Blue Valley powers past SM Northwest
By Rob Ladd PrepsKC staff writer
Blue Valley set the tone early on Senior Night, scoring less than two minutes into the opening half and never trailed in their 62-27 rout of Shawnee Mission Northwest.
On just the fourth play of the game Tigers’ quarterback Colton McCumber scrambled away from a defender and sprinted 70 yards to the endzone.
“To be honest with you,” McCumber said, “I made the wrong read and happened to make the guy miss.”
The Cougars answered with a long strike of their own on the ensuing possession when quarterback Ron Kapp hit Brian Morelan for a 94-yard catch and run. The extra point attempt barely left the ground, leaving Blue Valley ahead 7-6.
Special teams would be a struggle for Northwest throughout the game. After failing to capitalize on a McCumber interception, an 18 yard punt would give Blue Valley the ball on the Northwest 41. Five plays later Tiger running back Will Evans scored from two yards out.
“We felt like we spent a lot of time on (special teams),” Cougars head coach Bo Black said. “And made that a priority, to win on special teams. And we were just horrible, it was embarrassing how bad we were on special teams.”
Northwest attempted a fake reverse on each of their first two kickoff returns, and both times they lost yardage. But long plays would keep the Cougars in the game. Facing third down from their own 17 yard line, Kapp found Hayden Goodpaster for an 80-yard score. The two point conversion failed, and Blue Valley led 14-12.
It took the Tigers only five plays to score again, with McCumber scrambling 33 yards for his second rushing touchdown. After Northwest failed to gain a first down on its next possession, a 17 yard punt again gave Blue Valley the ball in Cougar territory. McCumber wasted no time, finding Gus Gomez for a 37 yard touchdown strike on the first play of the possession.
Offensive efficiency was the theme of the day for Blue Valley, who scored six touchdowns in their first 31 offensive plays, leading 42-20 at halftime. Heading the effort was McCumber, who carried the ball 12 times for 238 yards and a pair of rushing scores without a single snap in the fourth quarter. He added 100 yards through the air on 6 of 8 passing with a touchdown and an interception.
“I’ve been doing this offense for four years now,” McCumber said, “I feel pretty comfortable with it. I trust my coaches, and we have a good scheme going.”
Northwest was able to capitalize on several big plays but often nullified potential drives with penalties, racking up five penalties for 55 yards in the first half alone. But the sometimes gaping holes in the defense did not escape Blue Valley head coach Eric Driskell.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” Driskell said, “and they made a lot of plays. Those are great things to have on film now.”
The Cougars opened the first possession of the second half by throwing an interception to Blue Valley’s Michael Maffey, who returned it 21 yards for a touchdown.
By the time Northwest scored their fourth and final touchdown they still trailed 48-27. On the ensuing kickoff, Blue Valley’s William Evans bolted 95 yards for a touchdown. Evans also carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards and two scores.
Blue Valley scored again on their next possession, then forced a turnover on downs, and finished the game by taking the victory formation.
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