High School Sports

Class 5A championship preview

Blue valley vs. Bishop Carroll

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Welch Stadium, Emporia

Championships: Blue Valley 1991, 1998, 2003, 2006; Bishop Carroll, 1978

blue valley (11-1)

KC Turner W, 56-7

BV Southwest W,56-0

BV West W,49-8

Bishop Miege W,28-7

BV North W,39-7

BV Northwest W,52-21

St. Thomas Aquinas W,38-20

Pittsburg W,49-7

Gardner-Edgerton L,42-21

Playoffs

Bishop Miege W,35-34

Topeka Seaman W,45-14

Gardner-Edgerton W,45-42

carroll (10-2)

Wichita Heights L,21-0

Wichita South W,59-0

Wichita Southeast W,42-7

Wichita Northwest W,35-7

Wichita East W,52-12

Kapaun Mount Carmel W,41-3

Liberal W,42-13

Wichita West W,42-8

Hutchinson L,21-14

Playoffs

Great Bend W,49-13

McPherson W,30-22

Hutchinson W,21-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Blue Valley

LB Ian Allen 6-3 204 Sr.

WR Jacob McDermott 6-1 192 Sr.

RB Justin Fulks 6-0 170 Jr.

OL Kirk Harris 6-5 288 Sr.

QB Kyle Zimmerman 6-2 170 Jr.

Carroll

QB Tyler Nance 5-11 175 Sr.

DB Max Martinez 5-8 160 Sr.

DL Beau Bell 6-0 200 Sr.

LB Aaron Jackson 6-2 210 Sr.

RB Brandon Weber 5-11 180 Sr.

Notes

* In his first season as coach for Blue Valley, Eric Driskell also serves as the team's defensive coordinator. He led the team to its first Class 5A title game since 2006.

* Both Carroll and Blue Valley had to exact revenge after district championship game losses in order to make the title game. Carroll knocked off Hutchinson 21-0 in the 5A semifinals after losing 21-14 in Week 9. Blue Valley beat Gardner-Edgerton 45-42 in the semifinals after losing 42-21 in Week 9.

* Blue Valley will use a balanced attack. Zimmerman has completed 156 of 271 passes for 2,430 yards and 32 touchdowns, and Fulks has rushed for 1,703 yards and 10 touchdowns on 243 carries.

* Carroll's defense has held opponents to a touchdown or less seven times, and recorded four shut-outs. It is led by playmakers Bell (17 sacks, 89 tackles) and Jackson (96 tackles 4 sacks), (63 tackles, 4 interceptions).

* Blue Valley's defense is led by Allen (148 tackles, 3 sacks). He counts on defensive linemen Chris Daschke (88 tackles, 4.5 sacks) and Alex Newell (51 tackles 7 sacks) to keep pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

* Nance has 1,028 passing yards, 938 rushing yards and 27 total touchdowns for Carroll.

Blue Valley coach Eric Driskell

"I think we have confidence going into this game. We talk about this game being the best game we're going to play. We'll have to be prepared because this will be the best defense we've seen all year."

Carroll coach Alan Schuckman

"We don't look back. We look ahead. Our team is focused on Saturday. That (win against Hutchinson) wasn't the greatest game of the season. We see Saturday as being the greatest win of the season."

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