Blue Valley rolls Blue Valley West
By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
On second and eight, Blue Valley quarterback Matthew Dercher saw receiver Harrison Van Dyne beat his man on a fade route and lobbed up a rainbow pass to the back of the end-zone: touchdown Blue Valley.
Those two words were said a lot tonight as the Tigers romped past Blue Valley West 49 to 7.
From the first snap of the football, Blue Valley’s pass-heavy offense and blitz-heavy defense was dominant and Blue Valley West simply had no answer.
“We struggled from the very beginning,” Jaguars head coach Josh Koerkenmeier said. “I think we threw more interceptions than completions and never really were able to run the ball well and all those things were disappointing.”
Blue Valley set the tone early in the first quarter with two rushing touchdowns grabbing a 14-0 lead and never looking back.
“It feels great to be 2-0,” Tigers head coach Eric Driskell said. “Anytime you can get started in the right direction like this, you feel really good about it because you played extremely hard.”
A big reason Blue Valley is 2-0 is their offense, which has scored 35 plus points in their first two games and aren’t looking to slow down anytime soon. The Tigers were led by Dercher who threw two touchdowns and a running back-by-committee stable that found the end-zone five times in the win.
Driskell was impressed by his young quarterback’s play.
“Matt has really started out exactly where we wanted to making some good decisions tonight and doing a really good job of spreading it out and getting it to our playmakers,” Driskell said.
Defensively, the Tigers were even better, pressuring Jaguars’ quarterback Jack Michelson into two interceptions and a ton of sacks.
Driskell thought the Tigers D was a game changer.
“Our defense played relentless throughout the game and extremely well,” coach Driskell said. “I couldn’t be happier for our d-line and linebackers together bringing some blitz stuff and getting some pressure, those guys work really hard so it’s nice to see some glory over there too.”
There weren’t many positives for coach Koerkenmeier Jaguars (1-1), but one of the lone bright spots belonged to running back Jake Kidd who had an impressive red-zone run to score the Jaguars lone touchdown.
“He made a great play,” Koerkenmeier said. “We didn’t block it up very well but he made a great individual effort.”
The Jaguars struggled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, the Jaguars couldn’t stop the Tigers on third down while offensively they shot themselves in the foot with a next to none passing game and critical penalties.
“That’s something we have to clean up on our end,” Koerkenmeier said. “We’re not good enough right now to put ourselves in second and 20.”
Koerkenmeier and the Jaguars will look to rebound next week against Blue Valley Northwest while Tigers will look to stay hot against Blue Valley North.
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