No sweat this time: Braves sprint past Piper, 42-6
Bonner Springs’ high-octane offense, which is averaging 51 points per game, came out of the gate quickly, scoring on the first play of the game before slowing down in the first half of its 42-6 victory against Piper.
A 55-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Jackson to tight end Michael Amayo would be all the scoring the Braves (4-0) would need, but they didn’t stop there.
BSHS knew it was running that play as it has the first five plays of the game scripted out.
“We knew from the get-go that was going to be our first play,” Jackson said. “We didn’t expect Michael to be open, we expect it to be to the running back. He was wide open and he made a play. He was the first read.”
Piper (1-3) responded on its first drive that lasted 15 plays and nearly six minutes, but had its point-after attempt blocked.
The Pirates wouldn’t sniff the end zone the rest of the game, as the Braves defense didn’t allow the Pirates to drive the ball deep into BSHS territory again. BSHS had three fumble recoveries on the night.
On their second drive, the Braves offense stalled and was forced to punt. Piper muffed it and BSHS recovered on Piper’s 11-yard line. Five plays later, Jackson found running back Jared Knerschield for a three-yard score.
The Braves didn’t score again until their first drive of the second half — a 15-yard Trevon Mason run.
During the drive, on a first-and-10 from BSHS’s 49 yard-line, Jared Knernschield ran right and was met by a defender and driven out of bounds on a direct course for the Braves’ bench.
The bench fell over and they ran into manager, junior Mackenzie Jones, who didn’t see the players coming.
“I don’t remember it,” Jones said. “It was a blur.”
She hit her head and was checked out by the trainers, but didn’t show any signs of a concussion.
“That scared me more than anything else,” BSHS coach Lucas Aslin said. “She got hit hard.”
Mason finished with 66 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns.
Jackson led all players with 143 yards rushing on 11 touches, including an 83-yard touchdown run to put the finishing touches on the game. That would be the last series for the BSHS starters, as the second string came into gain some experience.
With the game well in hand and Piper driving, they had a fourth-and-one to start the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Kyle Dumler went through Piper’s center and guard and met 245-pound running back Colton Beebe, stopping him and throwing him back.
“I don’t think I’ve seen him play like that in my entire life,” Aslin said.
Dumler said he couldn’t see anything.
“It was just a mess in there,” he said. “We smashed through the gap and I ran into (Beebe). My face went into somebody’s chest.”
BSHS travels to Mill Valley next week in a battle of undefeated league contenders. The winner will be in control of the Kaw Valley League.
“We need to be physical, we need to run the football, we need to play hard-nosed defense,” Aslin said. “I don’t care who we play, that’s our method to win games. We can’t get away from that. They’re a good team. It’s going to be a battle.”
• Wide receiver Travis Dooley was named Homecoming King, while soccer’s Bailey Hightower was named Queen.
• Wide receiver Hayden Hoffine limped off the field with help early in the first quarter with a left knee injury. Hoffine was injured on the kickoff after the Braves’ first touchdown. His status is uncertain, as he will be evaluated next week.