Gardner-Edgerton beats Lawrence

By Adam Sullivan PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: September 15, 2018 - 12:28 AM

A year after seeing an 0-9 record, the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers improved to 3-0 on the 2018 season with a 33-13 victory over Lawrence.

The goal was simple for Gardner-Edgerton’s Darin Robertson.

“It’s about breaking down your opponent in the first half,” Robertson explained. “We didn’t have a great pregame, but we showed up once the game started and everyone played great.”

Lawrence received the opening kickoff and after a quick first down the Lions were forced to punt with Gardner-Edgerton taking over at its own 4-yard line. Nine plays and 96-yards later for the Trailblazers, senior Jacob Hunsperger bounced off sever Lion defenders for an 11-yard touchdown run to give Gardner-Edgerton a 7-0 lead.

The Trailblazer defense dominated the physicality of the game early and often. The Lions went three and out on its second possession giving Gardner-Edgerton a chance to break the game open.

Standing at 6-foot, 4-inch, Trailblazer running back Luke Jennings is an imposing figure in the backfield. The senior not only has the height on his side, but size as well weighing in at 210 pounds. On Gardner-Edgerton’s’ second drive of the game, Jennings busted through the Lion defense going 34-yards to give the Trailblazers a quick 14-0 lead with :35 remaining in the first quarter.

Trailblazer quarterback Teven McKelvey proved why the Gardner-Edgerton offense is one of the best in the city. Not only do teams need to worry about Hunsperger and Jennings, but McKelvey is the definition of dual threat.

In the second quarter McKelvey added 12 points to the Edgerton total. On the first score he sprinted past the Lions for an 11-yard touchdown. Two drives later, McKelvey lined up as receiver and caught a perfect pass from Tyler Goetzmann as Gardner-Edgerton took a 26-0 lead into the half.

“Teven and Luke are extremely talented,” stated Gardner-Edgerton head coach Ryan Cornelson. “They worked hard in the summer. They’re no different than the rest of the guys though. In spurts they’re really good and in spurts they’re inconsistent.”

Lawrence came out in the second half showing fight. Senior Caleb Mondi led the Lions on the defensive effort which led to a blocked punt with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter. Lion quarterback Tre Jackson capitalized on the Trailblazer error as Jackson found Chris McGee for an 11-yard touchdown.

“Lawrence made some adjustments in the second half and played really well,” Cornelson said. “They have a lot of talent, they’re young but you know with Coach Steve Rampy they’ll be rolling soon.”

Gardner-Edgerton would add a final touchdown to end the third quarter as Hunsperger scored his second touchdown of the night. Lawrence would add a late score as Kallun Chitama recovered an Edgerton fumble for a touchdown.

The Trailblazers (3-0) will return home to face Olathe East next week while Lawrence (0-3) will be on the road at Olathe Northwest.