Saints fall hard to Greyhounds in I-70 matchup
After a tough nonconference matchup against Tipton HS in Week 1 - a 41to 12 loss despite good receiving games from three Saints and a 76-yard kickoff return touchdown from senior Trey Beerman — the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints had their home opener against Sweet Springs High School in Week 2. The results weren’t much better for the Saints, however, as they would fall to the Greyhounds 54-6.
Each of senior Josiah Kunkel’s pass attempts were caught, although two landed in the hands of the Greyhounds defenders. He finished the game 7/9 for 41 yards.
Senior Trey Beerman had another eye-popping special teams performance, returning a kick for a touchdown for the second consecutive game. This time, Beerman took it from 86-yards out, giving the Saints their only score of the game. He’s now averaging 35.8 yards per kickoff return.
Senior Dominic Alicea picked off a pass on defensive, but otherwise the Saints D was befuddled throughout.
The entire game’s points were scored in the first half, with SPLHS collecting their only touchdown at the end of the first quarter and Sweet Springs hanging 30 points up in the first period.
The run made up the vast majority of the SSHS offense in Week 2, with two Greyhounds going bananas on the ground. Sophomore Cole Lovercamp went off for 191 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries, while junior Grant Knipmeyer hung three touchdowns on the board with 121 yards on 12 carries. Senior Jacob Hall ran eight times for 64 yards and a touchdown, while senior Hunter Sims racked up 40 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
Sims and junior Jonathan Duffey each intercepted a pass.
The Greyhounds — coming off of a tough 38-30 loss to Windsor HS last week —collected their first victory of the season, advancing to 1-1 (1-0).
The Saints will have to try for their first victory next week, falling to 0-2 (0-1) with a matchup against an impressive, undefeated Carrollton HS team awaiting them in Week 3.
The ‘Hounds will look to keep Concordia HS winless after their Week 3 matchup.