Aquinas blows past Blue Valley West

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By Andrew Robinson PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 28, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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With two weeks remaining in its regular season, Saint Thomas Aquinas made a statement Thursday night defeating Blue Valley West 53-7 at Blue Valley District Activities Complex.

The Jaguars (1-4) had little answer for the Saints’ rushing attack from the opening kick.

Once again, Aquinas (5-0) leaned heavily on sophomore running back Tyron “Tank” Young. Young scored all five of the Saints’ first half offensive touchdowns, with the longest being a 24-yard run. Young finished with 176 yards on 23 carries and rested the entire second half with the rest of the Aquinas starters.

“Obviously we came out and took care of business,” said Aquinas head coach Randy Dreiling. “Until you watch the film you can’t be totally happy. All in all, I was pleased with how we came out and blocked compared to last week.”

Before the Blue Valley West marching band could take the field at halftime, the Saints proved why they’re undefeated thus far.

In addition to Young’s success, junior defensive back Kordan Harris intercepted a Jaguar pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

“The quarterback was looking over here looking for a receiver and he threw it right to me,” Young said.

The Saints also blocked a punt which set up a touchdown.

It was the third time in five weeks the Saints’ offense put up more than 49 points and its defense is allowing an average of 11.2 points per game.

The 40-point halftime lead did allow the Saints to get its back-ups some key varsity experience.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who need that game experience to see if they can get in,” Dreiling said. “Some of them might have to play down the road.”

Blue Valley West junior quarterback Greg Riddle did tack on a 16-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to end the Saints’ hopes of a shutout.

With its public-school portion of the schedule behind them, St. Thomas Aquinas now turns its attention to rivals St. James and Bishop Miege to close out the regular season.

“At this point, you have to keep getting better and better each week,” Dreiling said. “That’s what we keep emphasizing.”

And while the Saints will certainly enjoy its victory on Thursday night, they know what’s ahead.

“Work starts at 630 tomorrow morning with film,” said senior quarterback Tate Raboin. “Big cross-town rivals — it’ll be a big week.”

Blue Valley West faces Blue Valley Northwest next week.