September 30, 2017
Left: St. James senior running back Jack Petz receives a hug from linebacker Cole Barrett (24) after scoring five touchdowns in the Thunder's 35-28 win over Blue Valley on Friday. Right: St. James seniors Mary Goetz, left, and Jack Farnsworth, right, pose for photos after respectively being crowned as the homecoming queen and king. Farnsworth, who has Down syndrome, is the twin brother of Thunder defensive tackle Nick Farnsworth.
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As the St. James Academy football team entered a premier Eastern Kansas League matchup against Blue Valley on Friday night at Bishop Miege, the Thunder faithful were hopeful that a win against the Tigers would be in the cards to kick off their homecoming weekend. St. James played a strong hand with a pair of Jacks, and Blue Valley couldn't beat it. Senior running back Jack Petz scored a career-high five touchdowns, and Jack Farnsworth — who has Down syndrome and is the twin brother of St. James defensive tackle Nick Farnsworth — was crowned homecoming king as the Thunder jolted the Tigers, 35-28, to remain undefeated at 5-0.