Week Nine in Kansas City brings the final week of the regular season in Missouri, while District play continued in Kansas. Scout breaks down some of the biggest games in the metro.
Blue Valley Northwest moved to 2-0 in 6A District 3 and 6-2 overall with a win Friday night over Olathe East. Again led by surging running back Miles Alexander, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior raced for 142 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries, including a 77-yard sprint to the end zone. Alexander has rushed for 1,264 yards this season, eclipsing the 100-yard mark seven times in his first year as a starter. Senior receiver Jaqwan Stone had five receptions for 164 yards and two TDs, one for 56 yards and the other for 81, as the Huskies stop the Hawks 31-21.
Perennial Kansas 6A power Olathe North traveled to Eastern Kansas League champion Gardner Edgerton for a huge matchup in District 4. The 6-1 Blazers have proven to be one of the most explosive offenses in The Sunflower State, averaging over 41 points per game, led by four-star prospect and Kansas commit Traevohn Wrench. The Eagles defense contained Wrench most of the night, holding him to just 73 yards on 26 carries, but he had a key reception that he took 58 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. 2015 TE Josh Moore had three catches for 78 yards for North, but it wasn’t enough, as Gardner comes from behind to win 29-26 on a 70-yard TD pass from Jared Hobby to Jaylon Radel.
Blue Springs South traveled to Liberty to take on the Blue Jays in the last week of the regular season. Liberty entered this game at 6-2, the Jaguars 4-4, looking to build some momentum heading into the postseason. 2015 QB A.J. Cambric had one of his biggest games of the season, completing almost 54% of his passes for 230 yards and two TDs, but he also had a pair of interceptions for Liberty. South’s Chris Swingle outdueled Cambric, completing 57% of his throws for 323 yards and two TDs. Senior receiver Brandin Dandridge snagged 8 of Swingle’s passes for 212 yards and two scores. Missouri commit Kendall Blanton had two catches for 24 yards, as the Jaguars pull the upset on the road, downing Liberty 35-23.
In the week’s marquee matchup on the Missouri side of the metro, the Wildcats welcomed Lee’s Summit to Blue Springs. Four-star QB Drew Lock was harassed throughout the game by the Wildcats defensive line, led by Kansas State commit Elijah Lee. Lee tallied six tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack of Lock. 2015 twin terrors Carlos Davis and Khalil Davis were everywhere for Blue Springs. Khalil tied for the team lead in tackles with eight, while Carlos chipped in with six stops, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a sack. K-State pledge Dalvin Warmack led the way with 122 rushing yards and three TDs, as Blue Springs rolls, 49-7.
Winnetonka visited Kearney in the season’s final week, and it was more of the same, as the Bulldogs’ Brock Broughton continued to rack up huge numbers. On the ground, the senior running back had 173 yards and three TDs. All told, Broughton has 1,582 yards and 26 TDs rushing, along with 26 catches for 497 yards and four TDs receiving through the regular season. Kearney moves to 8-1 on the year, downing Winnetonka 27-6.