By Dave Switzter
Special to The Gardner News
Getting quite a challenge in the process, Gardner Edgerton opened district play with a 50-33 victory over Pittsburg on senior night at USD 231 district stadium on Oct. 14.
The Purple Dragons have been sort of a whipping boy for the Blazers in the past several years, with blowouts being the norm.
But this Pitt team didn’t resemble those past clubs-especially offensively-and came into the game 5-1, champions of their league and receiving votes in some state-wide polls.
“They are a good team who made some outstanding plays,” said head coach Marvin Diener about his opponent.
GE was able to get off to a great start-scoring two TDs in the opening stanza, both from standout running back Traevohn Wrench.
The sensational sophomore finished the game with four scores and 150 yards on the ground, adding to his already impressive total in both of those areas.
The Purple Dragons were able to match the Blazers touchdown for touchdown the rest of the game, outscoring the home-standing club 14-7 in the second quarter to cut the lead to 21-14 at the break. Quarterback Jared Hobby had the Blazer touchdown.
To begin the second half, Pitt would have possession with a real chance to tie the game.
GE then stepped it up-both defensively and on special teams to put the game away.
The defensive unit forced three-and-outs on the Dragons first two possessions of the half.
Each subsequent punt was blocked- the first by Jerrad McDermott who scooped up the pigskin to score.
After the second block, Hobby hit senior wideout Ryan Goetzmann on a 19-yard pass in the end zone.
The sophomore signal caller had quite a game, throwing for over 100 yards with the one scoring strike and rushing for two TD’s as well.
His pass to Goetzmann put his team comfortably in front at 36-14 midway through the third period
Both teams offenses kept cranking out TDs to account for the 50-33 final.
“We’re happy with the win. There’s no such thing as being disappointed with one of these wins. We got their very best shot,” said Diener about his team’s fourth consecutive triumph.
Now 5-2 on the year, the Blazers next contest will be a big one when they invade arch-rival Aqiunas for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 21.
Win that game and GE is automatically assured of a playoff berth.