Sweet Springs falls in district championship matchup
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After battling through a tough nonconference schedule and dominating the first two rounds of the Class 1 District 5 tournament, the third-seeded Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds found themselves in a district championship matchup with the districtís top seed, the Fayette High School Falcons. It was an uphill battle for the Greyhounds, and ultimately one that would end their season.
The matchup started promisingly enough, with the Falcons only putting six points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Fayette opened the game up a bit in the second quarter, however, cashing in on a second rushing touchdown and hitting the two-point conversion to put them ahead 14-0 in the second quarter.
Junior Jacob Hall returned fire, punching in a goal line rush for a touchdown. The Hounds missed the two-point play, however, leaving the score at 14-6.
A third Falcon crossed the plane before the halftime intermission, moving the score to 22-6 after a successful two-pointer.
The second half was fun for the Falcons, touching down thrice more before ultimately walking away with a 44-6 victory ó and district championship.
Sophomore Grant Knipmeyer made the most of three carries, collecting 65 yards in the process. The offense as a whole rushed for 133 yards, with Hall (four carries, 11 yards, touchdown), freshman Cole Lovercamp (seven carries, 26 yards), junior Hunter Sims (eight carries, 18 yards), and senior Marcus Barney (one carry, 13 yards) contributing the rest.
The passing game resulted in four completions for 40 yards on 10 attempts (Sims four for 9, 40 yards; Hall zero for one). Senior Nick Ortzian paced the Hounds with 28 yards despite just one catch, while Hall tallied 13 yards on a sole catch, as well.
Sweet Springs punted just twice, while the Falcons punted once (although the ball only went 11 yards). The Hounds lost two fumbles, putting the rock on the ground three times total. Fayette recovered one of their two fumbles.
Fayette advances to 11-1 on the season, awaiting a date with another top team in Westran High School.
Sweet Springs falls to 6-6 with the season-ending loss.