Bonner’s big three explodes in limited action as Braves hammer Washington to earn playoff bid

For the Bonner Springs football program Friday, there was not much to complain about in their 49-14 victory on the road against Washington.

First, the win puts the Braves back into the postseason.

Second, the Braves momentum on their now four-game winning streak continues.

Third, Jordan Jackson keeps on growing up as the sophomore quarterback.

Fourth, most of Bonner’s key contributors had short nights as the Braves put together a 42-0 halftime lead.

In limited action, Johnathan Jackson kept it going on the ground for Bonner Springs. He had 17 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

However, it was the passing game – particularly in plays that involved wideout Stevie Williams – that put the game away early.

Williams was the favorite target of the sophomore quarterback, who finished his outing 7-of-9 for 155 yards and three touchdown passes.

After a penalty wiped off a deep touchdown pass to Joseph Dooley, the Braves went right back to it. Williams’ 29-yard reception kept the Braves momentum going on a third-and-long play. Moments later, Williams 35-yard touchdown reception was the first score of the game.

On Bonner’s next drive, Williams struck again. His 28-yard touchdown reception extended the Braves lead to 14-0.

It was all downhill from there.

“Getting off to good starts has been our focus lately,” said Williams, who finished with four catches and 106 yards with those two touchdowns. “Coach has wanted us to jump all over them and tonight we did.”

Head coach Lucas Aslin turned to his running game to round out the dominate first half, which saw Bonner Springs outgain Washington by almost 300 yards.

After Jordan Jackson earned his third passing touchdown, the remaining four touchdowns for Bonner Springs came on the ground.

Johnathan Jackson’s three-yard touchdown extended the lead to 35-0. Backup running back Jared Knernschield, who also eclipsed 100 yards on the ground, scored from 20 yards out for the Braves final score of the first half.

A touchdown early in the second half pushed the score to 49-0.

The two bright spots on the night for Washington were DeAnte Ambler and Sai-Vone Love.

Ambler’s 77-yard touchdown gave Washington its first score the game. Ambler juked three different Brave defenders on the play. Love, meanwhile, displayed great passion on the field even in a 49-0 game and “stuck” some Bonner Springs players on offense when he was playing linebacker.

But the story of the night was Bonner Springs and its first half.

“We’ve gotten off to slow starts all year long,” Aslin said. “We can’t do that against teams in the postseason. We came out fast tonight and put them away.”

While the Braves are in and ready to go this postseason, there’s still unfinished business for the Braves.

If Bonner Springs defeats Lansing at home, they would win the district title and host a home game, something that could come in hand as the postseason starts.

That means for Aslin, there’s something to play and coach for.

“It’d be huge,” Aslin said. “Every week since districts began, we’ve wanted to finish the week 1-0. Next week is another test for us and playing time could be on the line.”

For the senior Williams, he’ll have one more chance to earn a postseason football victory before he leaves Bonner Springs.

“This is a great feeling,” Williams said. “We worked hard all summer and all season long to get here.”

Bonner Springs, now 5-3 on the season, takes on the 5-3 Lansing Lions at home next Friday night. Both teams are in the postseason, but the winner claims a district title.