Special to The Gardner News
Playing in their first season as a class 6A school, Gardner Edgerton wrapped up a district crown with a 59-28 shellacking of Olathe North last Friday night.
The victory-the Blazers fourth straight-was keyed by Traevohn Wrench’s 362-yard, five touchdown rushing effort and the superlative passing of quarterback Jared Hobby who hit 10 of 16 passes for 227 yards and two TD’s.
Wrench got GE on the board on the first play from scrimmage when he went 58-yards for a TD to put his team up 6-0. Tim Mitchell-who was a perfect 8 for 8 in extra points and also kicked a field goal, drilled the PAT to give the Blazers a 7-0 lead with just 19 ticks gone in the contest.
The Blazers built that lead to 28-0 midway through the second quarter using a TD pass from Hobby to Josh Lang, and two more Wrench rambles to the end zone. The first went 8 yards and the second went 72.
An undermanned, but proud North team then got off the mat to make a game of it, scoring twice before the break to cut the lead to 35-14 at intermission. GE’s additional score came on a 72-yard run by Wrench-whose terrific performances over the past few weeks have made him a contender for metro and state player of the year awards.
The Eagles decided to stack the box to stop the superlative superstar in the second stanza but it didn’t stop the Blazer offense.
That’s because Hobby was on fire in the passing game, making fantastic throws all night including another TD pass to Josh Lang midway through the fourth period.
Lang’s touchdown grab gave the Blazers a 56-28 lead and ended any hope of a North comeback.
The Eagles had matched the Blazers TD for TD in the third period, narrowing the lead to 35-21 before a Hobby quarterback sneak gave GE a 42-21 advantage and then to 42-28 on a pick six at the 3:22 mark of the period
But with Wrench’s wheels in the Blazer arsenal, it did not take long for GE answer. Less than a minute after the North score, the junior all-stater took it 72-yards to the house to re-establish a 21-point margin entering the final frame.
Junior cornerback Dustin Williams ended all hopes of an Eagle comeback with an interception on the following North drive. Hobby’s TD pass to Lang and Mitchell’s field goal would account for the final margin of victory.
Defensively, GE was led by Matt Plank who was a force from his middle linebacker position.
Head Coach Marvin Diener was pleased with how his team played on both sides of the ball.
“Most of the game, defensively we really did a nice job of not giving up anything really big that flipped the field or anything like that. Offensively—besides the face that Tre was incredible—was the fact that we were able to throw. They really stacked the box against us, forcing us to throw and Jared is very capable, said Diener.
Next up for the Blazers is home date with Olathe Northwest on October 26. Kickoff is set for 7:00