Orioles win tight matchup with Lone Jack
Lone Jack 21
Week 7 action was good to Concordia High School, which held off a resurgent Lone Jack High School team, 28-21.
Junior quarterback Brayden McGinnis continued progressing in this one, going 15 of 27 for 232 yards and three touchdowns to just one interception. He also found 32 rushing yards on six attempts.
Sophomore Austin Droege had his first big game of the season, securing the lionís share of the teamís catches and receiving yards en route to an eight-catch, 136-yard performance. He also found the end zone once.
After fighting through injuries in a quiet first half of the season, Droege appears to be ready to pick up where his exciting freshman season left off.
The Mules must have been worried by tape they saw on junior Colby Stein. They keyed in on the junior, stopping him for -21 rushing yards on six attempts. However, this is important because Stein has been a dynamic option for the Orioles every game this season. For the Orioles to win with their hottest hand being held to negative rushing production is a great sign for the Orioles.
Much to the chagrin of Mules fans, however, they seemed to have absolutely no answer for another of CHSís dominant offensive weapons, senior Cameron Kelly. It took him just 16 carries to rack up 113 yards and, although the Oís didnít tally a rushing touchdown, Kellyís only reception went for 18 yards and six points.
Defenses early in the season focused on Kelly and succeeded in keeping him quiet with the rock in his hands, but there never appeared to be a reason for concern. Kelly has cracked the codes over the past few weeks, and as defenses increasingly focus on both slowing down the passing game and securing the outsides and keep Stein contained, Kelly should have even more opportunity for success.
The Oís also got a shot in the arm from Lane Mueller, as the senior returned to tight end responsibilities after a voluntary stint on the offensive line. The big-bodied Mueller secured two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown. He also continues to pace the defense in tackles, this time finishing with 13.5 total (10 solo).
The Orioles have now won two of their last three games, advancing to 2-5 (2-3). They wrap up I-70 Conference play in Week 8, when they travel for a matchup with Crest Ridge High School.
The Mules move to 3-4 (2-2) with the I-70 Conference loss.