Sweet Springs cruises to win over Salisbury

Thursday, November 1, 2018

(6) Salisbury 6

(3) Sweet Springs 34

Despite the win-or-go-home nature of the district tournament, third-seeded Sweet Springs High School had the luxury of hosting their first-round matchup against Salisbury High School, the six-seed. It was essentially a tune-up game for the Greyhounds, who had their way with the Panthers, winning 34-6.

Salisbury got the scoring kicked off with a punch-in from two yards out, but those six points were the only ones they would get, failing to answer a single Sweet Springs score.

Junior Hunter Sims only chucked the ball seven times, collecting 31 yards and a touchdown. Junior Jacob Hall caught half of the completed passes, tallying 24 yards on his two receptions. Freshman Cole Lovercamp and senior Nick Ortzian each had one catch, with Lovercampís going for two yards and Ortzianís going for five yards and a touchdown.

A balanced rushing attack saw four players get at least eight touches. Hall pocketed 15 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Lovercampís nine went for two touchdowns and 44 yards. Sims only found 13 yards on 12 carries, but sophomore Grant Knipmeyer was on fire, traveling 92 yards on only eight carries.

Senior Marcus Barney scooped-and-scored on a fumble recovery, while Lovercamp and junior Jarrett Fuehring each intercepted a pass. Fuehring also led the team with 10 solo tackles (13.5 total).

Up next for the Greyhounds is a matchup with two-seeded Tipton High School, a road game set for a 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, kickoff.

Tipton is coming off of a three-game stretch where they knocked off Santa Fe High School twice (Week 8 and first round of districts) and Concordia High School once (Week 9). They also defeated the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints in Week 1.

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