepped up and opened up some great holes, too.”
After South pulled to within four at 14-10, the Huskies put together a back-breaking 67-yard, six-play drive that killed the Raiders chance at a fourth win on the season. Rominger broke off a 31-yard scramble to set the Huskies up with a first and goal at the 3-yard line. Alexander scored on the next play to make it 21-10.
The Huskies added some insurance with 2:25 to play when Kerriem Wilson went 67 yards for a score on a third down play. It was his only carry of the night.
Rominger hooked up with Dante Stone from 35 yards out with 16 seconds to play to cap the scoring.
The Raiders got on the board first with an impressive 16-play, 84-yard drive that started midway through the first quarter. The Raiders used just one pass in the drive that ate up 7:33 of the clock before quarterback Chase Allen called his own number and went up the gut for a score with 10:30 left in the second quarter.
The Huskies answered after the two teams traded punts, capping a nine-play, 71-yard drive with a 16-yard Alexander run to tie the score.
Alexander went over the 1,000-yard mark on the scoring drive. He had 76 yards on eight first-half carries after coming in with 933 yards rushing on the season.
The Huskies missed a golden opportunity to jump out in front early, when a fumble at the Raiders 1-yard line ended their first drive of the night. The Huskies set themselves up with the first-and-goal at the one thanks to an impressive 38-yard run by Alexander.
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