Gardner-Aquinas to go nationwide

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 20, 2010 - 11:31 AM

For the second time in three years ESPN will bring its national high school football telecast to the Kansas City Metro. The Oct. 22 St. Thomas Aquinas/Gardner-Edgerton game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

The game will be played at Gardner-Edgerton and will showcase two of the top teams in the Metro. The game was originally slated to be at Aquinas, but the Gardner-Edgerton facilities were better suited for the large amount space needed for the television broadcast.

Blazers coach Marvin Diener was thrilled to announce the broadcast of the game.

“This is absolutely a great thing,” Diener said. “It’s a very cool deal.

The game will feature the Blazers led by all-everything quarterback Bubba Starling against a Saints team that has simply been one of the most consistent winners in the state of Kansas the last 10 years.

The game between the two schools has become one of the most anticipated matchups of the season. Last year Gardner-Edgerton handed the Saints their only two losses of the season, the second one coming in the Class 5A semifinal.

“I think the draw of this game for ESPN was the number of national recruits both of us have,” Diener said. “It’s also become a great rivalry. It’s pretty exciting.”