Saints trounced by Greyhounds
Saint Paul 0
Sweet Springs 30
Sweet Springs got on top early in their matchup against Saint Paul Lutheran and didn’t let up, shutting out the Saints, 30-0, in both squads’ I-70 Conference opener.
A senior Marcus Barney touchdown run compounded by a two-point punch-in from sophomore Grant Knipmeyer put the first quarter score at 8-0, and the teams played to a deadlock the remainder of the half.
A few more third quarter Greyhounds touchdowns — junior quarterback Jacob Hall two yard run with a Barney two-point conversion; Hall 41 yard touchdown pass to junior Hunter Sims with a two-point conversion rush from Hall — put the score at 24-0.
The ‘Hounds struck pay dirt for the final time in the fourth quarter on a quarterback keeper from one yard out, moving the score to 30-0, where it would stay following a failed PAT attempt.
The Sweet Springs defense was on point in this matchup, sacking the quarterback four times for a loss of 31 yards. Sims took the quarterback down twice.
Hall (11), Sims (10) and junior Jarrett Fuehring (10) all had double-digit tackle outputs. Barney also had a kickoff return of 75 yards, coming just short of the endzone.
The Saints were only able to pick up 123 total yards of offense. Senior quarterback Micah Lemmons went four of 10 for 64 yards. Junior Trey Beerman caught one pass for 23 yards, while senior Elijah Muehler hauled in passes of 15 and 21 yards.
Junior Sam Long carried the rock 13 times for 13 yards, pacing the Saints on the ground. Long also paced the team in tackles, with 12.5 (11 solo) total.
Week 2 was good for Sweet Springs, which advances to 1-1 (1-0). They’ll hope to keep a clean slate in I-70 Conference play when they travel to Concordia for a date with the Orioles next week.
The Saints are still searching for their first win in the young season, falling to 0-2 (0-1) with the loss. They will try again next week, when they host the Carrollton High School Trojans.