Chiefs get big homecoming victory over CHS

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Week 5 - I-70 Conference - Santa Fe HS
Concordia 28
Santa Fe 42

Coming off of a Week 4 homecoming game victory, the Concordia High School Orioles football team traveled to Santa Fe High School to play a Chiefs squad that was entering play following a rough first half and a great second half in a loss the previous week. But when the dust settled in their Week 5 I-70 Conference matchup, it was the Chiefs who had achieved the victory in their Homecoming game, and the Orioles who should feel positive about how they picked up the pieces in the second half of their 42-28 loss.

The Chiefs used the Homecoming game hype to their advantage, jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead to end the first quarter. Alex Edwards busted out for a 24-yard touchdown and another from 11 yards out. Neither 2pt conversion was successful, but senior Christian Hurlburt was able to get to the quarterback for a safety - one of his three sacks on the day.

The second quarter got off to a similar start for the Chiefs, although this time the damage came from the air. With 10:48 left in the second quarter, senior Dakota Boehmer connected with junior Hunter Ballenger for a 27-yard touchdown, moving the score up to 20-0. Just 21 seconds later, Boehmer and Ballenger connected again, this time for a touchdown from 44 yards out.

Less than three minutes later, the duo was back at it again, connecting for yet another long touchdown, a 45-yard reception to move the score up to 34-0 in the Chiefs favor.

Senior Oriole Dakota Boehmer was able to get the Orioles on the board with a 20-yard strike to senior Jose Bermudez, who then kicked the PAT to move the score to 34-7, but Boehmer and Ballenger would sneak in one final touchdown before the half’s end, this time connecting from “just” 20 yards out. A successful 2pt conversion rolled the score to 42-7 heading into the half.

The third quarter was the game’s only scoreless quarter, but the O’s found a rhythm in the fourth quarter.

McGinnis was able to connect with junior Troy Brandt for a touchdown from 25 yards out to bring the score to 42-13 (Hurlburt blocked the PAT attempt), and then went back to Bermudez for a 13 yard touchdown just over two minutes later. Bermudez once again knocked down the PAT, moving the score to 42-21.

Before the scoring capped off for the night, senior Colby Stein found a way to get on the scoreboard, catching a pass from McGinnis and taking it 35 yards for the score. Bermudez downed the PAT, but the Orioles wouldn’t be able to finish the comeback off, falling 42-28.

He only completed seven of his 20 passing attempts, but Santa Fe’s Boehmer turned them into 192 yards and four touchdowns to one interception.

“Boehmer is settling down in the pocket and delivering throws,” Chiefs head coach Alex McClafferty said.

Ballenger was the main beneficiary of Boehmer’s completions, finishing with five catches for an excellent 159 yards and four touchdowns.

Edwards also had a nice day, taking his only catch for 24 yards and rushing 16 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Boehmer picked up 47 yards across the six times he called his own number, while sophomore Owen Hostetter turned 11 rushes for 69 yards.

“Hostetter is showing great promise as a young sophomore who can handle a decent work load,” McClafferty said.

For Concordia, McGinnis struggled with efficiency throwing the ball, but he picked up 151 yards through the air, tossing four touchdown and two interceptions on 10/29 passing. His targets were much more evenly distributed than his counterpart, completing three passes each to Stein, Bermudez, and Brandt. Stein was bottled up well compared to other opponents this season, as his three receiving opportunities turned into 38 yards and a touchdown from 35 yards out, while Bermudez caught a pair of TDs and collected 48 yards. Brandt caught one touchdown and was the main big-play threat, averaging 21.7 yards per catch (65 yards).

Randt took a team-high 10 carries for 32 yards, while McGinnis earned 55 yards on seven carries. Stein ran it four times, earning nine yards.

The Orioles fall to 1-4 (1-2) with the loss. Their next opportunity to be in the winners column comes in Week 6 when they travel to Wellington-Napoleon HS for a matchup with the Tigers (3-2, 2-1).

Santa Fe improves to 2-3 (2-2) with the victory. They look to get back to .500 on the season when they travel to play rival Sweet Springs HS in Week 6.

After losing in a 63-40 shootout with Concordia last year, the Chiefs have now won five of the last six matchups with the Orioles, dating back to 2014.

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