Season ending win provides momentum for next football season
Rallying from a 9-0 first half deficit, the Gardner Edgerton High School Blazer football team turned back visiting Olathe South High School 12-9 in a rain drenched season finale for both squads last Friday night at GEHS.
Trailing 9-0, the Blazers went to work in the third quarter. GEHS quarterback Griffin Johns engineered a long opening drive culminating with his nine-yard touchdown run with less than eight minutes left of the third quarter. The point-after failed, but the TD seemed to provide spark for a much needed win.
From there, the Blazer defense took control, stopping consecutive drives and giving the offense solid field position.
Midway through the fourth quarter, GEHS executed its game winning drive. Johns found Zach Bass on a long pass that set up the winning score.
With a little more than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Hunter Skeens scored on a six-yard carry to give GEHS its second victory of the season.
Johns had a big night, connecting on eight of 16 passes for 156 yards and rushing for a nine-yard third quarter touchdown run. He added another 32 yards on the ground.
Skeens concluded his junior season with 60 yards on 15 totes and scored the game winner. Keegan Michaud added 15 yards on six carries.
Johns’ favorite target, Bass, hauled in six catches for a game high 116 yards. Michael caught two passes for 40 yards.
Top defensive play came from linebackers Austin Bond, Jonas Pippitt, Connor Boyt, and Tyler Henry and defensive backs Jared Highfill, Michael Kittleson, Kolbee Finnell and Bass. The group shut down South in the second half and provided momentum for the GEHS comeback effort.
With the win, GEHS ends its season with a 2-7 record and gains momentum for next season.