Bonner routs Raiders
Bonner Springs put on an offensive show and senior quarterback Tyler Jock was the major star in the impressive performance.
The Braves exploded for more than 400 yards of total offense and rolled to a 57-12 rout over Immaculata on Friday night during the Braves homecoming game at David Jaynes Field in Bonner Springs.
Most of the starters came out of the game with 9:40 left to play in the fourth quarter and the score49-12.
Jock rushed for four touchdowns and passed for two more while leading the Braves to their best offensive game of the season.
"We wanted to go out with a boom going into district playoffs," Jock said.
The Braves moved to 5-1 overall and are tied for the Kaw Valley League lead with Pery-Lecompton and Lansing. Perry-Lecompton has one more district game that will likely decide the league title. If Perry-Lecompton wins the game, then Bonner, Lansing and Perry would all tie for the title. If Perry-Lecompton loses, then Lansing would win the title based on a head-to-head tiebreaker against Bonner .
Bonner opens district play against Sumner Academy at the Wyandotte High School Field.
"This is the best we have done in my four years and the best Bonner has done in a long, long time" Jock said. "This is a big thing for our school. We want to keep the fans coming back. I can't be more happy for my senior year."
Bonner Springs coach Lew Kasselman said one of the team goals for the year has now been reached.
Jock opened the scoring with his 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Walker early in the first quarter and added another 62-yard pass play to Walker in the third quarter that Walker caught about the line of scrimmage and danced around tacklers to score.
Jock did even more damage running the football. He scored on 29, 1, 42 and 75 yard runs. Jock racked up the six touchdowns combined rushing-passing total while collecting over 150 yards on the ground and going over 135 yards passing on the night.
And this is Jock's first season at quarterback, too. He played running back the three years before this one.
"This is why we put him in that position," Kasselman said. "He can score any time he gets his hand on the ball. We put some points up and it was good to score."
Jock was pleased with the whole offensive unit.
"The plays were called at the right times and the blocking was great," Jock said. "Jonathan and Jeremy (the Walker brothers) did a lot of the good blocking. L.T. (Lee) caught some that I just threw up there."
Lee helped give the Braves a touchdown right before halftime and increase the Bonner advantage to 28-12 while finally breaking away from the pesky Raiders that hung tough for 1 1/2 quarters despite being winless this season. Lee made catches of 38 and 33 yards before Jock dove over from one yard out as the first half ended.
"L.T. got himself under the passes," Jock said. "He came over and was there for both catches."
Kasselman said the team worked well to score before halftime ended after struggling with a lot of costly penalties before that.
"L.T. made great adjustments on the balls," Kasselman said. "The game was pretty ugly before that and we weren't happy. But that score did give us some momentum. We played even better in the second half and kept our composure better."
And, did they. Bonner outscored the Raiders 29-0 in the second half and the Braves starters were sitting for most of the fourth quarter when back-up quarterback Chris Smith tacked on a short TD run and ran for the two-point conversion in their final score.
Jonathan Walker, who had the big game against Mill Valley last week, also scampered 80 yards for the Braves only other TD, coming in the second quarter.
Football player Leo Sanchez was crowned Homecoming King while Kieara Williams was crowned Queen at the halftime show.
Bonner plays tonight against Sumner Academy.