‘Hounds climb up district standings
SWEET SPRINGS — The Sweet Springs football team lost a key game against Class 1, District 5 leader Harrisburg two weeks ago, but since then has improved its seeding for the post-season tournament.
The Greyhounds got past visiting Westran on Friday, 14-12, to move into fifth place in the district, a surmountable 4.38 points behind South Callaway for a first-round home game.
“We were faced with adversity going into the game with two staring linemen unable to play,” noted Sweet Springs head coach Jeff Holtzman, “but were able to overcome that with great efforr and intensity.”
This contest was similar in score to a game Sweet Springs lost to the Hornets, 15-14, in the Class A Sectional 25 years ago. This time, the ‘Hounds led all the way, starting with senior Zapher Lea’s 65-yard bomb to senior Cole Lovercamp during the first quarter.
Lea struck again in the third period, finding senior Noah Fogarty with a 16-yard scoring strike. Both Lea and Fogarty would make impacts in other ways: Lea with two interceptions and Fogarty by making two extra-point kicks, accounting for the final scoring differential.
Senior Quinn Massey got Westran on the board with a 7-yard run, but Lovercamp blocked the conversion try. When the Hornets scored with two minutes remaining, but were forced to try to tie with two points and stopped by Sweet Springs.
Senior Derrick Merritt rushed for 147 yards and Massey had 127 for Westran (3-4). Lea completed three of five passes for 98 yards and junior Blake Schroeder made 13 tackles for the ‘Hounds (4-3).
Sweet Springs travels to Imperial, south of St. Louis, to hook up with Class 4 opponent Windsor — which will add bonus points to their district score regardless of outcome.
Tipton 50, Slater 31
SLATER — It isn’t that Slater isn’t scoring points that has caused it to lose six straight points, but its inability to stop opponents from putting up big numbers.
The Wildcats have allowed 206 points over the past four games, including Friday’s 50-31 West Central-East home loss to Tipton.
A 22-yard pass from senior Griffin Moore to junior Christian Audsley got Slater on the scoreboard first, but the Cardinals struck back with three straight touchdowns before sophomore Kenyon Minnis narrowed the deficit to 21-15 late in the third quarter.
Tipton put the game out of reach by reeling off three more TDs before the ‘Cats closed with a 3-yard run by junior Dustyn Simmons.
The Cardinals (2-4, 1-2 WCE) racked up 395 yards in offense against the Purple, which was led by senior Tyler Malin’s 106 rushing yards. Senior Ja’Korie Terrill caught six passes for 79 yards and made 10 tackles and an interception.
The Wildcats (0-6, 0-2) close out their league schedule Friday at Cole Camp.
Northwest 64, Santa Fe 16
HUGHSVILLE — Junior Issac Nieters threw for 151 yards and three touchdowns Fridat at Hughesville as Northwest-Sacred Heart smashed Santa Fe, 64-16.
The outcome was not in doubt after the Mustangs’ (4-3) dominating 40-0 first quarter. The Chiefs didn’t score until the final frame, which they began down 64-0.
Senior Owen Hostetter ran for 149 yards and a touchdown and junior Cole Hostetter scored Santa Fe’s other points on a fumble recovery.
The Chefs (3-4) go into Friday’s I-70 Conference clash at Norborne with a four-game losing streak.
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