Blue Valley North blanks Gardner-Edgerton
By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
First and 10, Blue Valley North’s Cole Chapman hikes the ball, scans the defense and unloads a bomb down the right side to find a streaking Payton Theilmann for a 48-yard touchdown.
The senior quarterback talked about the Mustangs biggest touchdown of the night.
“Well, Coach called that route specifically to that side so I pretty much knew I was going there,” Chapman said. “We tried to run the same route the play before and it was a 15-yard gain, so we went right back to it and I just let it go.”
The Chapman-Theilmann air strike was one of four offensive touchdowns for Blue Valley North (2-3). Payton Theilmann finished the night with over 100 yards receiving. Junior Vincent Brinkley also showed some versatility with a nice reverse touchdown in the third quarter.
North’s offense was impressive but their defense was special. Led by the Mustang’s outside linebacker Alex Buffo (2 sacks), defensive lineman Peter Klug (1 sack), and a secondary that scored 14 points off two fumbles. Blue Valley North dominated Gardner Edgerton in every phase finishing with seven sacks, five interceptions and two fumbles recovered.
North head coach Andy Sims thought the little things made the biggest difference in their shutout win.
“Scoop and score for a touchdown, we come right back for an interception and we got big hits,” Sims said. “The game within the game was big too, the opening series where they’re marching down the field and our boy’s stiffened up at the goal line, it’s all those little things that culminate and when you hold a team to zero, you have to have a lot of things going for you and tonight the boys made that happen.”
For coach Sims and the Mustangs their second win couldn’t be any bigger.
“It feels great,” Sims said. “We had a rough three week stretch here and it was good to get back to kind of that same feeling week one and anytime you can hold a team to zero, that’s something to be celebrated right there, that’s a good football team we played tonight.”
It was a night to forget for head coach Marvin Diener and Gardner Edgerton (2-3) who were shutout for the first time this year. Gardner Edgerton’s shutout comes after a two game winning streak.
“It was very uncharacteristic of how we’ve played, we’ve only had three turnovers in the whole season coming into this game,” Diener said. “Not only did we have turnovers but when we had bad plays they were catastrophic kinds of plays and when you’re playing a good physical team like they are, you’re not going to overcome those kinds of things.”
Despite the five fumbles, two picks and nearly everything else that went wrong for the Trailblazers, coach Diener remains confident that Gardner Edgerton will be rebound next week. “The way things are shaking down we still think that we can get a real decent seed in the tournament and we want to be good enough in the tournament to play well and we really think we can do that; we’ll be back.”
Blue Valley North will try to stay hot against Blue Valley West while Gardner Edgerton will look to rebound at home against Blue Valley Northwest.
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