Blue Valley rolls past BV Northwest
By Mike Lavieri Blue Valley Post Sports Editor
Blue Valley Northwest had an opportunity to change the complexion of its game — a 42-7 Blue Valley victory.
The Huskies, who trailed 21-7 at the half, opened the third quarter with the ball on their 12-yard line.
Spanning 19 plays and more than eight minutes, BV Northwest marched 87 yards down to the Blue Valley one-yard line with four chances to punch it in.
Huskies head coach Mike Zegunis put his faith in sophomore quarterback Jacob Clark to make a smart decision with what play they were going to run.
“He’s reading whether he can squeeze the ball in like he thought he could, then he has the option to throw that ball,” Zegunis said.
The designed play was to run the ball, but Clark audibled to a pass play and had senior receiver Riley Zerni open on a quick slant, but the ball popped off of Zerni’s shoulder pads and it was intercepted by Blue Valley senior defensive tackle John Pikus.
Blue Valley coach Eric Driskell said his team started to finally play physical when its back was on the goal line.
“We have to play that way earlier,” Driskell said. “Not to take anything away from the — they played extremely hard and executed very well — but that’s big to be down there, that’s kind of our first goal-line stand we’ve had the opportunity to work on and to get a hand on the ball and make a play in the end zone. Proud of those guys for making that play.”
The Tigers didn’t do anything on their next drive and were forced to punt as Northwest did on the drive following.
When Blue Valley got the ball back, it didn’t have it for long as senior quarterback Matt Dercher found senior receiver Harrison Van Dyne for their second touchdown connection of the night. The first went for 77 yards, while the second went for 36 yards.
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