McCune scores five TDs in Cougars' win over SSHS
Home-standing Crest Ridge scored three touchdowns in the first and second quarters, building a 43-0 lead by halftime and rolled on to a 55-0 I-70 Conference victory over Sweet Springs on Friday.
Kolin Reynolds put up the first score for the Cougars, but Noah McCune accounted for the next five sixes put on the scoreboard.
The night was capped by two second-half touchdown runs by Hayden Ridge.
The Cougars did what they needed to do.
"Our guys played a really clean game," CRHS head coach Chris Cavanah said. "That was the best we've played for several weeks.
"We took care of the football and had some guys step up and make big plays for us. Our kicking game was solid. When we play that way, we're pretty good."
Crest Ridge opened the scoring with a 6-yard run by Reynolds,
Then came the onslaught of scoring plays by McCune, who was added to the backfield with a package of plays when the Cougars were experiencing ball-security issues earlier this season.
"We've got a package of plays where he's back there," Cavanah said. "We need to get the ball in his hands as much as we can, and he's doing good things with it."
McCune scored on two 1-yard plunges in the first quarter and a 41-yard pass from Tyler Rodgers and runs of 41 and 32 yards in the second stanza.
After the quick-clock rule was put into place to start the second half, Ridge, who scored on a pair of two-point conversion runs in the first half, ran 34 yards to the end zone in the third quarter and added another 34-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Ridge paced the Cougars on the ground with 130 yards in six totes. McCune also had six carries for 113 yards.
The Cougars rushed for 300 yards in 35 carries -- no one player getting more than seven attempts.
Rodgers was five for 12 for 125 yards through the airlanes, including four to McCune for 97 yards. Jayson Burnap had the other catch.
As prolific and unstoppable as the Cougars' offense was, their defense was just as dominant, holding Sweet Springs to 10 yards of total offense in 33 plays.
"We ran the ball well and ran our offense well," Cavanah said. "Defensively, we tackled well.
"We hadn't played well for the previous two weeks, so it was nice to get out of that and play well."
The Greyhounds finished with 12 yards rushing in 30 carries and minus-2 yards through the air.
Mario Persell led the Greyhounds on the ground with 12 yards in seven tries
Zack Giffen was one for three passing, the aerial being complete to Nick Ownby.
"Our guys did a really good job of taking away what they wanted to do," Cavanah said. "We played disciplined and played well.
"Our defensive line played well -- Jake McCannon and Jacob McIndoo, our two defensive tackles played a really good game. They did a good job of shutting down the inside run that Sweet Springs had been having some success with (in previous weeks)."
Sweet Springs had good defensive performances from Levi Miller with six total tackles (five solos), three quarterback pressures and one forced fumble and Rhett Snider with 11 total tackles (seven solos). Justin Mitchell added one solo, three assists and two tackles for loss, Mario Persell three solos, two assists and one tackle for loss and Nick Ownby one solo, four assists and one tackle for a loss.
The 6-1 Cougars travel to Concordia to take on the Orioles in another I-70 Conference game this Friday.
Cavanah says the keys will be to stop the Orioles' quarterback (Jordan Schlueter) and their fullback (Patrick Hastings).
"Defensively, we'll have to play sound, assignment football as they like to run the option," he said. "We need to play assignment football and do our jobs."
The Greyhounds, who are 2-5, host Lone Jack.
Both games kick off at 7 p.m.