Mustangs make another statement

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By Sean Kosednar PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 31, 2015 - 12:24 AM

Even a heavy rain couldn’t dampen the offenses of Blue Valley North and Shawnee Mission West as North won this 6A District two battle 49-21.

The Vikings got their senior night started on a high note scoring a touchdown on just their fourth play from scrimmage. After starting on the 48 yard line, senior quarterback Adam Rellihan hit junior wideout Isreal Watson on a seam route for 42 yards. This set up junior running back Nigil Houston’s first touchdown of the night from two yards out.

North answered on their first possession. The Mustangs drove down the field on the arm of senior quarterback Joey Dolan. Dolan found senior wide receiver Josh Pederson wide open in the middle for a 23-yard touchdown.

“The conditions weren’t great for what people call a ‘passing team,’” Mustangs’ head coach Andy Sims said, “but the conditions were pretty good for a tough team and that’s what we are.”

The second quarter saw a flurry of scoring with five touchdowns. North struck first on a one-yard sneak by Dolan.

On the next possession Houston showed off his speed and power. Houston took the hand off into the middle of the line and looked to be stopped, but he bounced out to the left sideline and sped down the boundary. Houston broke a tackle after 30 yards and cut back inside before a juking a defender and walking into the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown. 

“Nigil played very hard,” West head coach Tim Callaghan said. “He is a very good running back. Hope he is doing ok since he banged up his ankle.”

After trading touchdowns the Mustangs took over with just over a minute left in the half and the score tied at 21. Dolan led the Mustangs on a six play drive that was capped off by the third Dolan to Pederson touchdown of the half. All told Dolan was 24-26 for over 200 yards in the first half.

The Mustangs picked up right where they left off in the second half. Dolan drove his team right down the field. The drive ended with Dolan connecting with Pederson on a two-yard slant for another touchdown.

“The rain didn’t stop [Dolan], it didn’t stop our offensive line, and that isn’t a slight against the defense we were playing,” Sims said. “I think it just a testament to where our mindset is and what we are focused on. We are locked in and playing good football, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

On the following possession, West looked to be putting together a solid drive, but found themselves with a fourth down inside the red zone. North brought the blitz and three Mustangs converged on Rellihan. Junior linebacker Harrison Frazer sacked and striped the quarterback then picked up the ball and ran 85 yards for a touchdown.

“That was actually a 14 point swing,” Sims said. “The seven that maybe they could have had and the seven we did get. Plus the momentum we got in the second half. It was tremendous.”

Frazer forced another turnover when he picked off Rellihan later in the third quarter.

Dolan added another two touchdowns in the fourth quarter brining him to five for the game. Dolan finished 31-36 for 367 yards.

“It was a pretty miserable night,” Callaghan said. “Getting rained on and beat up isn’t a good night, but we are in the playoffs next week and not checking in equipment tomorrow.”

The win makes Blue Valley North district champions.