For Salisbury, Friday night’s Class 1 District 6 playoff game against visiting Putnam County High School of Unionville was a total domination in every sense of the word following the Midgets second and final score of the football game.
The Panthers – the district’s second seed and 8th-ranked team in Class 1 – watched the Wyatt twins Austin and Zach account for four touchdowns as Salisbury sent the Midgets home suffering a 57-12 loss.
“We played a well-balanced game all around and were able to spread out the scoring among four or five guys,” said Salisbury football coach Kirk Stott.
Salisbury (9-1) will host Marceline, a 48-0 first-round winner over Slater, in the district semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Both schools are members of the Lewis & Clark Conference and this will be their third meeting this fall. In the regular season the Panthers beat the Tigers 20-7, and the teams also met during a preseason jamboree session as well.
“Marceline is scary right now. They played us tough in the regular season and led 7-0 at halftime against us before we made some adjustments to move the football and score in the second half. They have gotten much better as the season progressed. Their kids are playing hard and they are well coached. We will have to play our best game of the year Wednesday if we want to beat them and advance.”
The Panthers scored on every possession of the first half, including 21 unanswered points after kickoff.
It began with a 15-yard touchdown run by running back Austin Wyatt with about 7:30 left in the opening period, and after Putnam County would go three-and-out on its ensuing possession and forced to punt, Wyatt returned that kick 72 yards for a touchdown. Then it was Zach Wyatt’s turn for pay dirt when senior quarterback Austin Francis’ pass to Zach resulted in a 68-yard touchdown.
Putnam County (1-9) was able to satisfy their fans twice when they trimmed their deficit scoring two touchdowns. Quarterback Parker Jacob threw a touchdown pass to Damien Gilworth, and he hit Cody Quinn for a 27-yard TD pass and the period ended with the score 21-12.
Salisbury adjusted its defensive scheme following Putnam’s second trip to the end zone and made sure the Midgets would not be a scoring threat again the rest of the evening.
More than 90 percent of Putnam County’s 140 yards of total offense were generated on those two scoring possessions, and the Midgets turned the ball over six times. Zach Wyatt had three picks and his brother Austin had one interception for the Panthers, while Cole Fuemmeler and Caleb Henke each recovered a fumble.
The Panthers put the game away for good in the second quarter adding four more TDs to lead 50-12.
Daniel Linneman had a 5-yard touchdown run. Austin Wyatt scored his third TD of the evening running the ball in from the 3. With about 5 minutes remaining senior Jake Latamondeer had a 1-yard plunge past the pylons and about 3 minutes later he added a 2-yard rushing TD followed by a 2-pt. conversion.
Linneman and Austin Wyatt led the Panthers rushing attack with 99 and 84 yards respectively. Latamondeer ran for 62 yards, and Francis tucked the ball under six times netting 39 yards and would score a touchdown in the third quarter.
Francis threw for 95 yards completing 5 of 11 passes in the game.