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Driskell, Boehm Regions: Elite Eight

By Chad Rader, 810 Varsity, 04/06/20, 2:15PM CDT

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DRISKELL REGION

About Eric Driskell:
Driskell was a graduate of Blue Valley, and returned to coach his alma mater in 2010. Driskell won the Kansas Class 5A state championship in his first season as head coach. He also won the state title in 2013, as well as three other state runner-ups, including the last two Class 6A title games in 2015 and 2016. Overall, Blue Valley amassed a 71-18 record and five title game appearances in the seven seasons under Driskell.
Driskell sadly passed away at 43, due to a brain aneurysm  in 2017. 

5. Blue Valley (2010) vs 7. Mill Valley (2016)

Blue Valley – 2010
Record: 12-1
Kansas Class 5A State Champions

Eric Driskell squelched any concerns of replacing Steve Rampy as head coach, simply winning the state title in his first year. It wasn’t until Week 6 before an opponent scored double digits. Meanwhile, QB Kyle Zimmerman and RB Justin Fulks helped lead the offense. BV avenged its lone loss during the season to Gardner-Edgerton, by beating Bubba Starling and the Blazers in a 45-42 semifinal classic before BV’s 35-14 win over Bishop Carroll in the championship game.

Mill Valley - 2016
Record: 9-4
Kansas Class 5A State Champions

QB Brody Flaming took the reins and threw for 2,700 yards and 33 TDs, along with 1,297 rushing. Cameron Young also rushed for 1,546, as the Jags endured a four-game swoon to Blue Valley, Aquinas, BV North and Miege, then won out, including a 1-point win over Aquinas and the 35-34 2OT thriller vs Goddard for the title.

BOEHM REGION

About Royce Boehm:
Boehm started the Lee's Summit West football program from the ground up, and simply won, won, won. From 2004-2015, Boehm compiled a 118-36 record, and won three Missouri state titles (Class 4 - 2007; Class 5 - 2010, 2013). 

1. Aquinas (2018) vs 2. LS West (2013)

St. Thomas Aquinas - 2018
Record: 12-0
Kansas Class 5A State Champions

The Saints scored 40+ in 9 of its 12 games, led by sophomore Tank Young (2,075 yards, 26 TDs in 10 games) and a ridiculous line in five-star recruit sophomore Jaeden Roberts and Oklahoma State commit Joe Michalski. Coach Randy Dreiling led the Saints to their first state title in school history.

Lee’s Summit West – 2013
Record: 13-1
Missouri Class 5 State Champions

The Titans scored 35+ and won by 14+ in all but one game. The lone loss was to the undefeated Class 6 juggernaut Blue Springs, in a 42-35 classic. LS West rolled through the playoffs by an average score of 49-10. QB Thomas Ganaden (2,576 yards, 27 TDs to 6 INTs) enjoyed throwing to Taylor Award winner and future MLB’er Monte Harrison (1,007 yards, 13 TDs). Future Mizzou Tigers RB Ryan Williams and DB Logan Cheadle also helped lead the charge for Royce Boehm’s third title at West.

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