'Hounds keep I-70 title hopes alive
SWEET SPRINGS -- An improving Santa Fe football team headed to Sweet Springs hoping to play spoiler to one of the I-70 Conference's title contenders, but those dreams were dashed early during a 56-6 loss.
The Greyhounds compiled 546 yards on offense, 411 yards on the ground, and didn't allow a point until the fourth quarter while getting a pair of touchdowns in each quarter to build a 40-0 lead. Junior Grant Knipmeyer led the attack with 207 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries.
Knipmeyer gained yardage in chunks, including a 38-yard TD run to get festivities going for Sweet Springs, which added a 14-yard run by senior Jacob Hall for its second score of the first quarter.
Sophomore Cole Lovercamp took the second-quarter scoring honors with runs of 38 and 23 yards. The 'Hounds added to their 26-0 halftime lead with a 2-yard Knipmeyer plunge and 10-yard Hall rumble during the third frame.
The Chiefs finally got on the board early in the fourth quarter as sophomore Parker Tieman caught a 10-yard pass from senior Dakota Boehmer. However, Knipmeyer answered ... twice, with an 18-yard run and 81-yard sprint.
Tieman also caught a 40-yard pass, making him the leading yard-gainer for Santa Fe (2-4, 2-3 I-70) -- which travels to top-ranked Lincoln on Friday.
Lovercamp and junior Anthony Love each had interceptions, while freshman Blake Schroeder got in on a pair of sacks, for Sweet Springs (4-2, 3-0).
The 'Hounds head to Crest Ridge on Friday for a showdown between the league's two remaining unbeaten teams.
Slater 24, Lone Jack 0
LONE JACK -- Slater had been stewing for a year about losing a fourth-quarter lead at Lone Jack, and made sure that wouldn't happen again Friday with its third shutout of the season for a 24-0 victory.
Whether the Wildcats would have a lead to lose, or preserve, wasn't a sure thing in the early going. A sloppy field slowed down their speedsters and they were blanked until freshman Juan Valdes Garcia kicked a 24-yard field goal during the second quarter.
Slater got another seven points before halftime on senior Chandler Zdybel's 11-yard run. A turnover spoiled a chance during the third period, but the 'Cats provided themselves some comfort down the stretch with a 45-yard touchdown pass from junior Keegan Zdybel to senior Aden Campbell and a 29-yard Zdybel bootleg.
Senior Caleb Jackson rushed for 45 yards to pace the Mules (1-5), who were limited to 139 yards of total offense.
Keegan Zdybel accounted for 229 offensive yards, 124 rushing, while Chandler Zdybel ran for 91 yards and contributed 11 tackles on defense.
The 'Cats (6-0) currently lead the Class 1, District 5 standings, but may see their stiffest challenge thus far Friday when they host also-undefeated Lighthouse Christian Academy, a Springfield home-school squad.
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