Prep Grid Round-up/'Hounds put kibosh on losing streak
FAYETTE -- Sweet Springs needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday to snap a five-game losing streak, beating the team which ended its previous season on a sour note.
"It's almost like playing a triple-overtime basketball game," remarked first-year Greyhounds head coach Tim Smith -- the veteran hoops boss -- following a 32-28 non-conference decision at Fayette. "If they're all like this, I don't know if I can stand it."
Smith can probably survive the suffering if it ends up as sweetly. Sweet Springs came from behind and pulled ahead on senior Ronnie Hunter's touchdown runs of 6 and 3 yards during the final period, the latter set up by senior Travis Hinck's 21-yard punt return.
The 'Hounds had the game's first two TDs, too, senior Chris Dickinson plunging for a yard and passing 35 yards to fleet sophomore Ethan Smith during the second period.
However, the Falcons rallied for four scores during a 10-minute stretch -- the first coming when senior Damian Shifflett went in from 5 yards out with only seven seconds remaining before halftime.
Junior Miles Westhues connected with junior Jeremy Dawson for 25 yards and had a 6-yard touchdown run to give Fayette its first lead. Dickinson hooked up with Hinck for 38 yards to put Sweet Springs back in front, but it only lasted 13 seconds -- long enough for sophomore Ryan Sherman to return a kickoff 73 yards.
That was it for the Falcons (0-1), shut out during the final frame. Dickinson threw for 107 yards and rushed for 82 while leading the 'Hounds (1-0) in tackles with nine.
"I thought we showed a lot of character on the road," said Smith, whose home opener is Friday against I-70 Conference rival Windsor. "We kept our poise."
Braymer 41, Santa Fe 6
ALMA -- For a young team which needed a good start, things couldn't have gone much worse Friday for Santa Fe.
Junior quarterback Kenzie Thorp, who directed the Chiefs' spread option offense last year, was knocked out of the game with a sprained ankle on the second play from scrimmage. Braymer went on to dominate the home team, 41-6, for a non-conference win -- out-gaining Santa Fe 278 to 124 yards and controlling the ball with 63 plays to 39.
Senior Quinn Brown ran for three touchdowns and senior Eli Smith rushed for 90 yards and two scores for the Bobcats (1-0), who also got field goals of 35 and 40 yards from senior Tyler Phillips.
The Chiefs' lone score came late in the first half, when sophomore Darin Buford -- who also would be injured before it was over -- punched the ball in from a yard away following his 33-yard dash. Braymer answered with 11 points during the final 2:30 of the period.
Santa Fe (0-1) goes on the road Friday to play an early-season nemesis at Tipton, which has won the last three meetings.
Hogan Prep 47, Slater 6
SLATER -- A powerful Hogan Prep team from Kansas City had a field day in the country Friday by rolling over injury-riddled Slater for a 47-6 non-conference victory.
The Rams, ranked seventh in Class 2, ran for 286 yards and four touchdowns -- including 117 yards and two scores by senior Devin Ray.
Little went right for the Wildcats, who came in with both cornerbacks injured and piled up more wounds -- including to all-conference senior lineman Dewayne Lewis. Slater turned the ball over six times, among them a missed pitch on its second snap to give Hogan the ball only 22 yards away from the goal line.
The second half started with a muffed kick return at the 'Cats' 2-yard line, resulting in a safety on the next play. Midway through the fourth quarter, a Slater swing pass was fumbled into the end zone, recovered by junior Ricardo Broils for the Rams (1-0).
The 'Cats' only score was on senior Marco Falls' 10-yard pass to junior Aric Falls with 1:15 left in the game. Slater (0-1) begins Lewis and Clark Conference play Friday at Paris.