‘Hounds cap regular season with big win

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Week 9 — I-70 Conference — Wellington-Napoleon HS
Sweet Springs 48
Wellington-Napoleon 6

A Week 9 road matchup with Wellington-Napoleon High School was a fun one for supporters of the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds football team, with their boys taking an early lead against the Tigers and securing it throughout for the 48-6 victory.

Sweet Springs got on the scoreboard moments into the game when sophomore Cole Lovercamp took a rushing play 46 yards to the endzone for a 6-0 lead.

No more points were scored in the first quarter, but Sweet Springs got back to it in the second quarter when a pass from senior Hunter Sims found Wade Phillips for a 14-yard touchdown. Sims then connected with sophomore Grant Knipmeyer for the 2pt conversion to run the score to 14-0.

The Tigers would respond quickly for a touchdown with four minutes left in the half (missed PAT), but the Greyhounds would find the endzone with just 15 seconds remaining (Sims to sophomore Zapher Lea from six yards out, Sims rush good on 2pt conversion) for a momentous 22-6 lead.

The second half belonged to the Greyhounds, getting touchdowns from Lovercamp (20-yard touchdown pass from Sims, Sims 2pt rush attempt good) and Knipmeyer (26-yard rush, failed 2pt conversion) for a 36-6 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Lovercamp busted off a 25-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and junior Anthony Love finished the game’s scoring with a long 57-yard rush to cap the scoring off at 48-6.

Sweet Springs was running with a purpose, collecting nearly 400 yards through the ground (387 yards on 47 attempts). Lovercamp (13 carries, 139 yards, two touchdowns) and Sims (17 carries, 109 yards) led the way, while Knipmeyer’s nine carries netted 54 yards and a touchdown.

Sims completed 5/8 passes for 81 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Lovercamp caught two of those passes for 49 yards and a touchdown, while Phillips (14 yards, one touchdown), Knipmeyer (12 yards) and Lea (14 yards, one touchdown) caught one pass apiece.

Love, Zapher, and sophomore Keegan Brewer each intercepted a pass.

The Greyhounds advance to 7-2 (5-1) with a victory in their final performance of the regular season. It was their first victory against the Tigers since at least 2009, met MSHAAA. Last year’s game was a victory by 14 points, while none of the other matchups have been decided by less than 30 points.

SSHS has outscored their last four opponents 188-34, winning three times in that span.

They will hope to keep it rolling against the team that started that four-game stretch, Santa Fe HS, on Friday, Nov. 1, when the two teams meet in Class 1 District 5 playoff action. It will be held in Sweet Springs.

Well-Nap falls to 4-5 (3-3) with the loss.

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