Olathe West tops DeSoto for another big win

By Zachary Spain PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 10, 2018 - 2:19 AM



It was a second seed against a second-year school, but upstart Olathe West overcame an early deficit to upset host De Soto 24-7 in the Kansas Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night.

Running back Gavan McDaniel scored a 5-yard rushing touchdown run with 4:34 left in the second half to put the 11th-seeded Owls ahead 14-7. That ended up being the deciding score for the Owls.

McDaniel, a junior, has 141 yards on 15 carries, including a 55-yard breakaway run that tied the game 7-7 late in the first quarter.

Perhaps with an eye toward the seemingly inevitable semifinal with St. Thomas Aquinas, De Soto scored first on Garrett Kellner’s 4-yard touchdown with 2:45 left in the first quarter, but the Wildcats (8-3) -- in Class 5A a year after being a 4A-I semifinalist in the old classification system -- led for just 124 seconds before McDaniel’s long run tied it.

The Owls (5-6) -- who started their inaugural varsity season 0-4 before winning five-of-seven -- extended their lead with a 27-yard Connor Delong field goal and a Zac Krause touchdown pass in the second half.

Now their Cinderella run continues in the state semifinals with an even stiffer challenge: at top-ranked, undefeated powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas.

It was a second seed against a second-year school, but upstart Olathe West overcame an early deficit to upset host De Soto 24-7 in the Kansas Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night.

Running back Gavan McDaniel scored a 5-yard rushing touchdown run with 4:34 left in the second half to put the 11th-seeded Owls ahead 14-7. That ended up being the deciding score for the Owls.

McDaniel, a junior, has 141 yards on 15 carries, including a 55-yard breakaway run that tied the game 7-7 late in the first quarter.

Perhaps with an eye toward the seemingly inevitable semifinal with St. Thomas Aquinas, De Soto scored first on Garrett Kellner’s 4-yard touchdown with 2:45 left in the first quarter, but the Wildcats (8-3) -- in Class 5A a year after being a 4A-I semifinalist in the old classification system -- led for just 124 seconds before McDaniel’s long run tied it.

The Owls (5-6) -- who started their inaugural varsity season 0-4 before winning five-of-seven -- extended their lead with a 27-yard Connor Delong field goal and a Zac Krause touchdown pass in the second half.

Now their Cinderella run continues in the state semifinals with an even stiffer challenge: at top-ranked, undefeated powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas.