Monday, August 15, 2016

Tigers Take Two of Three at Jamboree

Worth County took two out of three at its jamboree Friday night, showing some promise as it seeks to move up the ladder from last year. They will be missing Brevyn Ross, who rushed for 1,900 yards last year. They will also be looking for a quarterback to replace Ben Badell and a replacement for wide receiver Chris Alarcon.

But they showed that they have plenty of new horses for the 2016 campaign as they kept up with Stanberry after getting in over their heads against the defending state champions at first. Cade Allee will likely start at quarterback; he was on the money every time, stymied only by some drops. He lost nothing despite sitting out last year (shoulder). Isaac Alarcon returns as a runningback and blocking back and Mason Hawk turned into a reliable receiver last year; his size means he can win a lot of jump ball situations. Drake Kinsella returns as a force on the line; Colton Wilmes can also step in. Andrew Freemyer also took some turns at runningback, as did Jacob Wimer. Jayden Mancuso and Caleb Parman showed promise at wide receiver.

On the other side of the ball, Devan Jackson showed he was the most improved player from last year; he got into the backfield for a sack Friday night and regularly showed up to disrupt enemy quarterbacks. Ryan McClellan and Wade Rush showed some strength on defense, getting a pick six in the King City game.

Stanberry lost some horses from their state championship run, but still return Cory Luke at quarterback, Clayton Stoll and Trey Schieber in the backfield, and Brad Hailey at wide receiver. They had a nose tackle on defense who was disruptive and a linebacker who was a force as well.
Worth County lost yardage on its initial drive and Brad Hailey caught a 40 yard pass to set up Stanberry’s first score. Devin Jackson sacked Luke to set up a fourth and seven at the 17, but Luke threw a strike to Cole Craig, who beat Ryan McClellan in the right side of the end zone. Trey Schieber ran in the extra points to make it 8-0.

Worth County came right back as Cade Allee threw a strike to Caleb Parman for 24 yards to the Bulldog 36. An offsides penalty moved it to the 31 and Isaac Alarcon gained 3 to the 28. The next play fooled everyone as Isaac faked the handoff, everyone crashed the middle trying to top him, and Cade Allee took off down the right sideline. Mason Hawk threw the final block and Cade had Worth County’s tally. Isaac Alarcon was stopped just short of the goal line and Worth County fell to Stanberry 8-6.

King City was one of three tri-champions in the 11-man GRC from last year, but this year, they are undersized and were shorthanded for Friday night’s games. Quarterback Devin Breckenridge was sidelined as he tweaked his knee. They still have Collin Breckenridge as another quarterback and runningback B.J. Eiberger. Albany lost prize quarterback Seth Kline from last year, but return 300 pound anchor Blade Powers and some other impressive size up front. They also return runningback Tom Sagun, speed merchant Maverick Hall, and Colton Coburn, who converted from runningback to quarterback. Albany struck first with a long run, but King City battled back and scored on their last offensive possession of the scrimmage and added the extra point for the victory.

The next game between King City and Stanberry was pretty chippy, as neither team liked each other very well and referees and coaches had to tell their players to cool it. King City stopped Stanberry on its first possession, but then fumbled the ball away deep in its own territory to set up Stanberry’s first score. Stanberry later added another to win 14-0.

Worth County looked like it was in over its head at first when playing Albany, as a holding, a dropped pass, and a fumble gave Albany the ball on the Tiger 10. But Worth County made a goal line stand against the huge Albany line, holding the Warriors to four yards, aided by a dropped pass. Worth County finally struck as Isaac Alarcon took the handoff on the first play and rumbled down the left sideline for 74 yards for the Tigers’ first score. Albany fumbled the ball on its second play from scrimmage next series and Worth County got the ball on the Warrior 30. Andrew Freemyer picked up 4 yards and a dropped pass set up third and six. But then Cade Allee swept around the left end with the ball, juked inside instead of stepping out of bounds, and picked up some more yardage down to the 5. The JV took over from there and Jacob New ran in the remaining five yards to make it 12-0.
Pitted against Stanberry, Albany put up a good fight before falling 8-6 as they put together a long drive before being stopped short on the extra point try.

King City did not match up well against Worth County as a fumbled snap and a false start set up Wade Rush’s pick six to put Worth County up 6-0. King City had what would have been a long score by A.J. Saunders wiped out by a block in the back penalty and Worth County stopped them at the 28. From there, Mason Hawk caught an 11 yard pass to the 39, Isaac Alarcon and Jayden Mancuso ran for 12 yards each and Andrew Freemyer ran the last 15 yards in two tires to make it 12-0.

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