‘Hounds cruise into semifinals
SWEET SPRINGS - Sweet Springs head football coach Jeff Holtzman was expecting a fight during his second-seeded squad’s first-round contest in the Class 1, District 5 Tournament, but that didn’t materialized.
Junior Cole Lovercamp and senior Grant Knipmeyer each broke the century mark as the Greyhounds ran for 336 yards and held No. 7 seed Midway to 63 yards in total offense Friday during a 32-0 home win. The win sent Sweet Springs to the semifinals for the third year in a row.
“It was a great total team effort,” Holtzman remarked. “We have to improve upon ball security and … on maintaining our blocks, but overall it was a very dominating performance by our kids.
Lovercamp scored the ‘Hounds’ first three touchdowns, two in the first quarter on runs of 4 and 1 yards and again to open the final frame with a 10-yard dash. Sweet Springs tacked on two more scores with Knipmeyer’s 14-yard run and a 36-yard fumble return by senior Tyler Bernard.
The Vikings (2-6) completed only one pass in 13 attempts for a loss of one yard. Junior Keegan Brewer had an interception, Knipmeyer recovered a fumble and junior Matt Eckhoff came up with a sack for Sweet Springs.
The Greyhounds (5-2) will host the semifinal Friday against third-seeded University Academy of Kansas City. The teams met in the 2009 sectionals at the Kansas City Center field, with the Gryphons rolling to a 49-28 victory.
“We will face a very fast and athletic team,” Holtzman noted. “Our boys have had a great season so far and we hope to have a huge crowd to cheer them on.”
Concordia 42, Santa Fe 32
CONCORDIA - Santa Fe and long-time I-70 Conference rival Concordia engaged in an old-fashioned backyard brawl Friday in the first round of the 8-man, District 2 Tournament.
It was a game of runs, with the Chiefs scoring four straight first-half touchdowns for a 20-6 lead. However, the Orioles had the next five scored to take control en route to a 42-32 win.
Concordia got on the board first with a little razzle-dazzle, senior Troy Brandt throwing the ball back to junior quarterback Jake Tagtmeyer for 20 yards. Santa Fe got to work, taking the lead on junior Own Hostetter’ 34-yard sprint and a two-point run by senior Carter Wodrich.
Senior Hunter Ballenger broke a 22-yard touchdown run and senior Drew Schmidt snuck in from a yard out and fired a 50-yard strike to senior Lane Borchers for a 26-6 lead.
The Orioles closed the margin before halftime with Brandt’s 20-yard run, then came out of the break with three scores during the third period. Brandt caught TD passes of 10 and 20 yards from Tagtmeyer and then ran in from 25 yards out.
A 12-yard Brandt run gave Concordia a 16-point fourth-quarter lead. The Chiefs got a 7-yard touchdown run from Hostetter, but could pull no closer.
The Orioles (4-4) move into the semifinal round for a tilt Friday at top-seeded Southeast of Ludlow.
Hostetter rushed for 155 yards and Wodrich added 105 yards on the ground for Santa Fe, with Hostetter and Schmidt each collecting 12 tackles on defense. Wodrich had 10 tackles and an interception for the Chiefs (1-7).
SLATER - The season ended the way it began for Slater, watching from afar while idled by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wildcats (4-4) were shooting for their third straight playoff appearance with their first-round clash at Harrisburg in the Class 1, District 6 Tournament, but had to cancel - just like they did in August with the scheduled debut at home against Wellington-Napoleon.
By virtue of the forfeit, the third-seeded Bulldogs (7-3) advance to the semifinal round at No. 2 seed Westran, ranked 10th in the final Class 1 poll.
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