Orioles spoil Homecoming in Wellington with big victory
Week 6 — I-70 Conference — Wellington-Napoleon HS
A mesmerizing Week 6 performance by the Concordia High School Orioles football team led them past the Wellington-Napoleon High School Tigers, pulling away with a 61-43 victory in front of a WellNap crowd ready to celebrate a win on their Homecoming night.
Momentum from a very impressive outing to close out a Week 5 loss to Santa Fe High School seemed to carry over for Concordia against a WNHS squad that was in a rough place following a loss to Crest Ridge HS the week prior.
An important part of winning in a Homecoming environment is taking the crowd out of it early, and the Orioles did just that, silencing the Tigers with a 21-12 lead after one quarter. They wouldn’t let up in the second quarter either, taking a big 45-23 lead into the halftime intermission.
The Tigers tried to respond in the second half, but nearly every point was matched, and the Orioles would hold on and cruise to the 61-43 win.
Senior quarterback Brayden McGinnis was in sync with his receivers, picking up a whopping 430 yards and six touchdowns on just 13 completions (27 attempts). He also didn’t turn the ball over.
It was a career day for McGinnis, who averaged 33.1 yards per completion. He also tucked the ball and ran 13 times for 54 yards.
Junior Troy Brandt had a career day of his own, turning six catches into an eye-popping 264 yards and four receiving touchdown. He averaged 44 yards per completion, including one for 79 yards.
Senior Colby Stein was a hard man to slow down as well, taking two of his four catches into the end zone and racking up 123 yards along the way.
That same cast of Orioles also found success on the ground. Stein took one of his three carries for a 32-yard touchdown, while McGinnis (13 carries, 54 yards) and Brandt (18 carries, 73 yards, one touchdown) did their part, shouldering the brunt of the load.
A large part of the offensive success against Well-Nap can be traced back to the O’s impact on the defensive end. Stein, Brandt, junior Dante Stockwell, and senior Jose Bermudez each intercepted a pass, while Brandt forced a fumble as well.
Senior Peyton Moore was a force on the defensive side of the ball, accruing seven solo tackles and nine assisted takedowns (11.5 tackles total).
Bermudez continued his impressive season as the team’s kicker, connecting on seven of his eight PAT attempts and two of three field goals. His impact on special teams has been a huge boost for the Orioles, helping them keep momentum on their side while giving themselves more ways to positively impact the game flow.
For Concordia, it was their first victory over Well-Nap since 2013, snapping a seven-game losing streak that included two losses in the Class 1 District 7 tournament. They were outscored 352-121 by the Tigers during the skid.
The Orioles advance to 2-4 (2-2) with the victory. They will play host to a Lone Jack HS
squad that has played to just one victory this season and is coming off a shutout loss to Slater HS in Week 6, 24-0.
The Tigers fall to 3-3 (2-2) on the season. The loss dampens their chances of winning the I-70 Conference crown, as Sweet Springs HS and Crest Ridge HS have both played to 4-2 (3-0) records on the season and will play each other in Week 7, with the winner sitting in the driver’s seat for a regular-season championship. For now, they’ll have to focus on knocking off a SPLHS squad eager to earn their first win in Week 7 - their homecoming game.