RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Year

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: December 6, 2010 - 9:05 PM


Blue Valley 45, Gardner-Edgerton 42

This Kansas Class 5A semifinal game pitted the top two 5A teams from the Kansas side of the Metro. The teams met in the final game of the regular season with the Trailblazers earning an impressive 42-21 win.

This game was supposed to be the last test for Gardner-Edgerton and star quarterback Bubba Starling before they earned a probable rematch with defending champion Hutchinson. The Trailblazers looked like an unstoppable force outscoring its first two playoff opponents 124-0. Blue Valley would be a test, but a win was expected.

This is why they play the games. The Tigers gave up an opening-play 79-yard touchdown run to Starling but scored the next 14 points to put the Trailblazers behind for the first time. The lead would go from seven to as many as 17 but Gardner-Edgerton would cut it to 38-35 late in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Zimmerman hit Jacob McDermott with a 49-yard touchdown strike with 2:54 left to extend the lead to 45-35. The Trailblazers would score on more time, but they couldn’t get the ball back and Blue Valley ran out the clock. The Tigers would win the state title the next week.

Shawnee Mission Northwest 14, Shawnee Mission West 10

The Cougars qualified for the playoffs with a 5-4 record winning their last three games to win their district. The Vikings were 7-2 and even though they were the district runner-up, they were the favorite.

Northwest played great defense and but was trailing 10-0 in the second half when West attempted a field goal to extend its lead. The Cougars Drue White blocked the kick and picked it up and began to run. As he was being tackled he tossed it to teammate Kenny Mings who ran it the final 55 yards to give Northwest its first score of the game.

The Cougars would go on to score another touchdown and win the game in one of the bigger upsets of the Kansas 6A playoffs.

Lansing 35, Piper 34

The Kaw Valley League had a lot of good teams and good games to go with those teams. Lansing had one of the better regular seasons in the Metro with an 8-1 campaign. Piper finished the regular season 5-4 but the Pirates were a part of several tight games.

These teams hooked up in week No. 4 in a game that had everything. The Lions first touchdown came on a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown. The teams would trade scores including an 86-yard kickoff return by Piper to make the game at 14-13 at the start of the third quarter.

The teams each made big plays in the second half and Lansing had a chance to win it at the end of regulation when a field goal went wide right. Each team would score in the first overtime and second overtime. Piper tried to go for the win with a two-point try in the second OT, but Lansing held tight and won the game.


Lawson 27, St. Pius X 21

St. Pius traveled to Lawson to take on the Cardinals in what was considered to be the premiere match-up of small class schools in the Northland, and it definitely lived up to the billing. It all came down to the last play of the game.

It was also a tale of two halves, as it was all Lawson in the first half, building a 27-7 lead behind the arm and legs of junior quarterback Garrison Green.

The game all boiled down to the final 30 seconds of the game, when it was fourth and 10 at the 47 yard line for the Warriors and they were able to pick up the first down. With 0:11.1 on the clock The Warriors got the ball to the 10-yard line, and after an errant pass out of the back of the end zone the clock read 0:01.1. Grant Gavin thought he had found Davis Waldschmidt at the goal line, but a great defensive play by Lawson's Jordan Akers would pop the ball out and the Cardinals were able to preserve the victory.


Rockhurst 7, Blue Springs 6

It was the first week of the regular season and the two Missouri Class 6 powerhouses hooked up in a rematch of the quarterfinal from 2009 that Blue Springs won 23-21 on the last play of the game.


The Wildcats would move the ball up and down the field, but the Rockhurst defense would hold tight all game long. Rockhurst would grab three interceptions that kept the Wildcats out of the end zone including one late in the second half in the end zone on a halfback pass from Darrian Miller.


Blue Springs early missed extra point would be the difference as the Rockhurst defense was stellar throughout the game. A Rockhurst team that looked lucky in Week No. 1 turned out to be one of the best Rockhurst teams in recent memory. The Hawklets would go undefeated and win the Class 6 title.


Richmond 21, John Burroughs 20

The Spartans were looking to win their first state title since 1971 and it wasn’t going well. Richmond was trailing 17-0 at half and it looked like they were going to be blown out.


The Spartans found something at halftime and even though the lead would become 20-7 Richmond was still in the game. A touchdown right before the end of the third quarter made it 20-14 and Richmond was very much a part of the game.


The Spartans would get the ball back with just over four minutes left in their own end of the field. Quarterback Colby Bowles would march his team slowly but surely into Burroughs territory and with 16 seconds left he found fellow senior Kane Southwick at the 2-yard line. Southwick then fought off two defenders and dove for the goal-line. Southwick got the ball just over the line and Richmond had tied the game. An extra-point gave the Spartans the lead and the win as Richmond won the Class 3 state title and finished the season undefeated.