Special to The Gardner News
Gardner Edgerton’s inexorable march to the state championship game continued with a dominant performance Friday night.
Facing off against an overmatched Bonner Springs club, the state’s top ranked eleven rolled to an impressive 70-0 triumph in a first round playoff game at USD 231 District Stadium.
The ‘Blazers, who are ranked 24th nationally by USA Today, rolled to a 49-0 halftime lead.
Touchdowns were scored by five different players in the half. Brett Jensen led the way with three scores on runs of four, 20, and 34 yards. Daniel Mauszycki and Tim Seymour added rushing TD’s from four and 41 yards out respectively. Ryan Goetzman and Tyler Stubler each caught a Bubba Starling pass for six. Goetzman’s was a spectacular 31-yard catch and Stubler had an equally impressive 77-yard reception for his score.
GE ended the half with 434 yards of total offense.
Behind that prodigous total were the unsung heroes of this team-the offensive line. Seniors Lucas Powell, Kyle Pacheco, and Alex Knorr and junors Greg Hopper, Cayden White, and Mason Rodgers continue to impress with their explosive blocking.
Defensively, the Blazers limited the Braves to just 96 yards in those first two quarters. Linemen Pacheco, Mauszycki, Jimmy Orwick, and Cody Kidd along with linebackers Brent Bovitz, Jeff Ragland, Marcus Williams and Matt Plank together with the secondary of Colten Peavehouse, Ryan Newhouse, Austin Goldsmith, Deion Shump have now gone six consecutive periods without giving up a touchdown.
In the second half, GE substituted liberally but still managed to outscore Bonner 21-0. Freshman Traevohn Wrench had the three touchdowns on runs of 3, 11, and 26 yards. Fellow freshman Jared Hobby completed two of three passes for 54 yards in the final two periods to also shine bright and give the
Gardner Edgerton faithful a glimpse of a future that looks impressive.
Overall, the ‘Blazers finished with 408 yards rushing and 186 through the air. Starling was the leading ground gainer with 131 yards on just six carries. Jensen added 112 yards on nine totes and Seymour and
Wrench added 74 and 64 yards respectively.
Seymour caught two passes for 35 yards, Goetzman also had two receptions which totaled 55 yards and Stubler had the 77-yard touchdown grab.
Coach Marvin Diener was proud of his team’s effort in the victory.
“We have absolutely been going full throttle in practice and that is why we play well on Friday night,” said the Gardner Edgerton mentor.
The ‘Blazers victory moved them into a quarterfinal round matchup with
Shawnee Heights on Friday night at USD 231 District Stadium.
Heights defeated Mill Valley 56-30 last week and has now won four in a row after an 0-6 start.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. for the Nov. 12 encounter.