Special to the Gardner News
Fueled by a 35-point onslaught in less than 12 minutes, Gardner Edgerton completely overwhelmed Blue Valley Northwest, 63-14 in the Huskies homecoming contest on Oct. 1.
The ‘Blazers and Northwest were tied at seven late in the first quarter before GE reeled off that 35-point explosion to put the game away.
Quarterback Bubba Starling, who had scored the game’s first touchdown on a 79-yard run, started the fireworks with an 80-yard scamper to paydirt.
Kris Henry’s defensive unit went to work — forcing six turnovers in the game.
Second quarter interceptions from Austin Goldsmith, Deion Shump and Daniel Mauszycki were all instrumental in stopping drives, setting up the offense in great field position or leading to a score. Mauszycki took his pick back for a touchdown.
Other TDs during the scoring barrage came on a 12-yard Starling run, a 25-yad pass from Starling to Brett Jensen, and a 12-yard run from Jensen.
When the smoke cleared the state’s top ranked team led 42-7 at the half.
The ‘Blazers kept the pressure on in the third quarter-getting one-yard runs from Jensen and Ryan Weber to up the advantage to 56-7.
Weber’s score was set up by another stellar play from the defensive unit-a Jeff Ragland interception that almost went for a TD.
Conner Knorr would then score his first touchdown as a ‘Blazer when he caught a 33-yard aerial from Tanner Webb in the fourth period. Chase Lee’s extra point-he was a perfect nine for nine on the night-accounted for the final 63-14 margin.
The ‘Blazers finished with 464 yards of total offense-getting 382 on the ground and 82 in the air on six of twelve passing. Tyler Stubler, Jensen, and Alex and Conner Knorr all caught aerials in the game.
Starling led the way in rushing with 179 yards on just six totes. Weber had 92 yards on 11 carries, and Jensen totaled 62 yards on 11 carries.
Webb, Tim Seymour, Damian Lang, and Clayton Dye all ran well in the fourth period when the second unit moved the ball for a score.
The offensive line of Lucas Powell, Cayden White, Greg Hopper, Mason Rodgers, Cayden White, Alex Knorr and Ryan Fruits was again dominating, opening up the gaping holes that the GE backs ran through.
Defensively, the team played its best game of the year, getting an especially great night from Shump who had an interception, a fumble recovery, and several jarring or touchdown saving hits.
Shump’s fellow secondary mates-Ryan Newhouse, Marcus Williams, and Goldsmith all contributed as well
Middle Linebacker Brent Bovitz was the game’s leading tackler and fellow linebackers Matt Plank, Ragland, and Garret Shultz all were very good against a skilled passing outfit.
And don’t forget the D- line- Mauszycki pressured the QB all night and had the pick six. Kyle Pacheo, Cody Kidd, and Jimmy Orwick relentlessly pressured the quarterback and delivered hit and after punishing hit.
“This was the best we played all year. The defense did a great job, getting one score and helping set up another. We were physical and really hit people on both sides of the ball,” said head coach Marvin Diener after the contest.
Next up for the ‘Blazers in a game at McPherson on Oct. 8. The Bullpups are highly rated and will be a formidable challenge.