Sims leads 'Hounds to I-70 win

Monday, October 9, 2017

SWEET SPRINGS -- Sophomore Hunter Sims had 327 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns Friday as the Sweet Springs football team snapped a four-game skid with a 37-20 I-70 Conference victory over visiting Lone Jack.

The first half was an even exchange of touchdowns, with the Greyhounds taking a 23-20 lead into the second half due to a 5-2 advantage in conversion points -- including a Sims catch for two-points.

Senior Zack Giffen gave Sweet Springs the lead early in the first quarter with a 43-yard pass to junior Nick Ortzian. The Mules got the first of three TD runs -- of 7, 9 and 1 yards -- from sophomore Caleb Jackson.

But all three scores by Lone Jack (1-7, 1-6 I-70) were merely attempts to catch up. Junior Marcus Barney broke off a 48-yard dash and Sims caught a 22-yard pass from Giffen to keep the 'Hounds in front.

Sweet Springs' defense blanked the Mules during the second half, with Sims scoring third-quarter touchdowns on a 19-yard reception and 18-yard run. For the game, Sims rushed for 151 yards, caught 75 yards in receptions and added 101 yards on kick returns -- along with getting in on 11 tackles on defense.

Giffen passed for 155 yards, Barney provided 93 yards on the ground and sophomore Jacob Hall made 12 tackles for the 'Hounds (3-5, 3-3) -- who close out the regular season Friday at Wellington-Napoleon.

Santa Fe 42, St. Paul 27

ALMA -- Senior Devin Breland rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns Friday to pace Santa Fe to its fifth straight win, a 42-27 I-70 Conference home decision over St. Paul.

The Saints (2-6, 2-5 I-70) took a nine-point lead into the late stages of the third quarter, senior Mark Allen running for the first one and passing for the next three -- two to senior Jose Alicea.

A run by freshman Jacob Montgomery put the Chiefs in the board in the first quarter and Breland bootlegged for the next two scores. Santa Fe went ahead on a run by junior Tanner Begemann and pulled away with a pair of scores from senior Jared Rieves.

Rieves provided 81 yards on the ground for the Chiefs (6-2, 5-2), who close the regular season with a long-distance non-conference game at Forsyth. Santa Fe is currently fourth in the Class 1, District 6 standings -- safely enough to secure home field for the first round on Oct. 20 -- but is only a negligible .25 points behind third-seeded Westran.

Windsor 53, Slater 12

WINDSOR -- Senior Carlton Fowler scored four first-half touchdowns Friday as Windsor won a 53-12 non-conference home contest against Slater.

Fowler ran for 54 yards, returned an interception the 100-yard length of the field and sprinted in from 59 yards out in the first quarter alone. After junior Malachi Cooper broke away on a 36-yard scoring run, Fowler banged the ball in from a yard out.

The Wildcats got on the board during the second period, senior Keshawn White -- returning to quarterback in place of injured freshman Keegan Zdubel -- hooked up with sophomore Aden Campbell for TD toss.

Senior Riley Ferguson scrambled 14 yards across the goal line to end the first half with the Greyhounds (6-2) holding a 41-6 lead.

Slater got a fourth-quarter score from junior Dustyn Case on a 1-yard run.

White carried the ball 26 times for 142 yards, but the 'Cats (2-6) were hurt by eight turnovers. They close the regular season at home Friday against Orrick, with a chance to climb to sixth place in District 6 with a convincing win against an improved Bearcat squad.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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