Blue Valley Northwest grinds past West

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By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 9, 2014 - 11:03 PM

On a cold, windy and rainy night, it was the Blue Valley Northwest passing attack and field goal unit that starred in the Huskies 20-7 victory over Blue Valley West.

The biggest strike for the Huskies came with 2:53 left in the game when Zack Zegunis found Brady Kurtz who adjusted on an underthrown pass from 15-yard out to put the game out of reach.

It was the second time Zegunis connected on a touchdown pass, the first coming when he found Dalton Schoen on a 43-yard strike. That coupled with a pair of field goals from Jackson Walker from 34 and 35 yards gave Northwest a 13-0 halftime lead.

“Our guys battled hard all night long,” Northwest head coach Mike Zegunis said. “It’s one of those games that you never know what is going to get you loose and get you in the end zone. We found a way to get it done.”

As Zegunis connected with Schoen, a lightning strike delayed the game for 37 minutes with Northwest up 10-0.

Entering the delay, Zegunis had been the star, completing three of eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

The Blue Valley West defense keyed the majority of its defensive efforts on Miles Alexander, which made sense considering he ran for the most yards of any back in the metro last week.

As the Jaguars focused on him, it set the stage for Zegunis to gain yards in chunks. Eventually the Jaguar defense adjusted to his running threat, but they were never able to slow the Huskies’ passing attack even in the awful weather conditions.

“Miles is an outstanding back and we know teams are going to have to gear up to stop him,” Mike Zegunis said. “We think we have some other weapons though and Zack showed he could run the ball tonight. It was tough to pass in these conditions.”

Zegunis did find success on the ground one last time, running for 39 yards on the final drive before throwing the game-sealing touchdown. He finished with 92 yards on the ground and 158 through the air.

For Blue Valley West, the offense showed flashes of life from Tyler Cox, but they were unable to string drives together through the first 3 quarters.

On the first play of the fourth quarter Cox finally broke free on a 38-yard run, the highlight of his 138-yard, 25 carry performance.

That run set up an eventual five-yard score from Mark Collins that pulled the game to 13-7, but the Jaguars could get no closer.

The seven points was a season best for the Huskies defense. After allowing 112 points in their first three games, the defensive unit has given up just 31 in the last three, a definite bright spot as Huskies head into district play.

“(Our defense) has improved a great deal,” Mike Zegunis said. “Our defense is getting better and better. You can see the defense getting more confident. More guys are flying to the football and we are physical, which is something we weren’t doing early on.”

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