Special to the Gardner News
In a workmanlike effort, Gardner Edgerton upped its season record to 4-0 with a 56-0 win over Blue Valley Southwest on Sept. 24.
The ‘Blazer offense, which has been so dynamic all season, came out a bit flat, scoring only one touchdown-a 20 yard Ryan Weber run-in the first period.
Defensively, GE was impressive, with the Timberwolves going three and out on all but one of their first half possessions.
Coach Kris Henry’s unit also forced two turnovers- a Daniel Mauszycki fumble recovery and a Jeff Ragland interception.
Those turnovers gave the ‘Blazer “O” great field position, and they took advantage of it.
GE scored on three consecutive drives in the second period to put this one away at 28-0 at the half.
Those scores came on a Bubba Starling 18-yard run, a Brett Jensen six-yard run and a 30-yard pass from Starling to Tyler Stubler.
The ‘Blazers upped the lead to 35-0 on a 12-yard Jensen run in the third period.
Jensen made the score 42-0 early in the fourth with his fourth score of the game-a 14-yard rumble to paydirt.
GE tacked on two late TDs from their second unit. The first of those scores came on an eight-yard Tim Seymour run. Tanner Webb then added a 68-yard scamper to account for the 56-0 final. Chase Lee was a perfect eight for eight in extra points on the night.
The ‘Blazer offense totaled 332 yards on the ground, led by Weber who had 86 yards on the night. Jensen was right behind him with 85 yards and Webb had 79 on just two carries. Starling had seven totes for 53 yards. Seymour, Austin Goldsmith and Clayton Dye had 13, 19, and seven yards respectively.
Starling was five of 11 through the air for 102 yards. Alex Knorr was his favorite target, catching two aerials for 36 yards. Weber, Stubler, and Webb all had receptions as well.
Webb also completed a six-yard pass to Seymour in the game, giving the ‘Blazers 440 yards of total offense on its best outing of the year, giving up just 43 yards on 38 rushes and 70 passing yards. Mauszycki, Kyle Pacheco, Jimmy Orwick, Brent Bovitz, and Deion Shump all stood out for the defensive unit.
“We’re pleased with the win. Our offense was a bit frustrated because they showed us some looks we hadn’t seen. Our players did a good job of communicating to the coaching staff of what they were trying to do and we adjusted well at the half. Our defense played very well, making it tough sledding for Southwest all night,” said head coach Marvin Diener about the win.
Next up for the ‘Blazers is a road trip to Blue Valley Northwest for an Oct. 1 contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.