Lincoln lives up to reputation against Chiefs
Week 7 ó Nonconference ó Lincoln HS
Santa Fe 12
For the second time in two weeks, the Santa Fe High School Chiefs football team hit the road for action, this time heading to Lincoln High School for a matchup with the Cardinals. It was not a fruitful outing for the Chiefs, dropping the matchup 63-12.
While the 63 points scored and 51-point margin of victory both went down as the most for the Cardinals this season, they havenít been held to less than 36 points all season and their smallest margin of victory on the year is 26 ó evidence that the result is common for the Cardinals, who havenít truly been challenged with just two games left in the regular season.
Senior Dakota Boehmer completed six of his 20 passing attempts, resulting in a touchdown and 117 yards.
Junior Hunter Ballenger was the beneficiary of five of the completions, turning them in for 67 yards and a touchdown ó all team-highs. The touchdown was Ballengerís eighth of the season, while it was Boehmerís 10th passing touchdown.
Ballenger showcased another aspect of his game with a 99-yard kick return touchdown. The junior has come up huge for the Chiefs and projects as an integral part of the Chiefs offense moving forward this season.
Sophomore Owen Hostetter recorded nine tackles, the second time this year he has led the team in the category.
Alex Edwards earned the lionís share of the work on the ground. The senior recorded just 25 yards on the ground in his 12 carries, although nobody was having much luck moving the ball on the ground for the Chiefs (37 yards combined).
Lincoln moves to 7-0 with the victory. It was their third victory against I-70 Conference opponents - Concordia HS fell to the Cardinals in Week 2, while Sweet Springs HS suffered the same fate Week 5. They will have one more crack at an I-70 foe when they travel to Wellington-Napoleon HS for a Week 8 battle.
Santa Fe falls to 2-5 (2-3) with the loss. They will try to win their first nonconference matchup next week when they take on a Tipton HS (1-7) team that has scored just 42 points since their 41-12 victory over Saint Paul Lutheran HS in Week 1. The Chiefs won both of their matchups last season - a 36-0 victory in Week 8 last year, and a 32-20 victory just 14 days later in the Class 1 State Tournament.