Special to The Gardner News
Big plays were the difference in Gardner Edgerton’s 35-19 victory over Blue Valley Southwest on Sept. 23.
The Blazers found their big-play mojo early when quarterback Jared Hobby hit Tim Seymour on a 36-yard pass completion on the game’s first snap after the opening kickoff.
That same combination worked moments later when Seymour took it to paydirt on an 11-yard pass from Hobby. Chase Lee’s extra point gave GE an early 7-0 advantage.
The Blazers upped that lead to 14-0 when fullback Clayton Dye made a nice 8-yard run to the end zone on the team’s next possession.
Southwest then put together a long drive which would reach deep into GE territory. Blazer senior Marcus Williams-who played very well throughout-made a huge quarterback sack on a third down play which forced the Timberwolves to punt.
On the first play after that punt, GE fumbled on their own seven yard line, giving Southwest a great scoring chance. The T-wolves cashed in on that opportunity with a TD to cut the lead to 14-6 at the 9:44 mark of the second period.
The Blazers responded with perhaps the biggest play of the contest when senior Austin Goldsmith took the subsequent kickoff to the house to put his team up 21-6.
Southwest scored late in the half to make the score 21-12 at intermission.
GE’s defense forced a turnover on the T-Wolves first drive after the break with Williams recovering a fumble on the Southwest 30.
It only took one play for the Blazers dynamic sophomore running back Traevohn Wrench to find the end zone on a 30-yard scamper. That score put GE up 28-12.
Wrench would score again before the third quarter ended, this time on a 70-yard run up the middle. After Lee added the extra point, the Blazers led 35-12.
GE had two more deep forays into Southwest territory but were unable to punch it in either time. The T-wolves added a late TD to account for the final margin of 35-19.
GE finished with 252 yards rushing led by Wrench who had 211 yards on the night. Seymour added 23 yards and Dye had 18,
Hobby finished 8 of 15 through the air for 105 yards. His favorite target was Seymour who had five catches for 87 yards. Jamain Lang added two catches and Hobby caught one of his own aerials that was batted back to him.
Defensively, Kris Henry’s unit kept Southwest from ever getting a long-gainer and did a great job of defending the sweep and the pitch In the option game. Luis Avila with an intereception and Williams’ fumble recovery were both big plays from the “D”.
Coach Marvin Diener was very pleased with his team as it rebounded from a loss last week.
“There was a lot of pressure on the boys to play well after our loss and they responded. We did a lot of things better this week against a very game opponent. We started out quickly and did a good job of mixing the run and the pass,” said the Blazer mentor.
Now 2-2 on the season, GE will face another stiff test when they tangle with Blue Valley Northwest next week. The Huskies are 3-1 with their only loss being a 4-point heartbreaker to Miege. Kickoff for the Sept. 30 affair is 7 p.m. at the USD 231 District Stadium.