Paris uses 32-0 second half to beat 'Cats
SLATER -- The Slater football team led at halftime for the fifth time in even games this season Friday, but visiting Paris scored four unanswered second-half touchdowns for a 44-13 Lewis and Clark Conference win.
Senior Mat Curren put the Wildcats ahead with two touchdown runs, of 81 and 6 yards, and his extra-point kick was the difference at halftime, 13-12.
The Coyotes exploded after the break. It took barely over a minute before they pulled ahead of senior Zac Baladenski's 5-yard run. Junior quarterback Kyle Popkes hooked up with junior Slater Stone for a 51-yard bomb and the two connected again for 42 yards midway through the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Baladenski capped off Paris' scoring with a 2-yard plunge, polishing off a 202-yard rushing performance.
With senior quarterback Tyler Buglovsky, Slater lacked the aerial firepower to come back. It yielded five sacks and sophomore Laine Forrest picked off a pair of passes for the Coyotes (5-2, 2-1 L&C).
Curren had 108 yards on the ground for the 'Cats (0-7, 0-3), who play Friday at second-ranked Westran.
Crest Ridge 53, Sweet Springs 8
CENTERVIEW -- Senior Ethan Matthews threw two touchdown passes and ran for another six points Saturday as Crest Ridge remained on top of the I-70 Conference with a 53-8 home win over Sweet Springs.
Matthews carried the ball in from four yards out and the Cougars got 21-yard TD runs from sophomore Kolin Reynolds and junior Justin Donald for a 22-0 first-quarter lead. Sophomore Noah McCune caught three scoring strikes during the second period, a 4-yarder from freshman Jayson Burnap and tosses of 47 and 15 yards from Matthews.
Reynolds added 3-yard touchdown runs in the second and third frames.
The Greyhounds got on the board during the final two minutes on junior Trevor Phillips 3-yard pass to sophomore Mario Percell.
Crest Ridge (6-1, 6-0 I-70) will play at Concordia for the league title Friday.
Percell led Sweet Springs with five receptions for 68 yards. The 'Hounds (2-5, 1-4) play at home Friday against Lone Jack.
Santa Fe 36, Orrick 6
ALMA -- Santa Fe used a balanced attack to cruise to a 36-6 Homecoming win Friday over I-70 Conference foe Orrick.
Senior Alex Martinez and sophomores Ben Hinz and Gutherie Baldwin each ran for over 70 yards, the Chiefs accumulating 292 yards on the ground.
Martinez opened the scoring with runs of 22 and 15 yards and Hinz hit junior Ty Bell with a 6-yard TD pass in the first quarter. Junior Truman Sleeper had a 12-yard run and Hinz went in from eight yards out to increase Santa Fe's lead to 36-0 at halftime.
The Bearcats (0-7, 0-6 I-70) got their lone touchdown on a 43-yard pass in the third period.
Santa Fe (4-3, 3-3) will close out its league schedule at home Friday against St. Paul.
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