Sweet Springs rolls over Lone Jack

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Sophomore Sweet Springs running back Hunter Sims punches a goal line handoff into the end zone for a touchdown during Friday nights 37-20 victory over Lone Jack.
(Rocco Scarcello/The Concordian)

On Oct. 6, the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds football team played host to the Lone Jack High School Mules in a Week 8 matchup of I-70 Conference opponents. After a shootout of a first half in which a combined 43 points were scored (SSHS leading 23-20), the Greyhounds defense kept Lone Jack off the board for the remainder of the game, scoring 14 unanswered en-route to a 37-20 victory.

Senior quarterback Zack Giffen had a solid day throwing the pigskin, going nine-for-17 with 153 yards and three touchdowns to only one interception. Two of Giffen’s touchdowns went to sophomore running back Hunter Sims, who caught those touchdowns as part of the five passes for 75 yards he accrued receiving. Junior wide receiver Nick Ortzian added two catches for 61 yards and the first of Giffen’s touchdown throws.

While Sims led his team in every receiving category, he arguably made his biggest contribution running the ball, rushing 11 times for 151 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Marcus Barney also toted the rock efficiently, taking ten carries for 93 yards.

The Greyhounds let an offensively-challenged Mules team pick up 353 total yards of offense - including 199 passing yards - but were able to pick up a solid 485 yards themselves. Giffen intercepted a pass while playing the linebacker position, and freshman linebacker Grant Knipmeyer had a busy 16 solo tackles.

The win improved Sweet Springs to 3-5 (3-4 in-conference) this season, while Lone Jack's record fell to a dismal 1-7 (1-6 in-conference). Both team's regular seasons will conclude on Oct. 13.

Lone Jack will be looking for the upset as they will host a Drexel High School team that is 4-4 on the season with three straight wins. Sweet Springs will attempt to end their regular season on a high note against I-70 Conference foe Wellington-Napoleon High School, a team that is 6-2 on the season and has only lost to Lexington and Crest Ridge, teams who are a combined 15-1 on the year.

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