Prep Grid Round-up/Concordia ends long hex against Chiefs
ALMA -- A 22-year spell was broken Friday when Concordia defeated I-70 Conference rival Santa Fe, 22-6.
The visiting Orioles hadn't won in the series since 1984, but got two touchdowns from junior Joey White -- on runs of 22 and 6 yards during the second half -- to end a 23-game losing streak against the Chiefs.
Senior Kyle Becker broke the ice with a 6-yard TD run during the second period, but that was after Santa Fe threatened when junior Kenzie Thorp's 53-yard run got it inside the 15-yard line -- only couldn't convert.
"They put great pressure on us" with the blitz, said Chiefs head coach David Stuckey. "We didn't execute."
Thorp completed only nine of 30 passes, although he scored Santa Fe's lone touchdown on a 1-yard plunge late in the game -- set up by a 39-yard run by senior B.J. Ford, a converted lineman.
Junior Jake Baldwin rushed 19 times for 100 yards to pace Concordia (3-2, 2-1 I-70), which gained 290 yards on the ground.
Sophomore Ben Catlett had nine tackles, a sack and an interception for the Chiefs (1-4, 1-2), who head to Windsor this week.
Wentworth 26, Slater 22
SLATER -- It took a while for Slater's revamped line-up to get accustomed to new roles, but after it did the performance improved Friday.
Unfortunately, that was after the Wildcats fell 20 points behind Wentworth Military Academy in the first quarter, eventually losing the non-conference home game, 26-22.
Freshman Christian Lewis-Smith scored on runs of 16 and 50 yards and junior Chris Doak sprinted 70 yards during the Dragons' first-period spree.
Slater began its comeback with junior Kyle Durham's 8-yard pass to junior Aric Falls in the final minute of the first half and tallied 14 points during the third quarter on runs of 4 and 30 yards by freshman Jeremy Fizer.
The deciding score wound up being a 35-yard pass by junior Scott Presta to freshman Alex Touissant during the second period. Lewis-Smith led Wentworth (1-4) with 115 rushing yards.
Durham threw for 284 yards, 117 to Falls, but was plagued by five interceptions as a newly-minted quarterback. Slater missed a final chance to pull out its first win when, after holding the Dragons to three and out, one of its young players touched a rolling punt -- allowing the visitors to recover the ball and run out the clock.
The 'Cats (0-5) return to Lewis and Clark Conference action Friday when they host ninth-ranked Marceline.
Braymer 16, Sweet Springs 0
SWEET SPRINGS -- Senior Eli Smith ran for 100 yards and a touchdown Friday during Braymer's 16-0 victory at Sweet Springs.
Smith's 16-yard dash in the third quarter gave the Bobcats (3-2) the lead, which was extended on the first play for the final frame on senior Quinn Brown's 31-yard touchdown pass to junior Kyle Kelley.
The Greyhounds, playing without junior quarterback Chris Dickinson, only managed 96 yards in total offense. However, they got inside Braymer's 30-yard line four times -- once dropping a pass within 10 yards of the end zone, losing an opportunity to take the lead in the first half.
"We had our chances," remarked Sweet Springs head coach Tim Smith. "Overall, I was pretty pleased with the way we played."
Senior Cole Thomas had 11 tackles, two of them sacks, junior James Deweese got in on nine stops and sophomore Nick McKeage came up with three sacks for the 'Hounds (3-2).
Sweet Springs returned to I-70 Conference play Friday at Crest Ridge.