April 20, 2014

Trailblazers overcome Blue Valley North in 54-20 road victory

GEHS sophomore running back Traevohn Wrench was the leading rusher in the area last week. He rushed for 357 yards and 5 touchdowns in the Blazers 54-20 win versus Blue Valley North. Photo courtesy of Plank Photography

 Dave Switzer
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Sophomore running Traevohn Wrench rushed for 348 yards and five touchdowns to lead Gardner Edgerton to a 54-20 road victory over Blue Valley North on Sept. 9.
The Blazers had more than 600 yards of total offense in gaining their first win of the year.
GE scored on each of its six first half possession, getting an initial touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Jared Hobby to Conner Knorr at the 7:57 mark of the first period.
Moments later, the Blazers upped that lead to 14-0 on a 25-yard Wrench touchdown run.
Tim Seymour keyed the next GE drive, gaining 43 yards on a reverse to set up the scoring play-a 29-yard Wrench scamper to paydirt.
After North narrowed the lead to 21-7 with a touchdown on their next drive, the Blazers closed out the half with three scores to take a commanding 41-7 lead into intermission.
Wrench had the first of those three scoring plays on a three-yard carry before Hobby added the next two touchdowns on runs of four and eight yards.
Hobby also had some big pass completions on the team’s final drive of the half when they went into hurry-up mode to beat the clock.  The sophomore signal caller found both Seymour and Jamain Lang to move the chains on that drive.
“Jared Hobby had a real nice game from his quarterback spot.  I was really impressed with both Jared and the team as they controlled the clock in our hurry-up offense,” said GE coach Marvin Diener.
Hobby ended the game with 96 yards in the air and 41 on the ground in just four carries.
To begin the second half, the Mustangs scored two early touchdowns on a Blazer defense that despite giving some big plays, had held their opponents to just one first half score.
“For our defense to be good, they have to put out a maximum effort and play with an edge. In the early stages of the second half, they didn’t do that-but I was proud of how they recovered after those two touchdowns,” said Diener.
For the rest of the contest, the defensive unit battened down the hatches, shutting down the Mustang attack and getting two turnovers in the form of interceptions from Justin Long and Alex Winkler.
On the other side of the ball, the GE offense, after suffering a fumble on their first series of the third period, came roaring back to life, scoring touchdown on their next two drives.
The first of those two scores came on a 13-play drive and featured two fourth down pass completions from Hobby to Seymour and Ryan Goetzmann.  Wrench had the scoring play on that series on a five-yard run.
The super sophomore then put an exclamation point on his superlative night by taking it to the house on an electrifying 76-yard on the team’s first play from scrimmage on their next drive.  That put the Blazers up 54-20 entering the fourth quarter.
And that’s the way it would stay with both teams substituting liberally in that final stanza.
Some of GE’s second unit had a chance to shine with Marshall Wade, Dustin Williams, Michael Corrales, and Aaron Lakey having some impressive carries to wrap up the game.
Diener was very pleased with how his team responded after opening the season with a loss at East St. Louis.
“I’m very proud of our boys-this was a big win for us.  We did a real nice job in the passing game and our run blocking was excellent,” said the Blazer mentor.
That blocking crew was led by four seniors-fullback Clayton Dye and linemen Cayden White, Greg Hopper, and Mason Rodgers.
Next up for GE is their home opener and it is a huge game.  Bishop Miege currently ranked fourth in class 5A will make a visit to USD 231 Activities Complex for a 7 p.m. kick on Sept. 16.  should be an entertaining contest as both teams feature high-powered attacks.

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