Carroll, Northwest play to 151 points in playoff sectional
The boys basketball team has scored as many points twice in the past six seasons.
Wichita Northwest beat Bishop Carroll 84-67 on Friday in the sectional round of the Kansas state playoffs. It was the most points scored in school history.
Friday was a field day for historical junkies and stat chasers.
Bishop Carroll hadn’t allowed more than 70 points since before 2004. The game’s 151 points were among the most in Kansas Class 5A playoff history. Northwest’s Reagan Jones set the school record with 28 passing touchdowns in a season. The game averaged more than three points per minute.
And All-American running back Breece Hall forgot how many touchdowns he scored.
“I forgot after four,” he said.
Hall finished with six touchdowns, 366 yards on 32 carries. The Grizzlies ran for 690 yards as a team and put up 803 total.
Northwest had three 100-yard rushers, including Hall, senior running back Roy Johnson who had 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns and junior quarterback Reagan Jones who ran for 200 and a trio of scores.
Northwest coach Steve Martin said he knew Friday was in for four quarters of points at halftime.
“I told our offense, ‘You guys will have to score 70 to win,’ “ Martin said.
Northwest needed 68 and got 16 more. Hall said when he heard his coach tell him his unit needed to score 70, he wasn’t fazed. He was confident.
“I told coach, ‘Give me the ball and put it on my back,’ ” Hall said. “He gave me the ball almost every carry in the fourth quarter. I took it upon myself to get my team the win.”
The temperature at kickoff was near freezing, and by the fourth quarter, it dipped into the low 20s with a wind chill as low as 12 degrees. That had an impact on the final score.
Both defenses were slow to react at times, missed assignments and went in with arm tackles. That meant Hall and any other ball-carrier just needed to hit the hole hard and there was a chance of breaking it. Hall was the most likely candidate.
“Breece ran hard tonight,” Martin said. “There was no tip-toeing dancing like in Game 1. He ran like an All-American tonight.”
The fireworks never stopped. Carroll’s passing attack was wild all night starting with third-string sophomore quarterback Aiden Niedens, who threw for seven touchdowns. Martin said he told Carroll coach Dusty Trail he has something special.
“He is going to be a nightmare the next two years,” Martin said. “I’m not going to sleep after this season is over, having to think about playing him Game 1 next year if he’s their starter.”
But the Northwest offense was on another level Friday. The Grizzlies scored from all angles and all distances on the field with touchdowns of 41, 44, 46 and 49.
The 151 points were 106 more than the City League rivals scored combined in Week 1, a 23-22 win for Northwest that still left the Grizzlies with a sour taste in their mouths.
Martin said he didn’t do a good job in the first meeting and was motivated to make a statement in the state sectional Friday. And his Grizzlies did.
With the win, Northwest (11-0) will move on to host No. 2 Maize (10-1) in the Class 5A semifinals Friday. The Grizzlies will come in with the most potent offense in Kansas, and the Eagles will enter with one of the most notorious defenses in the state.
Right now the Grizzlies are clicking on all cylinders offensively. Hall said that’s a dangerous thing for anyone.
“When we get rolling with our tempo, you have to line up and get smacked,” Martin said. “And then line up as fast as you can and get smacked again.”