St. James pushes on

Robert Schraeder/Special to PrepsKC

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 31, 2015 - 12:09 AM

Whatever St. James wanted it got as it routed Bonner Springs 26-7 on Friday night to advance to the Class 5A playoffs.

The Thunder pounded the ball on the ground with Dylan Streeter, who ran for 242 yards.

Streeter, who was filling in for Jake Burgmeier, who has been hampered with an ankle injury for much of the year, but was a healthy scratch on senior night, scored twice.

“I came out here with the mentality of, I’m really close with these seniors, and I didn’t want this to be their last game,” Streeter said. “I was going to do whatever it took to get it done.”

Two weeks ago when Burgmeier left the Mill Valley game after re-aggravating his ankle injury, Streeter stepped into the backfield, but was also playing corner back.

St. James coach Tom Radke said Streeter played out of his mind. He told Streeter that he should focus on scoring touchdowns and they’ll find somebody else to play defense.

Tonight, he had to only focus on running the ball. He said not having to play both ways was definitely easier mentally.

Streeter had touchdown runs of six yards and two yards. Quarterback Trey Keith ran for one of nine yards, and found Mason Dunsmore for a five yard score.

The Thunder were in complete control offensively and defensively as Bonner Springs couldn’t attack St. James through the air because of the steady rain that came down all night.

And it was evident the Braves were going to run more, or throw shorter, because on the third play of the game, Byers rolled out to his left and went to pass, but the ball slipped out.

Bonner Springs coach Lucas Aslin said the run game of the Braves didn’t match up as well with the run game of St. James because St. James is a little more physical in that aspect of the game.

“It was a hard night to throw the football,” Aslin said. “We needed to throw the football to win the game. We made some mistakes in the first half and they were able to capitalize.”

After allowing 26 points in the first quarter, Bonner Springs shutout the Thunder, but were only able to muster a Conner Byers to Hayden Hoffine 14-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter.

Radke said Bonner Springs is a good team and that the Braves made all the plays last year in their 13-0 win to advance to the playoffs and send St. James home.

The Thunder made defensive play after defensive play. Clay Lautt picked off Byers twice on the night.

“We wanted to pound the rock with whatever the weather was going to be,” Radke said. “We made some good plays in the passing game, despite the weather.”