Prep Grid Round-up ... Week 10: 'Hounds wrap up playoff spot
LINCOLN -- With a berth in the MSHSAA Class 1 football playoffs on the line Friday, Sweet Springs didn't mess around with winless Sacred Heart.
The Greyhounds scored on five of six first-half possessions for a 42-0 District 8 victory at Lincoln, the game moved from waterlogged Jenny Jaynes Stadium in Sedalia to an all-weather surface.
Sweet Springs didn't do any slipping and sliding on the artificial turf, unless it was slipping tackler and sliding across the goal line. A seven-play game-opening drive ended on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior Zach Thomas, returned to action after sitting out three games with an injury.
Senior quarterback Billy Martin had a career-long 80-yard run on an option keeper and senior Tyler Armstrong added a pair of long-distance breakaways, of 33 and 44 runs, during the first half.
A 5-yard run by senior Tyler Dohrman put the 'Hounds in firm control at halftime, 35-0. Senior lineman Robb DeWeese had his chance to score, on a 2-yard plunge, during the third period.
The Gremlins (0-9, 0-3 District 8) got 77 rushing yards from sophomore Zach Dover. However, they were sacked three times, twice by senior Nick Peeples.
Sweet Springs racked up 406 yards on the ground, including 110 for Martin and 95 yards from Dohrman.
"We came out an ran the ball pretty well," remarked 'Hounds head coach Tim Smith. "We did what we needed to do. Now it's time to move on."
Sweet Springs (5-5, 2-1) will take on a talented club from University Academy, Wednesday at Kansas City, in its second straight regional appearance.
Salisbury 30, Slater 0
SALISBURY -- Friday's Lewis and Clark Conference game at Salisbury would make no difference in either the league or Class 1, District 9 standings, but Slater played as though it meant something.
The Wildcats forced three turnovers and didn't let the game get away from them until late in the third quarter, but finished up winless in the conference due to a 30-0 loss.
Senior tailback Matt Koenig ran for 191 yards and all four Panther touchdowns. He scored from three yards out to cap Salisbury's game-opening drive, but it was his 15-yard run into the end zone with six seconds left in the first half which ruined the Purple's strong first-half effort.
Koenig scored on runs of 2 and 22 yards during the third period to polish off the win for the Panthers (7-3, 4-1 L&C, 3-0 District 9), who host Concordia in Wednesday's regional contest.
Slater senior Cody Skinner, moved to the slot because a shoulder injury limited his passing ability at quarterback, caught three passes for 20 yards and returned an interception 65 yards.
The 'Cats (2-8, 0-5, 0-3) finished winless in the league for the second year in a row, having lost 10 straight and 19 of the last 20 games in the L&C.
St. Paul 44, Santa Fe 8
ALMA -- St. Paul won the rematch against Santa Fe, 44-8, in the second annual Irrelevant Bowl, Friday at Alma.
The two Class 1, District 10 playoff spots had already been decided before Thursday, when Wellington-Napoleon beat Concordia, 14-0, for the title, and the only effect on league play was to send the Chiefs into a tie with Crest Ridge in the bottom of the I-70 Conference standings.
Senior Tyler Mattlin got the Saints off to a good start with a 39-yard touchdown run, but Santa Fe tied it when junior Ross Tieman found sophomore Cody Schmidt for a 10-yard pass.
St. Paul scored three unanswered touchdowns before halftime, the first on a 44-yard sprint by junior Lennel Barksdale and the next two on runs of 14 and 2 yards by senior quarterback Jordan Bredehoeft.
Bredehoeft connected with junior Brandon Haake for an 11-yard TD pass during the third period and Barksdale broke off a 73-yard during the final frame for the Saints (2-8, 2-5 I-70, 1-2 District 10).
Since its 2004 state semifinal loss, Santa Fe (2-8, 1-6, 0-3) has not had a winning season, with a cumulative 13-36 record overall and no more than two conference wins in five years.