Blue Valley Northwest edges Aquinas
By Ben Gartland PrepsKC Student Intern
The large homecoming crowd at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School was not enough to lead the Saints to a victory, as they fell 18-14 to the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies.
It was a wild and sloppy game, with five failed fourth down conversions in the first half, and three failed two-point conversions. No one scored in the first quarter, and it wasn't until midway through the second quarter that points were put on the board, when Aquinas senior Paul Heit connected with senior Clayton Henning for a 9-yard touchdown reception.
Two minutes later, set up by a recovered fumble by senior Matt Clemons, Aquinas junior Nick Williams juked his way 19 yards for another Saints touchdown. The teams went into halftime with the Saints leading 14-0.
The Huskies, however, came out firing in the second half, scoring a touchdown barely two minutes into the third quarter. Blue Valley Northwest failed to convert the two-point conversion, but had trimmed the lead down to 14-6.
With six minutes to go in the third quarter, Huskie Jake Cobble intercepted the ball and returned it 22 yards to the Saints six yard line. One play later and the Huskies had scored again, this time on a 6-- yard rush from quarterback Garrett Fugate. An offensive pass interference penalty on the preceeding two-point conversion attempt led to the Huskies losing both a down, and an opportunity for two points. The damage had been done though, and the Saints lead only by two points, 14-12.
The game went back and forth after that, with no real scoring opportunity except for a missed 35-yard field goal by Aquinas kicker Declan Fogarty. It wasn't until there was 1:12 to go in the fourth quarter that the Huskies finally took the lead with a 45 yard touchdown pass to Austin Moses. They failed their third two-point conversion attempt when their quarterback Fugate was forced to throw the ball away. The Huskies lead 18-14, which would prove to be the final score.
Aquinas was not able to move the ball on the ensuing drive, and ended up turning the ball over on downs after a fourth and 16 pass to Nick Williams was incomplete. Northwest took over and ran out the clock as they went on to victory.
It was the first loss of the season for the Saints, as they fell to 3-1 on the season. Blue Valley Northwest, meanwhile, improved their record to 3-1.
Aquinas coach Mike Thomas said that his team, which was limited to 90 yards in the second half while giving up 255, was unfocused in the second half.
"Turnovers cost us and we were not focused," He said "We're going to have to play harder next week."
Next week the Saints will play host to rivals Bishop Miege, while the Huskies will visit the Blazers of Gardner-Edgerton.
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