Johnson posts big rushing night, Maize wins USD 266 throwdown

Maize and Maize South 0930 game
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 12:18 AM CDT
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MAIZE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Maize made the 3 mile trek Friday night to take on cross-town rival Maize South to try to defend their perfect start, and they did just that. The Eagles offense stayed on par with their season so far, winning 63-26.

Kansas State commit Avery Johnson was the story in this one, but it wasn’t his passing game stealing the show. He rushed for three touchdowns in the first half alone en route to 130 yards on the ground. He also threw for 130 yards with one touchdown and even hauled in a receiving touchdowns from his teammate Justin Stephens.

Maize South started off strong in this one, keeping up with the Eagles for the first drive. Sophomore QB Tate McNew started off with a bang with a deep ball to Sam Dresie for nearly 40 yards to set up the Mavericks in the red zone. McNew finished off the drive himself with a pass to Landen Gatto to get the Mavs on the board.

That was all for the Mavericks for a while, turning the ball over by way of fumble, which the Eagles took advantage of, going up 21-7. Maize would pour on a little more to which Maize South could only respond with a field goal, so this one went into half 35-10.

The Mavericks’ offense came to life a bit in the second half, McNew connecting with Dresie for his second passing touchdown of the game on the way to 16 second half points. But that wasn’t enough to make a difference against Maize’s offense as they posted 28 second half points themselves.

The Eagles now move to 5-0 on the year right alongside out #1 in class 5A Mill Valley. Maize South falls to 3-2 on the year but will look for a bounce back game in a week 6 good one against now 4-1 Goddard.