Aquinas drills Blue Valley Northwest
By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
It was a busy night at the Blue Valley District Athletic Complex on Thursday September 17 as the Saint Thomas Aquinas Saints simultaneously faced off against the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies in football and soccer. While the soccer team hung on for a 4-3 win the football team cruised to a 42 – 13 score.
After forcing a three and out on the Huskies first possession, Aquinas put together a seven play 53 yard drive to take a 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by a 28 yard screen pass to 5’7” senior running back Jacob Leikam who caught the ball in space and ran down the right sideline before being brought down at the BVNW 20.
Aquinas’ defense continued its first half onslaught as they forced the Huskies to punt on their first five possessions of the half. The halftime whistle was the only other thing to end a BVNW drive.
“Our number ones pitched a shutout in the first half,” Saint Thomas Aquinas head coach Randy Dreiling said. “We really played as well as we could on both sides of the ball, offense, defense and special teams, tonight.”
Senior quarterback Karter Odermann had the Saints offense rolling all night. Odermann led four straight first half touchdown drives all scored by different Saints running backs.
“Having four different running backs score to start the game shows how well our [offensive] line did tonight,” Odermann said. “Coach Dreiling and [offensive line] coach Thurston had them and everyone ready to play tonight.”
The backfield wealth fits Coach Dreiling’s run first system, but he still wants to try and work the passing game as well.
“Running backs, we got a bunch, but we want to get the wide outs involved as well,” Dreiling said. “We are a run first team, but tonight there was no need to pass.”
It only took the Saints four plays to move 69 yards to score their fifth touchdown of the game. Senior wide receiver Duron Lowe capped of the drive with a 10 yard sweep off the right side.
Lowe would score on the STA’s next possession as well. This time he took a handoff from back up sophomore quarterback Will Swanson around the right side. He broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and out ran the Huskies 25 yards to pay dirt.
That would be the last score of the game for the Saints as they played their backups most of the second half.
“It’s such a fine line on whether or not they will compete or get run over,” Dreiling said of his second team. “Our number two’s played most of the second half, competed, and gained invaluable experience.”
Near the end of the third quarter BVNW would finally get on the scoreboard. After an Aquinas punt senior quarterback Jack Knutson took the snap and took his five step drop. He looked to his left and arced a perfect pass to senior wide receiver Gabe Jones. Jones caught the ball on the left sideline just across the 50 yard line; then he broke away from two Saints defenders running nearly across the whole field before scoring near the right pylon.
“They were really aggressive on our short routes all night,” BVNW head coach Mike Zegunis said, “so we ran a hitch and go. Jack made a good throw and Cooper worked hard to score.”
The Huskies would add another touchdown before the end of the game, and they worked hard until the final whistle.
“I’m glad our kids were battling,” Zegunis said. “I tell them nothing good comes easy. We have lots of young guys, and we are taking our lumps right now. We have nothing to be discouraged about.”
Next week Northwest takes on Blue Valley North, and the Saints travel to Bishop Miege.
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