Huskies fall to the Saints, 28-13

The varsity football team was defeated by St. Thomas Aquinas, 28-13, in their first home game of the season.

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Junior Gavin Hoffman catches the ball in the air, in a game against Saint Thomas Aquinas, Sept. 9. (Photo by Lila Vancrum)

Saraphina Wambi, Writer

With Aquinas not only being last year’s 5A state champions, but also being the only team BVNW lost to last year, senior quarterback Connor White said going into this game, he knew this would be a challenging game.

“We call it kind of a revenge game, just because they’re the only team that beat us last [year],” White said. “They’re just a physical team. I mean, they run a different offense that’s hard to prepare for in just a week.”

The Huskies started their second game of the season off strong, with senior Chase Wernimont picking up the fumble with 11:54 remaining in the first quarter. 

However, the Saints got off to an early lead with a touchdown during the first quarter, making the score 7-0. 

Then with 4:35 left in the first quarter, the Huskies proceeded to tie up the score, with senior Grant Stubblefield scoring a touchdown for BVNW.

Minutes later, the Saints responded and scored their second touchdown of the night to make the score 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

“I thought we came out and we battled with [them],” head coach Clint Rider said. 

The Huskies persisted though, with junior Gavin Hoffman scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter, making the score 14-13 at the half.

The Saints then proceeded to score a touchdown making the score 21-13, with 6:49 left in the third quarter.

The Saints grew their lead with a final touchdown during the fourth quarter to make the score 28-13 at the end of the game.

Rider said that although he was proud of the team’s efforts, he thought the execution of plays needed to be better in order to beat a team that plays that physical of a game, such as Aquinas. 

“I think we did some good things, but ultimately we just didn’t make the plays we needed to,” Rider said. 

Rider also emphasized that he hopes the game was a learning point for the team moving forward this season. 

“I think there’s…a lot for us to learn as a team…[and] I think [this game] just highlights the things that we have to learn,” Rider said. 

Likewise, White said that while Aquinas is a very physical team with an offense that is hard to prepare for, he was proud of the team’s effort.

“They’re just a physical team…[but] I feel really [good] on how [my] team did,” White said.

Next week, the Huskies will take on Blue Valley High, Friday, Sept 16., at BVHS.