Prep Grid Round-up: 'Cats, 'Hounds off to 2-0 starts
SLATER -- The Slater football team's ability to strike quickly with big plays was qn anathema to Braymer's steadier approach, the Wildcats building a 20-point halftime lead Friday en route to a 28-18 non-conference home win.
Junior Marco Falls once more led the way for the Purple, starting with a 63-yard touchdown pass to senior Nolan Townsend in the first quarter. Falls connected with sophomore Eric Falls for 30 yards and Townsend again for 12 for a pair of second-period scores.
The Bobcats moved the ball, racking up 140 rushing yards and 10 first downs, but were plagued by turnovers -- three fumbles and four interceptions. They finally broke through on a 3-yard TD run by senior Marshall Smith midway through the third frame, but Falls answered with a 59-yard dash nine seconds later.
Junior Quinn Brown scored from a yard out and threw 21 yards to senior Derek Adkison for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but it was too late for the Bobcats (1-1) to threaten.
Falls threw for 118 yards, completing five of nine attempts, and ran for 69. Sophomore Austin Foster had 17 tackles and a blocked kick and junior Colter Doherty had 14 tackles and an interception, moving into sole possession of third place in the state record book with 398 career tackles.
Slater (2-0) begins the second of its three seasons within a season, Lewis and Clark Conference play, when it heads to Westran Friday.
Sweet Springs 35, Windsor 0
WINDSOR -- Guess who's leading the I-70 Conference after two weeks?
No, not Orrick, not Santa Fe, not Crest Ridge. It's surprising Sweet Springs, which posted its second straight 35-0 road victory Friday at Windsor.
The Greyhounds used a balanced running and passing attack and suffocating defense to grind down their opponent, allowing Windsor (0-2, 0-2 I-70) just 39 rushing yards in 32 attempts and only 15 yards through the air -- while themselves accumulating 407 total yards.
Sophomore Travis Hinck caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from junior Andrew Kueker in the first quarter, which also saw Sweet Springs score two points on a safety.
Sophomore Ronnie Hunter tallied three TDs in a row, on runs of 12, 30 and 10 yards, as the lead grew to 29-0 through three periods. Kueker connected with Hinck again for a 23-yard score 34 seconds into the final frame.
Both of the Hunter boys gained 104 yards on the night, Ronnie on the ground and senior Jake in the air. Senior Lucas Navarro had 14 tackles, four for loss, and senior Nick Steinkuhler got in on seven stops and recovered a fumble.
A bigger test for the 'Hounds (2-0, 2-0) comes during Friday's home opener, when defending league champion Santa Fe comes to town.
Lone Jack 12, Santa Fe 8
LONE JACK -- The Santa Fe Chiefs are hobbling from foot wounds following their 12-8 non-conference loss Friday at Lone Jack.
Santa Fe was able to generate offense -- running for 141 yards and passing for 124, with a 15-8 advantage over the Mules in first downs -- but couldn't hang onto the football until its final possession of the game. The Chiefs fumbled it away four times and gave up an interception.
Meanwhile, Lone Jack (1-1) was able to move the ball sporadically, but two touchdown passes from senior Josh Boswell to junior Cody Vie -- for 26 yards late in the third quarter and 2 yards with 2:28 left in the game -- provided the Mules with a 12-0 cushion.
Santa Fe eventually converted, sophomore Kenzie Thorp hooking up with senior Jacob Forbes on a 33-yard scoring strike, but only 32 seconds remained in the contest and the Chiefs (0-2) couldn't get the ball back.
Junior Matthew Fitzwater had 16 tackles for Santa Fe, which begins I-70 Conference play Friday at unbeaten Sweet Springs.