4 teams roll to lopsided victories
Centre, Hillsboro, Marion, and Peabody-Burns all rolled to easy victories Friday in the second games of the season.
The Cougars game against Southern Coffey County in Leroy was over by halftime. Centre won, 52-7.
Centre had 12 carries for 139 yards, and Southern Coffey had 20 carries for just 34 yards. Centre also had two pass completions for 50 yards.
Santiago Knepp was Centre’s leading rusher, with six carries for 88 yards, and a 38-yard punt return. Kolby Steiner had three carries for 63 yards.
Kolton Steiner completed two passes, one to Robert Spohn for 27 yards and one to Nicholas Krch for 12 yards. Spohn also intercepted a pass and turned it into a 13-yard return.
Matt Basore scored the first touchdown of the game with a 10-yard fumble return. That was followed by a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kolton Steiner to Krch. Knepp had Centre’s next four touchdown runs, and Kolby Steiner and Spohn had the last two.
Kolby Steiner, Gentri Holub, Knepp, and Krch scored extra points.
Coach Kelly Steiner was happy that every player on the squad got to participate and get some experience.
“We played quite a bit better than the first game,” he said.
The team’s first home game will be 7 p.m. Friday against Altoona-Midway.
Although time of possession showed that Goessel had the ball only seven minutes less than Canton-Galva, turnovers doomed the Bluebirds.
The Eagles intercepted three passes and recovered one Bluebird fumble. Canton-Galva won, 48-0.
Caleb Burkholder and Eli Boden led the Bluebirds on defense with 5 and 31/2 tackles respectively. Offensively, the Bluebirds accumulated only 81 yards total.
Goessel will have an away game Friday with highly ranked Chase County.
Hillsboro blanked Nickerson, 21-0.
“We are a team that is continuing to get better every day,” coach Demetrius Cox said.
Quarterback Dawson Boldt threw for over 160 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Defense played aggressively — not allowing a score from Nickerson.
Defensive players Sutton Redger and Nash Dickinson forced Nickerson’s offense to fumble more than once.
The Trojans will play Hesston on Friday at home. Both teams are 1-1.
Marion won Friday’s non-conference home opener against Sterling, 32-14.
Quarterback Jack Lanning had a wrapped, bloody leg early in the first quarter but that didn’t stop him from completing a 5-yard scoring pass to Caleb Darrow or galloping 61 yards for a touchdown. He also had a two-point conversion run.
Marion stacked up big gains on the ground Friday night. Trevor Schafers found the end zone with a 58-yard run and was responsible for three two-point conversion runs.
Offense wasn’t the only side scoring points for Marion. Jackson Bitonti on defense recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Marion now has a 1-1 season record. The Warriors’ next game will be Friday at home against Hutchinson Trinity.
Peabody-Burns destroyed Chetopa 54-6 in road conference game.
“It was a great bounce-back game for our boys after falling to a good Tescott team in Week 1,” coach Kody Tegtmeier said. “We came out defensively and were ready to go make stops all night long.”
Friday night’s game was stopped in the third quarter with 4 minutes 30 seconds left to go.
“Offensively, we changed some things up with our personnel and had a lot of success,” Tegtmeier said. “We are starting to figure out our identity as we continue to improve each week.”
Peabody-Burns now has a 1-1 record. The Warriors next opponent will be Wetmore this Friday at home.
Last modified Sept. 14, 2022