West rally sinks Blue Valley

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: November 1, 2013 - 11:52 PM



Blue Valley West head coach Scott Wright called Troy Burgett over with about eight minutes left in the Jags game against Blue Valley Friday night and told him something.
 
The Jags had just scored to pull to within five points.
 
“He told me that I was gonna kick the game winner,” Burgett said.
 
He did.
 
Burgett kicked through a 24-yard game-wining field goal with no time on the clock as the Jags edged Blue Valley 18-17 to win the Class 5A, District 4 title.
 
“I’m no soothsayer,” Wright said with a smile. “I just wanted to plant the seed that we would win it with a field goal.”
 
The field goal capped a furious fourth quarter comeback by the Jags who were left for dead after three quarters trailing 17-6 when they scooped up a Blue Valley fumble — their third of four on the night — at the 49-yard line with 11 minutes to play.
 
Three minutes later, the Jags scored on a Ryan Ralston to Luke Curtis 13-yard touchdown. A try for a two-point conversion came up short and they still trailed by five.
 
The Tigers coughed it up on their next possession and that led to a 35-yard field goal by Burgett to pull the Jags to within two at 17-15 with 6:11 to play.
 
The Jags then began their game-winning drive at their own 13 after they pinned the Jags deep with a punt.
 
“We wanted to take away what they did offensively and also keep them contained,” said linebacker Andy Butts. “We just wanted to make sure they didn’t gash us throughout the night.”
 
They didn’t. The Jags only allowed 265 yards of offense, but it all came in little bits and pieces all night long.
 
A Ralston to Spencer Johannesman 33-yard hook up started the Jags game-winning drive at the 3:28 mark.
 
Blue Valley West then dinked and dunked a few more plays to get deeper into the Tigers’ territory when Ralston reeled off a 28-yard keeper around the left end that put the Jags in position to kick the winner.
 
“The play was set up as a pass to the right,” Ralston said. “They had been blitzing the whole game and I just happened to look to the left and it was wide open. He peeled off to the left and ran up the left sideline to get the Jags a first down at the Blue Valley 10 with a little more than a minute to play.
Both teams advanced to the playoffs. Blue Valley will play as a no. 2 seed out of District 4. The Kansas Cass 5A playoffs begin next week.
 
A relatively boring first half got some legs in the final two minutes.
 
Blue Valley went up 3-0 on a Logan Brettell 28-yard field goal. Then added to that lead with 5:04 left in the first half when he hooked up with Mikey Henson on a 5-yard fade to the left corner of the end zone to put the Tigers up 10-0.
 
Blue Valley, looking to salt away the first half, went for it on fourth-and-2 at the Jags 35 with 2:11 to play in the second quarter. Montana Brady got stuffed, BV West took over and on the very next play, Grant Garcia went up the gut for a 65-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 10-6 after a bad snap left the Jags empty-handed on the point after.
 
Then, on the ensuing kickoff, Chance Nelson took the kick back 68 yards to the Jags 26. Three plays later, Brady busted up the gut for a 9-yard touchdown and Blue Valley was back up by double digits, 17-6.
 
A Ryan Cyr interception of a Ryan Ralston pass with a few seconds left ended the Jags last-ditch effort to get on the board one more time. It was the second of two first-half interceptions that Ralston threw. The Jags also turned it over once on a fumble early in the first quarter.