BV West beats Gardner-Edgerton for first win

By An
Posted: October 14, 2017 - 2:18 AM

Through the first six weeks, life in the Eastern Kansas League had not been kind to both Gardner-Edgerton and Blue Valley West. On Friday, one team was going to get some long awaited momentum with just one game remaining before the playoffs.

The Jaguars (1-6, 1-6 EKL) dialed up senior quarterback Keaton Goodale who lead Blue Valley West to a 31-26 victory at the Blue Valley District Activities Center.

“It’s been a long six weeks, when you play in our league you play a lot of good teams and face a lot of adversity,” said Blue Valley West coach Josh Koerkenmeier. “I told those guys that’s a great life lesson. You’re gonna face adversity, but you keep your nose down and keep working and good things are going to happen.”

Goodale finished with three touchdowns, and on almost nearly every critical play, Goodale was either keeping it for a rush, or completing a key pass.

“We kinda took some handcuffs off him this week, he’s been a little frustrated the last few weeks,” said Koerkenmeier. “He’s a heck of a football player, so much heart, so much passion. You can’t put numbers that. He absolutely carried us.”

Gardner-Edgerton (0-7, 0-7 EKL) had its chances in the final minutes to claim its first victory. After Blue Valley West missed a 40-yard field goal attempt to stretch its lead, the Trailblazers took over at its own 20 yard-line with 1:18 remaining. Two plays later, hopes of a comeback victory were dashed when Blue Valley West junior linebacker Ben Coates intercepted Gardner-Edgerton sophomore quarterback Tyler Goetzmann to seal the victory.

As for Goodale’s performance, his first highlight of the evening came with the Jaguars up 10-7 early in the second quarter. Following a Gardner punt, Goodale kept the ball on the next play for a 58-yard touchdown run opening up a 17-7 lead.

“This win means a lot, we’ve battled the last weeks,” Goodale said. “So to be able to get this one for the fans, it’s sick.”

Gardner would respond quickly, with senior running back Baylor Maxwell scoring from two-yards out.

But then late in the third quarter, it was once again Goodale. This time he ran in from 15-yards out stretching the lead to 24-14. And not to be overlooked was the downfield blocking Goodale was receiving from his wideouts.

“They opened up all the touchdowns, it was on them,” Goodale said. “I was able to read them well and let them lead the way.”

Maxwell wasn’t to be outdueled by Goodale though, and he responded with a 52-yard touchdown of his own to get Gardner-Edgerton within four points. But the Trailblazers wouldn’t get any closer the rest of the evening.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Goodale lowered his shoulder on a Gardner-Edgerton defender to score on a 20-yard touchdown run, sealing the victory for the Jaguars.

“We just talk to our kids about getting better every week,” Koerkenmeier said. “They believed it and it finally paid off. I hope we continue to get better and give yourselves a chance in the playoffs.”

Gardner-Edgerton finishes its regular season hosting Mill Valley, while Blue Valley West hosts St. James Academy.