Football: Week 6 recap
A slate of I-70 Conference matchups awaited the area teams in Week 6 (Friday, Sept. 28), although only Sweet Springs High School came out victorious, knocking off rival Santa Fe High School in a tight matchup.
Saint Paul 14
Crest Ridge 21
The Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints played one of their most complete games of the year in Week 6 when they took on Crest Ridge High School, but ultimately fell short, losing 21-14.
Crest Ridge got on the scoreboard halfway through the first quarter, but the second quarter kicked off with a 15-yard rushing touchdown from senior quarterback Micah Lemmons, moving the score to 7-6 after a failed two-point conversion.
The Cougars returned fire twice before the halftime intermission, but Saint Paul came back after the intermission with a passing touchdown from Lemmons to senior Eivind Solheim from 16 yards out. Lemmons then found senior Elijah Muehler on the two-point conversion, moving the score to 21-14.
Much to the Saints dismay, the scoring would ultimately end there, as the Saints and Cougars played to a scoreless fourth quarter, ending the game with the Cougars on top, 21-14.
The Saints combined for 76 rushing yards, with Lemmons picking up 66 of those on his 10 rushes. Game flow mixed with a stout Crest Ridge run defense was able to stop Muehler and junior Sam Long from their usual efficient performances.
Lemmons went 14-38 throwing the ball, collecting 133 yards and one touchdown pass. He also tossed three interceptions.
Muehler and senior Dob Andrejic each collected five touchdown passes, with Muehler racking up 49 yards and Andrejic collecting 36.
Despite not rushing as well as normal, Long and Muehler still did their duties defensively, finishing with 11 and eight tackles, respectively. Andrejic made his presence felt defensively as well, deflecting two passes and intercepting one, as well.
The loss drops the Saints to 1-5 (1-3). A tough matchup with Wellington-Napoleon High School awaits them in Week 7 before what appears to be a gimme-game in Week 8, versus Missouri Military Academy.
Crest Ridge advances to 2-4 (2-1). An off-year for the Cougars could get worse after a matchup with the seemingly-resurgent Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds.
Sweet Springs 28
Santa Fe 20
A rivalry matchup amongst I-70 Conference opponents did not disappoint in the excitement department, as the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds and Santa Fe High School Chiefs played to a one-possession game. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, it was the Greyhounds who came out on top, winning 28-20.
Santa Fe sophomore Hunter Ballenger returned a Sweet Springs fumble 45 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and the game went into the second quarter with the Chiefs ahead of the Greyhounds, 6-0. The Greyhounds evened the score when junior Jacob Hall found junior Hunter Sims for a 6-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt from Sims to freshman Cole Lovercamp put the ‘Hounds ahead, 8-6, heading into the halftime break.
The Chiefs got back ahead on another Ballenger defensive touchdown — this time on an interception attempt from 55 yards out. A successful two-point rush from senior Tanner Begemann put the Chiefs ahead 14-8. Later in the quarter, however, Hall found the endzone from two yards out for the Greyhounds, tying the ballgame at 14 after a failed conversion attempt.
Hall picked up the first points of the final frame on a 57-yard rush, putting Sweet Springs up 22-14 after a successful rush from Sims for two points.
Chiefs junior quarterback Dakota Boehmer found the endzone from 13 yards out, but a failed two-point attempt left them down 22-20, still Lovercamp would give the Greyhounds their final points of the game, scoring from 8 yards out to move the score to 28-20 in favor of Sweet Springs, where it would stay.
Both teams got the vast majority of their yards on the ground. Hall (12 rushes, 129 yards, two touchdowns), Lovercamp (six rushes, 32 yards, one touchdown), and sophomore Grant Knipmeyer would find the most room on the ground for the Greyhounds, while the Chiefs got most of their ground yardage from Begemann (11 attempts, 41 yards, one touchdown), Sims (16 attempts, 30 yards), and sophomore Drew Schmidt, who turned his only attempt into a 25-yard gain.
The two teams forced a combined seven turnovers (three against Sweet Springs). Ballenger was catalytic for the Chiefs despite the loss, as his two turnovers both went to the house. Junior Christian Hurlburt had a team-high 10 tackles for Santa Fe.
Hall was a monster on defense, as well, finishing with 10 solo tackles and eight assists (14 tackles total). Dylan Hayworth had eight solo tackles and five assists, a solid outing for the junior.
Lovercamp also joined freshman Zapher Lea and sophomore Georgie Ortzian as ‘Hounds with interceptions on defense.
The Greyhounds move to 3-3 (3-1) with the victory. They will take on struggling Crest Ridge High School in Week 7, hoping to stay hot on the aging season.
The Chiefs are still reeling in their first victory of the season, as they fall to 0-6 (0-5). A matchup with a tough Lincoln High School program awaits in Week 7.
Week 6 was unrewarding to the Concordia High School Orioles. After a dominant outing against the Santa Fe High School Chiefs in their Week 5 Homecoming matchup, a tough matchup against Wellington-Napoleon High School proved unfavorable, as the Orioles fell to 44-12 with the loss.
Junior quarterback Brayden McGinnis found receivers on six of his 14 attempts, collecting just 46 yards along the way. He didn’t have any touchdowns or interceptions.
Junior Colby Stein collected 34 yards on eight attempts, with a long rush of 30 yards. McGinnis also tucked away 10 attempts of his own, translating to 22 yards. 17 came on his longest rush. Cameron Kelly was again stifled on the ground by his standards, as Wellington-Napoleon defenders keying in on the stout senior relinquished just 44 yards — 27 of which came on one run. He also crossed the plane with a touchdown rush.
Concordia falls to 1-5 (1-3) with the loss. A matchup with a solid Lone Jack High School squad awaits in Week 7.
Wellington-Napoleon advances to 4-2 (4-0) after a tough nonconference slate to open the season. They will host Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Week 7.