Blue Valley Southwest gets first win ever
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Blue Valley Southwest has its first win. The Timberwolves rallied from a 35-14 second-half deficit to defeat Blue Valley West 36-35 Thursday night at the Switzer District Activities Center.
The Timberwolves grabbed an early 7-0 lead and had the game tied at 14 late in the second quarter but two DeSean Warren kickoff returns for touchdowns seemed to put West in a commanding position.
Southwest wouldn’t give up. The Timberwolves rallied from 21 points down and got a huge two-point conversion to notch the first win in school history.
Timberwolves’ coach Bill Lowe had a hard time remembering exactly how it all came together.
“I don’t know if it’s real,” Lowe said. “I can’t remember back to the first half. I remember going for two but everything else is tough.
“What a tough group of kids. There were so many great plays tonight it is tough to keep track.”
Warren’s first return came just after the Timberwolves tied the game with two minutes 46 seconds left in the first half. After West tacked on one more score before the half, Warren then opened the third quarter with another long return and the Jaguars seemed to have control.
Southwest never quit scoring twice more to cut the lead to 35-28 with 7:40 left in the game. One more drive would set up the final drama and the first win in school history. The Timberwolves would drive down into Jaguars territory and with 1:09 left in the game they scored a touchdown to make it 35-34 West.
A simple extra point would have tied the game and maybe sent it to overtime but Southwest coach Bill Lowe went for two. Timberwolves quarterback Aaron Ramsey found Scott Anderson for the two-point conversion and Southwest had the lead.
“We knew we had to go for it,” Lowe said. “We only have 29 or 30 players healthy enough to play so we knew we couldn’t go to overtime.”
The call on the play was even more special. Lowe’s son Bill Jr. is an assistant coach for Southwest and he made the call for what turned out to be the game winning play.
“My son is in the booth,” the senior Lowe said. “We decided to go for two and he had it called right all the way.”
West would drive down to the Southwest 30 but the Jaguars were unable to find the end zone and Southwest earned its first win ever.
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