Thursday, October 19, 2017

Obituary -- Stanley Hensley 1920-2017

Stanley Hensley was born March 19, 1920 to Mable and Victor Hensley in rural  Salem, South Dakota. In 1935 he moved to Malvern, Iowa. He graduated from Malvern High School in 1939. After graduation he worked as a clerk in a grocery store and farmed.

In April 1942 Uncle Sam took him in the service for World War 11. He served 42 months in the service and 38 of them were over seas in the Pacific area. Iwo Jima was his last stop in which he was discharged with an honorable discharge in November 1945.

February 1, 1946 he married Estellee Kobbe. They started farming west of Bedford, Iowa. Through the years he also drove a truck and worked in factories for 30 years in St. Joseph, Missouri. He retired from Wire Rope after 20 years in 1985 and moved to Sheridan. In the fall of 2011 he moved to Maryville and in 2012 he moved to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife Estellee of 65 years in September 2011, his parents, and sister Evelyn Goy Knop.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services and Interment will be 2:30 P.M. Friday, October 20, 2107 in the VanSkyock Addition of Sheridan Cemetery. Military Rites by V.F.W. Post #3123. Rev. Susan Noakes will officiate. Arrangements under direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Junior High Choir Kicks Off With Fall Fun Concert

Worth County’s music program got bigger this year with a Junior High Choir formed this year, along with an honors music society. A Fall Fun Concert to showcase the new choir along with selections from some of the older students was held Tuesday.

Starting off the Junior High portion of the concert was “Glory Bound,” the popular gospel song. “Light Shine Bright” was next, with a solo portion performed by Calli Mancuso and a rap line performed by Jazmine Brooks, Jace Cousatte, Jackson Smith, and Tanner Ridge. Next, Alex Rinehart directed the rest of the group with various body movements in “The Dum Dum Song.”

The older students performed some songs as well. Riley Drury performed “Get Back Up Again,” with the Junior High Choir accompanying. Merrideth Spiers sang the popular gospel song “Hallelujah.” Jeremy Wimer put on his George Straight act and sang “Amarillo by Morning.” Trent Gabriel then sang the popular Garth Brooks tune “The Thunder Rolls.” Worth County Class of 2017 grad Jacob Wimer came back to accompany Jeremy in a duet of George Straight’s “Baby Blue,” about his daughter who was prematurely killed in a car wreck.

Olivia Kanak performed “Colors of the Wind” from the movie “Pocohantas.” Grace Gibson and Bailee Walker sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid,” the popular kids movie. A.J. Drury sang the hilarious “Shiny,” about being a clam. Keelin Engel sang, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Riley Drury played the part of an author stressing out about her work in “Watch What Happens.” Finally, Justina Wimer sang “How Far I’ll Go” with Keelin Engel providing dance accompaniment.

Justina Wimer and Riley Drury worked on the flats for the show. Mrs. Cook and Mrs. O’Connor loaned supplies for the show. Darrin and Nancy Drury were in charge of lights and sound. Jackson Smith opened and closed the curtain. Amy Garrett and April Healy provided technical support.
There are 21 students who are members of the newly-formed Junior High Choice. They are Lance Abplanalp, Hailey Adwell, Nicolas Aragon, Jazmine Brooks, Grant Cameron, Cooper Chapman, Jace Cousatte, Cheyanne Fairchild, Coner Gladstone, James Gladstone, ZeeAnna Gladstone, Braxton Hightshoe, Chloe Knight, Calli Mancuso, Molly Miller, Tanner Ridge, Alex Rinehart, Marshall Ruckman, Jackson Smith, Lucas Wake, and Drew Welch.

Advanced chorus members who performed include sopranos Keelin Engel, Misty Helt, Calli Mancuso, Bailee Walker and Justina Wimer; Altos Riley Drury, Grace Gibson, Aivry Griffin, Olivia Kanak, and Merrideth Spiers; and Baritones A.J. Drury, Trent Gabriel, and Jeremy Wimer.

Obituary -- Elbert Risser 1943-2017

Elbert Otto Risser, 74, passed from his earthly body on October 15, 2017. Elbert was the only child of Lowell and Myrtle (Goff) Risser. He was born in Sheridan, MO on May 1, 1943. Elbert spent most of his life in the Sheridan area. On July 30, 2004 he remarried his first wife, Doris.

Elbert loved all things mechanical. In his free time, he spent many years restoring John Deere tractors. In his later years, he shelved the green paint for International Harvester red. Elbert spent twenty-eight years working for the Missouri Department of Transportation as a highway maintenance worker. He retired from there in May 2005.

Elbert was a tinkerer and talker. If you were lucky, you’d catch him in his shop working on something – either wood or metal – and he’d entertain you for hours talking about his traveling adventures. Before retirement, he’d sneak away to Colorado or Texas to visit his kids. After retirement, he spread his traveling wings even further. Some of his favorite trips were to Indiana to visit Doris’s sister, South Dakota to visit his kids, and to Wyoming to visit family friends.

Elbert was preceded in death by his parents, a wife Patty, and a son Kerry. He leaves behind his wife, Doris, of the home as well as six children; Chris (Michelle) Risser, Bedford, IA, Gayland (Debbie) Risser, Hermosa, SD, Mike (Teresa) Risser, Bedford, IA, Malinda Nelson, Sheridan, MO, Bill (Amy) Straight, Grant City, Mo and Tish (Duane) Warner, Grant City, MO. Elbert also had the privilege of raising Eric (Cindi) Zimmerman, Maryville, MO and Mark Zimmerman, Maryville, MO. In all, twenty-one children had the opportunity to call him Grandpa. He also had five great-grandchildren to love with four more on the way.

A visitation was held Monday, October 16th from 6-8 pm at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

The funeral was Tuesday, October 17th at 2 pm at the funeral home with interment to follow at the VanSkyock Addition to the Sheridan Cemetery, Sheridan, MO. Jeff Blaine officiated. Memorials may go to St. Francis Hospice or the Sheridan Community Building in care of the funeral home.

Tevin Cameron Maintains Rushing Lead as Regular Season Closes

Tevin Cameron maintained the league lead in rushing yardage as the regular season closed. As Worth County closes in on the 3,000 yard mark in total offense for the season, Cameron has accounted for a little over half of it, 1,353 on the around and another 120 in passing and 38 in receiving yardage for a total of 1,511. He has 94 carries, figuring out to a 14.4 yards per carry average.

Ryan McClellan has been emerging as a second option for Worth County. He is now up to 534 yards in 42 carries, for a 12.7 average. Isaac Alarcon has 40 carries for 265 yards. Jeremy Wimer has 33 carries for 166 yards. Nate Adwell has 14 carries for 52 yards. Andrew Alarcon has 13 carries for 102 yards. Jacob New has 7 carries for -9 yards. Wayde Parman has 7 carries for 28 yards. Devan Jackson has 1 carry for 2 yards.

Tevin Cameron leads in touchdowns with 31, followed by Ryan McClellan with 16, Isaac Alarcon with 5, Jeremy Wimer and Andrew Alarcon with 2, and Nate Adwell, Wayde Parman, and Devan Jackson with 1.

Through the air, Worth County has completed 485 yards as a team. Ryan McClellan has completed 9 passes in 18 attempts for 246 yards. Tevin Cameron has completed 4 passes in 5 attempts for 120 yards. Jacob New has completed 5 passes in 10 attempts for 119 yards.

Caleb Parman leads the team in receptions with 7 for 178 yards. Bryant McCord has 6 catches for 199 yards. Mason Hawk has 2 catches for 59 yards. Tevin Cameron has 1 catch for 38 yards. Reed McIntyre has 1 catch for 2 yards.

Defensively, Drake Kinsella leads the Tigers in tackles with 68. Tevin Cameron has 65, Ryan McClellan 52, Devan Jackson 43, Bryant McCord 39, Brayden Welch 37, Caleb Parman 32, Mason Hawk 28, Wayde Parman 20, Jaxon Anderson 17, Isaac Alarcon 16, Andrew Alarcon, Nate Adwell, and Colton Wilmes 10, Jeremy Wimer 9, Jacob New 7, Ethan Thomas 5, Reed McIntyre and Justin Dye 4, Dakota Auffert 3, and Austin Welch 1.

Drake Kinsella leads the team with 8 sacks so far. Mason Hawk has 4.5, Brayden Welch 2, Tevin Cameron 1.5, Bryant McCord 1, and Nate Adwell and Wayde Parman 0.5.

Mason Hawk leads with three forced fumbles. Drake Kinsella has 2, while Jacob New has 1. Tevin Cameron leads the team with 3 fumble recoveries, while Ryan McClellan has 2. Mason Hawk, Wayde Parman, Drake Kinsella, Reed McIntyre, and Jacob New all have 1 fumble recovery.

Bryant McCord leads the team with 5 tipped passes. Drake Kinsella and Mason Hawk have 2 each, while Ryan McClellan, Tevin Cameron, and Isaac Alarcon each have 1.

Bryant McCord leads with 5 picks. Ryan McClellan has 4, while Isaac Alarcon has 2. Drake Kinsella has one blocked punt, while Ryan McClellan and Bryant McCord each have one pick-six.

Offensively, Tevin Cameron led the Tigers with 9 carries for 122 yards. Jeremy Wimer had 5 carries for 19 yards. Ryan McClellan had 3 carries for 50 yards. Andrew Alarcon had 3 carries for 6 yards, while Jacob New had 3 carries for -3 yards. Isaac Alarcon had 2 carries for 42 yards, while Wayde Parman had 1 carry for 0 yards.

Through the air, Tevin Cameron had one completion in one attempt for 40 yards. Mason Hawk had one catch for 40 yards and a score.

Defensively, Ryan McClellan had 9 tackles against Stanberry. Nate Adwell, Drake Kinsella, and Mason Hawk each had 8. Brayden Welch and Devan Jackson each had 7. Bryant McCord and Wayde Parman each had 5. Caleb Parman, Tevin Cameron, and Isaac Alarcon each had 4. Jaxon Anderson and Justin Dye each had 3. Jeremy Wimer, Andrew Alarcon, and Ethan Thomas had 2. Reed McIntyre had 1. Bryant McCord and Brayden Welch each had 1 sack, while Nate Adwell, Drake Kinsella, Wayde Parman, and Mason Hawk each had half a sack. Mason Hawk and Ryan McClellan had fumble recoveries. Bryant McCord had a tipped pass and a pick.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Shamrock Softball is Going to State

North Harrison’s magical season rolled on as they turned back Maysville 4-2 Monday night to punch their ticket to the state tournament. It will be played Friday at 2:00 at the Killian Sports Complex in Springfield against Canton. The State Championship Game will be played Saturday at 4 pm at the same facility.

North Harrison is now 21-6 for the year. They finished 11-2 against GRC foes, including 5-1 against the West and 6-1 against the bigger East schools. Maysville was a red hot team going into the game and ends their season at 13-13. They started off 1-6 for the year and battled injuries as well as difficult competition like Benton, Lawson, and Platte Valley. They hit a low with a loss to Polo, the Panthers’ lone win in the conference portion of the schedule. But they steadily improved over the year and a 6-5 victory over King City and a 3-1 victory over Stanberry late in the season turned their season around. They knocked off Stewartsville easily, then took down DeKalb 2-1 in the District title. Then, they took down a high-flying Norborne squad sporting a 19-3 record 8-0 in sectionals. Maysville, which is loaded with freshmen and sophomores and only one senior, will return as one of the teams to beat in the GRC East next year.

For North Harrison, there had been an unwritten taboo about talking about state the last few years, with the focus being on one game at a time. But this year was different, as they broke it the first day of practice. “The seniors decided they wanted to go to state for everyone who they had played with over the last few years who had worked just as hard, but fell short,” said Coach Brandon Craig. The underclassmen all bought in, with four different freshmen and a sophomore starting and another sophomore stepping in from time to time.

Back in 2011, the Shamrocks started a junior high softball program for the first time; this was the first bunch who made it all six years. They grew up in a hurry; by their 8th grade year, they won all their games with the exception of an epic pitching duel between Grace Schottel and the Worth County Tigers and Payton Craig, which went 2-1 in Worth County’s favor.

This year, North Harrison finally broke through Sectionals after being barred by Jefferson and Stanberry over the last few years; longtime Stanberry Coach Rod Walker was one of the many folks to congratulate Coach Brandon Craig after the win.

The game started off inauspiciously for the Shamrocks as Maysville slap hitter Cat Whiteman dropped one behind second for the first pitch; four different green shirts chased it to no avail. Sadie Smith moved her over with a bunt, but Brea Blanton, Maysville’s most dangerous hitter, popped out.

Emily Brown whiffed to end the inning. One of the keys to the game was that Payton Craig had Blanton’s number, holding her to 0 for 4 for the night. North Harrison will need a similar effort Friday, as Canton tagged Gallatin for 17 runs on their way to victory in sectionals, and knocked off favored Salisbury 6-3 with a late home run after being down 3-1 at one point.

It still looked inauspicious for North Harrison, as the wind was blowing in from left, keeping Payton Craig’s long drive in the park and the Shamrocks off the board in the first. But then in the second, Audry Briggs doubled off the wall in left center to start and Emma Craig moved her over on a bunt. Mason Cracraft popped out, but Kami Gibson singled to left to bring Briggs home. It was like that all night; everyone had each others’ back when something went wrong.

Payton Craig plunked Lexy Nicholson in the knee to start the fourth. Josie Fitzwater struck out after failing to get a bunt down, but slap hitter Cat Whiteman was up next. She was a triple threat as she swung away this time and hit a screamer to the opposite field, but right at third baseman Ashlynn Gilpatrick. She tried to double off Nicholson, but threw it away. Right fielder Carly Rinehart didn’t act like a freshman as she was right there to back it up, but the ball rolled into the press box, which had photographers in it at the time. By rule, that is treated just like the ball going into the dugout and Nicholson automatically went to second. It didn’t matter as Sadie Smith grounded out to Cracraft at second to end the inning with North Harrison’s 1-0 lead intact.

Once again, Payton Craig drove it to the wall in left and once again, the wind held it in for a catch. Craig hit Emily Brown on the hand; it could have been called either way, but she took first with one out. It didn’t matter as Craig picked herself up by forcing her at second with a laser beam after fielding Olivia Owen’s slow roller. Then, Mason Cracraft caught Madeline Smith’s screamer to get out of the inning.

Maysville finally scored in the fifth after North Harrison couldn’t take advantage of an error in the fourth. Stephanie Hyatt hit a pop fly single that dropped in to start off. Nicholson moved her over with a bunt and the 9th batter, Josie Fitzwater, walked. Cat Whiteman hit into an apparent force at third, but Gilpatrick threw it away and the bases were loaded. Sadie Smith grounded out to Cracraft at second to bring in one, and Blanton came up, but once again, everyone had each others’ back and Payton Craig got her to ground out back to the mound to get out of the inning with the game still tied at 1-1.

Maysville had every reason to expect the momentum as North Harrison’s 7-8-9 hitters were coming up, but with one out, Sally Briggs hit a grounder into the hole between second and first. Second baseman Stephanie Hyatt made a diving stop, but Briggs hustled down the line and beat the throw before giving way to pinch runner Rainey Fordyce. Carly Rinehart forced her at second, but Payton Craig finally came through, hitting a screamer down the left field line just fair for a double, putting runners on second and third. North Harrison hit a ton of line drives just foul all year on the left field line, but this was the break they were looking for. Brandi Rivet shot one up the middle for a base hit and both runners scored as Payton Craig game home on a futile throw home. Catcher Brea Blanton threw a laser down to second to get Rivet out, but it didn’t matter as North Harrison went back up 3-1.

That stood North Harrison in good stead as Emily Brown hit a grounder that looked like trouble to start the sixth. First baseman Kami Gibson had to dive to grab it, but second baseman Mason Cracraft had her back, scrambling to first for the 3-4 putout. That loomed up strongly as strike three got away from catcher Emma Craig, putting Olivia Owen on. Madeline Smith shot a single off third baseman Ashlyn Gilpatrick’s glove into left and they went to second and third on a wild pitch. Hyatt grounded out to score Owen, but then Lexy Nicholson was called out on strikes to end the inning with North Harrison still ahead 3-2. Without the outstanding defensive play to start the inning by North Harrison, the game would have been tied at this point.

Once again, a scratch hit led to a run by North Harrison to start their half of the sixth. Ashlynn Gilpatrick beat out an infield hit when her shot into the hole was snagged by the shortstop, but she beat it out. Audry Briggs hit one as hard as she had all year, but right at second baseman Stephanie Hyatt for an out. But Hyatt tried to double off Gilpatrick and threw it right into the dugout to advance Gilpatrick. Emma Craig flied out for the second out and then Mason Cracraft and Maysville pitcher Sadie Smith got into a long battle. Smith had kept North Harrison off balance all night with her change that she would throw at any time in the count. Cracraft got down 0-2 in the count, fouled off a pitch, and got back to 3-2. She fouled off another pitch and then turned on a change and hit a high, slow chopper that somehow got past short and into center. It was enough to score Gilpatrick with a badly needed insurance run. It was the lone changeup that North Harrison got a hit off of. All of North Harrison’s runs scored with two outs.

There was a heartstopping moment in the seventh inning after Payton Craig got Josie Fitzwater called out on strikes and got the dangerous Cat Whiteman to go after a slow change to strike her out. Sometimes, the last out is the final one to get, and what would have been the last out squirted out of second baseman Mason Cracraft’s glove as Sadie Smith reached safely. That brought up Brea Blanton, who had been slugging it all year for Maysville with the tying run. She turned on Payton Craig’s first pitch and it looked headed into left for a base hit. But once again, everyone had each others’ back as shortstop Brandi Rivet chased it down. The light wind coming in from left held it up long enough for her to get to the edge of the grass and make the catch for the final out.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Two More Unbeatens Fall from Ranks in Final Week of Season

Two more unbeatens have fallen thanks to a couple of prime matchups Friday night. Worth County toppled the top ranked team in Eight Man, while Rock Port pulled off a thriller against Mound City.

#3 Worth County 56, #1 Stanberry 14 – This one was over early. Worth County kicked to start off the game and constantly kicked it into the end zone, pinning Stanberry at their own 15. Stanberry turned the ball over several times like North Andrew had last week, sealing their fate. The question was how well Worth County could stop a good running team, and they were up to the task. Worth County will now rest a week before taking on either East Atchison or North/West Nodaway. The Wolves feature a triple option game, but can still air it out to Gage McAdams deep. North/West Nodaway has a young team with prize quarterback Korbin Koch at the helm carrying much of the load.

For Stanberry, they will have to lick their wounds as they face Albany, which improved towards the end of the year despite losing Coburn and pulled off a win over Braymer 54-50. If they win, they will go on the road to face Rock Port, which always plays well at home.

The combination of short fields and a stingy Stanberry defense meant Tevin Cameron “only” got 115 yards in 8 carries. But it was enough to keep him in the league lead. He has 93 carries for 1346 yards. Zach Pearon of Hardin-Central had 145 yards in 30 carries in a losing effort against Southwest Livingston, leaving him with 1313 yards in 179 carries. Trey Schieber (Stanberry) picked up some big gainers late in the Worth County game and is now at 1250 yards in 131 carries. Cole Durbin (Stanberry) has 117 carries and 1181 yards.

#2 Sacred Heart 73, Northwest/Hughesville 28 – Sacred Heart is one of three unbeatens left, but tailender Hughesville was able to tag them with 28 points.

#4 Rock Port 40, #5 Mound City 38 – This one was as good as advertised. Mound City took a 38-34 lead in the fourth before Rock Port came back and scored with under two minutes left to get the win. Caden Linthicum had three picks inside the red zone to stop Mound City drives, and they had four total. He also caught 7 passes for 153 yards as Jace Hughes completed 11 of 19 passes for 224 yards.

For Mound City, Dylan Marrs completed 15 of his 33 passes for 224 yards, and prize receiver Matthew Poppa, who had been out with an injury, came back to catch 13 passes for 203 yards. For Rock Port, Gavin Abbott had 12 carries for 123 yards.

Defensively, Carter Ottman had 19 tackles for Rock Port. Aaron Lawrence had 10, Dalton Brake 8, Gavin Abbott and Caden Linthicum 7, and Ryan Dewhurst 6.

With the win, Rock Port nails down the second seed in District 1 behind Worth County and gets a bye. Mound City gets the top seed in their district. Mound City stays atop District 2 regardless of the outcome.

#6 Greenfield 61, North Shelby 6 –
Greenfield has only two losses in their last two years – both to Sacred Heart. Bailey Baker completed 7 of 9 passes for 185 yards in this easy win. Gage Burns rushed six times for 98 yards and two scores, while Bailey Baker had 6 carries for 64 yards.

#7 King City 56, St. Joseph Christian 50 – King City trailed by as much as 30-12 and trailed all night against the Lions, but fought back and got a late tally with 19 seconds left to go ahead. Collin Breckinridge was 16 for 35 with 223 yards for the winners. Jacob Moen continued to move up the leaderboard as he had 132 yards. For Christian, Braden George did all he could as he had 241 yards for the night on the ground.

#8 North Andrew 72, Braymer 20 – North Andrew picked up a big over the GRC tailenders, recovering from its 56-6 halftime loss to Worth County.

#9 East Atchison 58, Platte Valley 12 – The Longhorns fell behind 16-0 and nearly made a game of it, closing to within 16-12 after a fumble return. But Ian Hedlund, the fullback in the Wolves’ Triple Option game, had a breakout game with 8 carries for 146 yards, while the Wolves got another 112 yards through the air on 5 attempts and 5 completions to Gage McAdams. Briacin Bywater added a 26 yard run.

#10 Chilhowee 42, K.C. East 20 –
Chilhowee stayed on the boards despite their loss the week before and clinched their first winning season in quite some time, getting their 6th win of the year against their Kansas-based foes.

OTHER GAMES
South/Nodaway-Holt 52, North/West Nodaway 7 – The Muskets were obviously expecting more against a team that had only three wins coming in, but Weston Williams torched the Muskets in Burlington Junction with 29 carries for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns. Eric Ottman rushed 9 times for 80 more yards. Williams’ effort put him over the 1000 yard mark, putting him fifth on the eight man leaderboard.

Pattonsburg 94, Albany 62 – Folks in Albany were wondering where their wins were going to come from. Last year, they won handily over Pattonsburg, but this year, the Panthers crashed their Senior Night. Playing Worth County seems to bring out the best in enemy teams in subsequent games; the Panthers have been on a scoring tear since their 62-0 loss to the Tigers, hanging 80 on K.C. East and 94 on Albany.

Stewartsville 54, DeKalb 28 – Stewartsville has every right to be pleased with the way their season has progressed after they went through the Rock Port/Mound City gauntlet early and fell into a hole. They are back up to 4-4 with the win. Gage Rush ran for 85 yards and threw for 121 more. Cain Rush caught a 29 yard touchdown pass and scored on runs of 4 and 8. But DeKalb has shown some life late in the year after not winning a game last year; they beat Platte Valley 68-62 for their lone win this year and went the distance against Mound City before losing 50-14.

ELEVEN MAN
Maryville 14, Lafayette 12 – This was an off year for Maryville – by their standards. After graduating over 20 seniors, the Spoofhounds finally came down to earth in the MEC after outclassing the conference for the last several years, taking losses to Chillicothe and Smithville. But they are still good enough to play spoiler; they denied Bart Hardy’s Lafayette team a chance at the conference title Friday night.

South Harrison 40, Putnam County 20 – Winless last year, South Harrison fell into a 14-0 hole against the Midgets in Bethany. It looked like more of the same, but then the Bulldogs completely outplayed them the rest of the way, coming back for a 40-20 victory. They have now won four games this year, a vast improvement over last. Prize receiver Treyton Campbell can grab anything remotely within reach, stretching out defenses and opening everything else up.

Hamilton 56, East Buchanan 16 – This year’s version of the Galloping Ghost, LaTroy Harper, was at it again for Hamilton. He scored on runs of 70, 70, and 31 as the Hornets built up a 44-0 halftime lead against previously unbeaten East Buchanan. Harper finished with 19 carries for 274 yards, a typical night’s work for him.

Tigers Clinch GRC Football Title for First Time Since 1984 With Victory

Worth County won its first GRC football title since 1984, as they toppled Stanberry from the ranks of the unbeaten 56-14 Friday. The win meant that they are now the top seed in the district, meaning they have a week off to prepare for East Atchison or North/West Nodaway. In the meantime, Stanberry is faced with a difficult road trip to Rock Port, which beat Mound City 40-38 in a nailbiter in Rock Port. It can work both ways, however; last year, Stanberry played during the first round of districts, Worth County had the week off, and Stanberry successfully invaded Worth County to end their season.

The winner of the game between Worth County and either East Atchison or North/West Nodaway plays the winner of Stanberry at Rock Port three weeks from Friday for the district title.

Should Worth County win out and Mound City win out, Worth County would host Mound City, since the top team on the bracket hosts during odd numbered years. Should North Andrew knock off Mound City, they would host, since they hosted fewer district games than Worth County.

During Worth County’s Senior Night, which took place before the game, seniors from different squads were recognized. Recognized from the football team were Tevin Cameron, Ryan McClellan, Wayde Parman, Brayden Welch, Devan Jackson, Drake Kinsella, Mason Hawk, and Bobby Lynch. Water girls were Shylea Moellenberndt and Alyssa Fletchall. Elizabeth Owens and Olivia Davidson were recognized from the cheer squad. From the band, Quentin Miller, Drew Martell, Elizabeth Owens, Riley Drury, and Olivia Davidson were recognized.

Worth County kicked off to start the game, and Stanberry sought to air it out on their first play from scrimmage. However, it fooled nobody and Bryant McCord came in on a corner blitz and sacked Cole Durbin untouched. Stanberry was forced to punt, and Worth County caught a break when Tevin Cameron was apparently stripped by a Stanberry player, only for the officials not to notice and Worth County got the ball deep in Stanberry territory at the 29. Worth County only needed one play to score as Cameron got a block from Ryan McClellan and converted a spread draw for a score with 9:52 left. He ran in the extra points as well to make it 8-0.

Stanberry started making headway on its next drive, until set back with a false start penalty. Then, Cole Durbin fumbled it and Ryan McClellan recovered on the 19 while Durbin was fighting for yardage and Worth County had another short field. On their second play, a keeper from McClellan fooled everyone and he took it around the right end and to the house with 7:42 left. Tevin Cameron ran in the extra points to make it 16-0.

Once again, Worth County stripped Durbin of the football and got the ball back on the Stanberry 19. Faced with third and one, Stanberry jumped offsides to the 5, and Tevin Cameron got a block from Isaac Alarcon to get in again with 5:57 left to make it 22-0.

Stanberry muffed the ensuing kick out of bounds at their own 7, and they were forced to punt. A holding penalty wiped out a touchdown for Worth County and they started at their own 35, but Isaac Alarcon took the carry and bounced it out and down the left sideline for a score with 4:09 left for a 45 yard run. Tevin Cameron ran in the extra points to make it 30-0.

Stanberry finally started making some headway on its next series, but a bad snap on second and three at the 40 set them back to the 32. Stanberry went for it in desperation on fourth down and 11, but the pass, intended for Levi Murphy, was incomplete as he slipped and fell. Worth County was stuck with third and 11 at the 33 and Ryan McClellan took a keeper around the right end. John Shanks seemingly had him in his sights, but a Tiger blocker slowed him down just enough for McClellan to get free and down the right side of the field for a score with 31.1 seconds left. A pass from Ryan McClellan to Mason Hawk on a guard eligible play made it 38-0.

Stanberry finally got its vaunted ground game going on its next series after starting at its own 15. They picked up three first downs and got to the Tiger 32 before Trey Schieber got loose on a counter with 7:23 left to put Stanberry on the board.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ryan McClellan was shaken up and Jacob New replaced him at quarterback. It didn’t matter, as Tevin Cameron shot up the middle for 33 yards into Stanberry territory at the 38. He picked up 3 more and then scampered 35 yards for a score with 6:07 left to quell Stanberry’s attempt to rally. Jacob New’s pass to Isaac Alarcon made it 46-6.

A holding penalty on Stanberry drove them back to their own 7 on the next series, setting up a safely as Mason Hawk sacked Durbin in the end zone with 5:41 left to make it 48-6. On the ensuing kickoff, Bryant McCord got a nice runback, but Hunter Johnson stripped him at the end of the run. Stanberry couldn’t do anything with it and Worth County looked like they would be stopped with fourth and 17 at the 40 with time running out in the first half. But then Tevin Cameron threw a halfback pass and aired it out to Mason Hawk on a guard eligible play and nobody was anywhere near him as he took it to the house with 1:53 left. Isaac Alarcon ran in the extra points to make it 56-6.

Trey Schieber got loose for 24 yards on a power sweep to the Tiger 36, but the Bulldogs stalled there and frustration set in as a Stanberry player was flagged for a late hit back to their own 34. Stanberry aired it out on fourth and forever, but Bryant McCord picked it off and ran it back to the Stanberry 23 before time expired.

The second half was played by the subs of both teams. Worth County’s JV made two goal line stands before Brian Medina scored for Stanberry with 1:34 left in the game from 5 yards out.