St. James falls to Aquinas in sectional playoffs
Olathe The St. James Academy football team saw its season come to a somber conclusion on Friday evening, falling to No. 4 St. Thomas Thomas Aquinas 42-7 in the Class 5A sectional playoffs at the College Boulevard Activity Center.
“It was a great job,” St. James coach Tom Radke said of his team’s season. “The seniors did a great job of leading us all season, and tonight we kind of ran into a buzzsaw. We couldn’t get the ball moving offensively, and we put our defense in bad situations. They can move the ball, and we didn’t convert offensively early on, so that hurt us."
The Thunder (9-2) had trouble getting into a rhythm offensively and failed to slow down Aquinas’ powerful rushing attack on defense. The Saints (9-2) rushed for 274 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry on their way to the convincing victory. The Saints will face off against No. 1 Mill Valley (10-1) in the sub-state playoffs next week.
“They’re really healthy right now, and they’ve got guys on the edges that can get out and make some plays,” Radke said. “They can run up the middle, they’re huge up front, and their tight end [Zac Storm] is a stud, so they ran behind him a lot. They’ve got a good offense.”
On the other side of the ball, Aquinas was able to shut down St. James’ offense, holding the Thunder to just 94 total yards. St. James was without all-purpose threat Dylan Streeter, who missed the game with a concussion. Streeter was a key player for the Thunder this season, racking up more than 1,100 total yards and 12 touchdowns.
Running back Jack Petz, another a key contributor to the Thunder’s ground game, did not play either.
“We don’t have much left after those two are out,” Radke said. “It’s disappointing that they couldn’t play, but other guys fought hard tonight.”
Aquinas got the scoring started with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter as James Cosentino found paydirt from seven yards out. Less than three minutes later, the Saints found the end zone again, this time on a 21-yard keeper by quarterback Karter Odermann.
Aquinas kept its momentum going early in the second quarter when Cosentino scored on a five-yard run. On the ensuing possession, St. James fumbled the ball away, and Cosentino made the pay immediately with a 31-yard scoring jaunt on the very next play. That gave the Saints a commanding 28-0 lead with 8:36 to play before halftime.
The Thunder fumbled once again on its next possession, and Odermann capitalized with a 14-yard touchdown run. Later in the quarter, Odermann took to the air, connecting with Matt Malir on a 24-yard touchdown pass to give Aquinas the 42-0 halftime advantage.
St. James’ lone touchdown came on a two-yard run by Jake Burgmeier with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter.
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