Lawrence blows past Blue Valley West
By Chris Sitek PrepsKC staff writer
Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers highlighted a roller coaster of a game between Lawrence High and Blue Valley West.
Put in example: first play of the game: West quarterback Keaton Goodale bobbled the snap losing the football that was picked up by linebacker Santino Gee who picked it up and scored the first touchdown of the game.
West’s next three possessions were: an interception, a fumble and a punt all of which resulted in points by Lawrence. By the end of the first quarter Lawrence High lead Blue Valley West 30-0 and never looked back winning 51 to 9.
Blue Valley West struggled to get anything going offensively with key turnovers serving as huge drive killers and let the deficit grow to such immense heights. The Jaguars offensive line struggled to protect Keaton Goodale on nearly every down and the run-game was no help too due to the line’s lack of push.
West head coach Josh Koerkenmeier spoke about the offense line’s inability to block throughout the game
“We just had two bad snaps and you know when you’re on your own 20 and you put it over the quarterback’s head good things aren’t going to happen,” said coach Koerkenmeier. “It just put us in a hole to start the game and we didn’t ever really mentally recover from that.”
Given the offensives struggles, West’s defense played valiantly given the circumstances limiting the high powered Lawrence High offensive to just one touchdown in the second half.
Koerkenmeier talked about his defense’s performance
“It’s not easy to think you have a good chance to win a game and go into the locker room at halftime down 40 points,” said coach Koerkenmeier. “The fact that they came out and played as hard as they did in the second half is a great sign of what great kids they are.”
Lawrence High, meanwhile flourished off West’s mistakes scoring 34 of their 51 points off turnovers.
Lawrence head coach Dirk Wedd talked about the importance of winning the turnover battle.
“We deferred and we put the monkey on the defense to go three-and-out and make them into punt into the wind and it was even better than that with the bad snap and you know it snow balled from there.”
Turnovers-aside, Lawrence High got a huge lift from senior tailback Trey Moore who had the most complete games a tailback running for over 100 yard and starting off the second half with a 93-yard kick return touchdown. Moore finished the night with over 200 total yards.
Linebacker Santino Gee made his mark coming up with big play after big play for the Lawrence Lions finishing with a fumble recovery for a touchdown, an interception and a multi-tackle night.
Coach Wedd talked about his message to the team moving forward.
“They’ve been rewarded with home games and I think the seniors wanted to make sure that they’re not walking up that sidewalk checking in their stuff on Monday so we get to practice another week and I get to coach the kids and you know I love this group because we over-achieved so much and they’ve come so far, we just want to keep it going.”
Lawrence High is moving forward and will play Shawnee Mission North while Blue Valley West’s season is over.
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