Three teams which prevailed in 2018 season openers a week before – Southwest Livingston, Hamilton, and Marceline – came out on top Friday (Aug. 31). In the Midland Empire Conference, Cameron and St. Joseph: Lafayette also won again
Although some of the scripts varied from the week before, the endings of week two high school football games for C-T-area teams Friday (Aug. 31, 2018) were the same all the way around.
Posting their second-consecutive victories to commence the new season were the Southwest Livingston Wildcats, Hamilton Hornets, and Marceline Tigers.
Coming out on the short end of the stick a second time were Braymer, Brookfield, Trenton, Carrollton, and Polo.
This coming Friday's slate will find Southwest Livingston's co-op team, which includes students from Hale and Tina-Avalon, visiting DeKalb and Braymer/Breckenridge traveling to Worth County/Northeast Nodaway for 8-man gridiron action.
In the 11-man style, the "Bell Game" between Linn County neighbors Brookfield and Marceline will be hosted by the latter, which already possesses "the bell."
Elsewhere, Hamilton will be at East Buchanan, Trenton will visit Gallatin, Carrollton goes to Concordia: St. Paul Lutheran, and Polo will welcome Princeton/Mercer.
Southwest Livingston 68, South Holt/Nodaway-Holt 22 (2Q)
LUDLOW — The host Wildcats shredded their Highway 275 Conference 8-man foe with the passing attack to claim the home opener in only two periods.
Junior Mack Anderson threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns and senior Caleb Eddins another 115 yards and two other scores, with Wyatt Maddux, Nate Reith, and Morgan Daniels reeling in a pair apiece.
Defenses were rarely able to get a “stop,” possessions-wise, and Southwest Livingston (2-0, 2-0 conf.) staked out a 28-8 lead by the end of the first stanza before racking up another 40 points in the second to convince SH/N-H to agree to an early trip home.
In addition to its offensive onslaught, keyed by the solid line play of Dagun Bassett, Jaeden Sears, and Bryce Wolf, according to head coach Eric Fairchild, the SLHS/Hale/Tina-Avalon co-op club also produced a defensive score via a Reith interception return. In addition, the coach noted, Balasz Sturgeon turned in a strong game at middle linebacker, Kevin Spainhour fell on a SH/N-H fumble, and Eddins made an interception.
Yardage-wise on offense, Anderson also rushed for 144 and three scores on only eight carries, while Reith’s three catches picked up a game-high 93 yards, Maddux’s four receptions 83, Anderson’s two 80, and Eddins and Daniels 72 each.
Southwest Livingston/Hale/Tina-Avalon goes to DeKalb for another league outing this Friday.
Pattonsburg/Gilman City/North Harrison 58, Braymer/Breckenridge 12 (2Q)
BRAYMER — The host Bobcats (0-2, 0-2 conf.) also played only a half-game last Friday, seeing their fellow co-oping Grand River Conference-West member soar to 44 unanswered tallies in the initial stanza before each side found the end zone twice in the second segment.
With Pattonsburg, et al, ahead 50-0 early in the second quarter, Braymer/Breckenridge completed a 45-yards scoring pass (details not reported) to dent the scoreboard.
After the opposition also scored through the air, freshman Wyatt Kinkaid ran for a 2-yards score that proved to be the game’s last points. The Bobcats were not able to convert after either of their TDs.
Braymer/Breckenridge is due to visit Worth County/Northeast Nodaway for another GRC-W game this Friday.
Hamilton 21, Gallatin 13
GALLATIN — After hinting it was going to run the rival Bulldogs off their own field, Hamilton’s Hornets instead found themselves in a dogfight to hold on to victory down the stretch.
Sawyer Morrow 2- and 41-yards scoring runs in the first and third quarters, respectively, sandwiched Derek Aiken’s 10-yards TD trek in quarter No. 1 to stake the visitors to a seemingly-comfortable 21-0 lead.
However, fittingly in a rivalry game, Gallatin (1-1) did not back down, getting back within a score before the last quarter arrived.
Aidan Adkison plowed in from a yard out to cut the GHS gap to 21-6 and Haden Bradford found paydirt on a 4-yards dash to tighten things further. When Gallatin’s conversion kick after Bradford’s score was successful, the hosts were within striking distance, but Hamilton’s defense denied them.
Statistically, Morrow rushed for 107 yards, but, aside from his long scoring trek, had only 66 on 25 carries. Quarterback Ryan Cooks hit on 10 of 20 passes for 117 yards with one interception and ran for another 53 yards on 12 carries. Cale Whitt had half of the Hornets’ receptions for 67 yards.
On defense, Whitt was in on six tackles and picked off a GHS pass. Connor Kavanaugh recovered a Bulldogs fumble, while Morrow was part of six stops – two unassisted – and Michael Roberts went solo on four of his five tackles. The Hornets throttled Gallatin back for only 108 total yards, while their offense gained 322.
Hamilton (2-0) will begin KCI Conference action with a difficult assignment at East Buchanan this Friday.
Lexington 44, Trenton 21
TRENTON — The host Bulldogs kept the Minutemen in range for a half, trailing only 21-14 in the second period before Lexington eased away into the distance at 44-14 with touchdowns late in the first half, then in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Sean Emmerson and Alvara Porras were a strong 1-2 punch for LHS (2-0). Emerson ran one, 11, and 12 yards for scores and Porras 27 and 72 yards.
Trenton junior running back Mark Trump accounted for all three Bulldogs TDs, powering in from a yard out in the first two periods before returning a fumble off a bad Lexington snap three yards to paydirt for the game’s last tally. Freshman Connor Crawford kicked the extra point after each one.
Statistically, Trump racked up 162 yards on the ground in 31 totes. Senior defensive back Carson Radcliff had a team-best eight tackle, sis unassisted. Matthew Sibbit, also a senior D-back, made six solo stops and assisted on one.
After facing very strong teams the first two weeks, Trenton (0-2) begins Grand River Conference-East play at Gallatin this Friday.
Monroe City 8, Brookfield 0
BROOKFIELD — The host Bulldogs (0-2, 0-2 conf.) nearly sprung a big surprise on the defending Class 1 state champions, limiting the Panthers to a single, second-quarter score and having outstanding field position much of the second half. Four times, BHS had the ball in the Monroe City “red zone,” but could not come up with the play that would punch it in.
“Once we turn that corner and get some offensive momentum, we’ll be golden,” head coach Scott Stevens of Brookfield told the Linn County Leader. “We honestly feel like we have one of the best Class 2 defenses in the state. We did some great things on special teams, and at times we overpowered them up front. Aside from some stalled drives,”
Brookfield was held under 200 total yards, but did run for nearly 150.
The strong BHS showing, even in defeat sets the stage for what should be a crackerjack “Bell Game” at Marceline this Friday.
Marceline 40, Knox County 6
EDINA — The guest Tigers handily gained a second-straight Lewis and Clark Conference triumph behind a balanced offensive attack and a defense paced by All-State junior linebacker Colby Sims.
Sims was in on a dozen tackles, seven unassisted, while Nathan Sayre had a part in seven and Colton Jenkins made a fumble recovery.
On offense, Marceline (2-0, 2-0 conf.) had 107 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground from Cullen Bruner and 121 passing from Chase Billups. Four of senior quarterback Billups’ completions ended up in the Knox County (0-2, 0-2 conf.) end zone with four separate teammates – Desmond Harrison, Nick Cain, Alex McCauslin, and Bruner – on the receiving end. Bruner made seven catches for 93 yards and Harrison four for 40. Another of Billups’ 15 hookups in 21 attempts went for a 40-yards score to Cain, who also rushed for 69 yards and a score.
Marceline’s Chester Ray Stadium and its newly-paved main parking lot will play host to this Friday’s “Bell Game” with Linn County rival Brookfield. Marceline currently has the rivalry-game “trophy” bell.
Slater 14, Polo 8, ot
SLATER — Polo tied the game with a late-fourth-quarter drive, but had a penalty wipe out the first, successful, 2-points conversion attempt. When the second try missed, the game went to overtime where, the host Wildcats’ defense held and then their offense twice converted in fourth-down situations, the second time to score the game-winner from the 2-yard line.
The contest was marred by wet weather which led to very muddy conditions which impacted both teams’ ability to execute offensive plays, PHS coach Reid Stephens reports. Each side fumbled the ball five times, although not all of those were lost, he reports.
After a half-hour delay as Slater dealt with six inches of rain on the day, according to the Polo first-year coach, the hosts scored first on a 65-yards pass play in the second stanza. It also converted for two points.
Polo got two of those points back later in the period when senior defensive lineman Joseph Hilburn sacked the Slater quarterback in the end zone.
As the final minutes of regulation time were running off the clock, the visiting Panthers got the ball in prime field position – the Slater 40 – and answered the call.
In seven plays, they advanced it to the SHS 13 before sophomore running back Cody Blackwell threw an option pass to junior running back Wyatt Segar that tied the game at 8-8.
Seconds later, PHS and its fans were celebrating what appeared to be a 10-8 lead with little time left, but the infraction called on the Panthers kept those go-ahead points off the scoreboard, leading to overtime.
In OT, an illegal-procedure penalty helped stymie the Panthers’ possession, Stephens notes.
The defense-dominated, error-prone game saw both junior Nic Scott and Hilburn recover Slater fumbles.
Polo will start Grand River Conference-East play this Friday, hosting defending champion Princeton-Mercer.
Westran 20, Carrollton 0
HUNTSVILLE — CHS’ Trojans held Westran’s usually-strong offense in fairly-decent check, but their offense generated only 133 total yards – 100 through the air.
Statistically for Carrollton, defensively, senior Cawyer Davis was in a team-most eight tackles – two for losses – and picked off a Hornets pass. Senior Jordan Miller and junior Wyatt Rowen also had two stops behind the line of scrimmage.
On offense, sophomore quarterback Gavin Claud was 15 of 38 throwing with Davis latching onto 10 mostly-short throws for 55 of the yards.
Carrollton (0-2) visits Concordia: St. Paul Lutheran this Friday.
Maryville 36, Harrisonville 0
MARYVILLE — After the Spoofhounds’ defense bailed it out for a first-possession turnover deep in its own territory, the MHS offense leaned heavily on the run game to dominate the rest of the action in the ’Hounds’ home opener.
Fullback Tyler Houchin ran for just over 100 yards and he and halfback Eli Dowis each carried the pigskin to paydirt twice, while the defense reasserted itself after allowing 38 points in the week one loss to Jefferson City: Blair Oaks.
Maryville (1-1) will welcome winless Chillicothe this Friday.
Cameron 24, Kansas City: East 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While they didn’t quite end Friday night as the only Midland Empire Conference team without a defeat thus far in 2018, the guest Dragons took care of their part of the scenario.
Quarterback Tyler Campbell completed 18 of 30 passes for 231 yards with touchdown throws of 18 yards to running back Dalton Fuller and six yards to Ty Speer.
In addition, Bryson Speer’s game-opening, 87-yards kickoff return set up Nathan Nelson’s 1-yard plunge on the second play from scrimmage and Cameron Hedgpeth returned an East fumble 47 yards as Cameron scored the game’s first 24 points over 3-plus quarters.
Statistically, Fuller had 87 yards on six receptions and Elliot Turner 82 on eight. T. Speer caught four more for 62 yards.
Cameron this Friday opens MEC play at home as the first opponent for league newcomer Kansas City: St. Pius X.
Excelsior Springs 35, St. Joseph: Benton 7
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS — Chillicothe High alumnus Marc Faubion’s Tigers did all of their scoring before halftime in romping past Benton (0-2), which scored only in the last period.
Benton starts its MEC slate in town, but not at home this week, visiting Lafayette.
Pleasant Hill 39, Savannah 25
PLEASANT HILL — Savannah’s offense got some things done, but not enough to make up for another subpar performance by its defense.
The Savages (0-2) might find the winning formula this Friday, making the short trip south to undermanned St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond.
KC: St. Pius X 36, St. Michael the Archangel 25
KANSAS CITY — The score makes Catholic schools clash look closer than the game was. St. Pius X led 23-0 at halftime and into the fourth quarter and answered each of the first two St. Michael scores with its own. The second-year school scored twice in the last 2-1/2 minutes.
Ben Wade’s 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns led the SPX Warriors, who made four interceptions and had four sacks.
St. Pius X will make its MEC debut at Cameron Friday.
St. Joseph: Lafayette 20, KC: Center 13
ST. JOSEPH — Miles Henderson scored on a 9-yards run in the third quarter to give the hosts the winning points.
Daeton McGaughy’s two scoring runs helped the Fighting Irish (2-0) be even at halftime.
Lafayette will host Benton this Friday.
East Buchanan 46, SJ: Bishop LeBlond 12
ST. JOSEPH — BLHS’ small-in-numbers Golden Eagles immediately answered East Buchanan’s opening score with a 29-yards touchdown pass from Frankie Gall to Gabe Robertson, but the next 39 points came from “East Buck.”
The other Golden Eagles points came on a short pass-interception return in the last stanza.
Bishop LeBlond (0-2) passed for less than 60 yards and did not have a rusher with more than 30.
It will welcome another winless team, Savannah, this Friday.