Blue Valley rallies to top Blue Valley Northwest
By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC Columnist
It was a must win situation for Blue Valley Northwest heading into Thursday night as they took on rival Blue Valley. The Huskies fell just short of the upset bid, losing 20-12 in a tough fought game.
“It was a great game,” said Blue Valley head coach Erick Driskell. “Both teams played hard all night and we were happy to come away with the win.”
With Blue Valley leading late in the fourth quarter 13-12, Tiger Colton McCumber ran free for 18-yards to put the Tigers ahead 20-12 sealing a win and a district championship.
“It’s something we’re proud of,” said Driskell. “But we still have things we can improve on.”
It was the Huskies who opened the game with a lead as they took a 6-0 lead early on. With 5:54 left in the first quarter, Husky quarterback Zack Zegunis found Caleb Hughes for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Northwests’ defense continued to attack the Tigers as they held Blue Valley scoreless in the opening half.
Blue Valley would respond late in the third quarter as Colton McCumber would take a carry 18-yards for a touchdown, tying things at six a piece.
“That was a big play for us,” said Driskell. “We were struggling offensively and that got us going a bit.”
Northwest knew they were playing for their football lives, as Zegunis did all he could to propel the Huskies to victory. With 8:53 remaining in the game he found Jake Loftness for a 20-yard touchdown pass giving Northwest a 12-6 lead after a missed extra point.
Blue Valley would take its first lead of the game with 4:59 left to play as William Evans found the end-zone from a yard out putting the Tigers in front 13-12.
Northwest had no chance on the ensuing drive as they ended with a turnover on downs. Blue Valley would make them pay for the great field position as McCumber would break free for another 18-yard touchdown run giving Blue Valley a 20-12 lead.
Zegunis would again try to bring Northwest back in this game but on a 4th and 18 his hail marry attempt would be intercepted likely ending the season for the Huskies.
Blue Valley now sits at 8-1 and will host the first round of the playoffs next week.
For Northwest it becomes a math problem. They need Gardner-Edgerton to beat Olathe South by nine points for the Huskies to find themselves playing next week.
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