Still the kings

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By Mike Lavieri Blue Valley Post Sports Editor
Posted: October 22, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Blue Valley wasted no time throwing the first haymaker in its 45-34 victory on Friday night giving the Tigers the No. 1 seed when the Class 6A playoffs begin next week.

The Tigers scored on the first play of the game as senior quarterback Matt Dercher hit senior receiver Cade Green for 80 yards and the first of two touchdowns on the night for Green.

The next Dercher-Green connection for a touchdown came in the second quarter with 4:32 remaining left in the first half to extend Blue Valley’s lead to 28-14.

Green appeared to have been stopped at the Aquinas six yard line by senior safety Andy Herbic, but Green dragged Herbic, who was hanging onto Green’s jersey, four yards before diving across the goal line.

“Our coaches preach weight room,” Green said as he pointed to his thighs. “Weight room kicked in with the legs right there. My dad commented to me after the game, ‘If you didn’t get in I would have killed you there.’”

His dad, obviously joking, but Green said he almost lost the ball as he hit the ground. He looked over his shoulder and saw the referee signaling for a touchdown.

Blue Valley coach Eric Driskell said sophomore Alex Totta, who took over the running duties for senior Will Evans in the second quarter, did a nice job filling in for Evans, who left the game with an ankle injury, but returned in the second half.

Blue Valley would go into halftime scoring 21 unanswered points and up 38-14 as Totta ran for two touchdowns and Jackson Likens hit a 29-yard field goal with one second left in the half.

“We dug ourselves into a hole,” Aquinas coach Randy Dreiling said. “We gave them a kickoff return and the first play of the game. That’s what we’ve been doing this year — giving up big plays. Second half we settled down and had a pretty good half, but it was too late.”

Aquinas took its opening drive 80 yards in 1:04 as Will Swanson pounded the ball into the end zone from a yard out. An 83-yard scamper by running back Cameron Jackson, who was caught from behind and brought down at the one, set up the score.

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