Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tigers Finish Brutal Road Stretch With Another Big Win

Worth County had little trouble running past Braymer, shaking off the cobwebs of another long road trip and beating the Bobcats 82-12. Worth County was up 62-12 at halftime and tacked on 20 more points in the abbreviated second half.

Braymer had started off giving Stanberry trouble with its two-headed rushing monster of Ryan Atherton (53 carries, 273 yards through 3 games) and Robbie Shoe (47 carries, 158 yards). They had trailed Stanberry only 14-8 at halftime before falling 50-20, and put some points on the board in their 72-44 loss to Pattonsburg, a team that Dan Collins and other football observers say is a vastly improved team this year.

But Worth County had little trouble with them as Jacob New threw well through the air as they added to their already strong ground game. They played another week without Isaac Alarcon (arm), but plan to get him back for this week’s encounter with archrival Albany.

Worth County will finally get to play at home this Friday. They come into the game with an average of 70.7 points per game, third best in eight man football. Albany has scored an average of 16 points per game. Worth County allows 8.7 points per game, also third best in eight man football. Albany has given up 65.3 points per game.

On paper, it seems like an easy win for Worth County, but two years ago, a similar matchup turned out to be a barn-burner before Worth County finally game away with the Homecoming victory. If he returns, Colton Coburn will be a force for Albany; he carried the Warriors against Stanberry before he went out with an injury. Seth Bennett is an option at runningback for the Warriors.
Other games from around the area:

#1 North Andrew 60, #8 Pattonsburg 20 – Pattonsburg raised some eyebrows with their 2-0 start this year, but ran into a buzzsaw against North Andrew. The Cardinals used a passing attack from Jacob Powelson to put them away in the third quarter. Powelson, after throwing it for nearly 400 against Christian, put it together again as he was 15 for 20 for 220 yards. His favorite target was Aiden DeLong, who had 7 catches for 146 yards. Lance Streeby had 8 carries for 73 yards, and Cole Thorburn added a 65 yard run. Caleb Patterson added a 33 yard fumble return, and the Cardinals had a safety as well.

For Pattonsburg, Cole Dilley had 19 completions in 40 attempts for 216 yards. Peyton Jones had 8 catches for 123 yards.

#2 Stanberry 92, #9 King City 58 – King City inaugurated their new field by scoring the first touchdown, a 9 yard run from Jacob Moen. But Stanberry broke up a 34-34 tie in the third quarter and pulled away for the victory. Drevin Breckinridge, showing the form that had won King City the 11-man version of the GRC two years ago, did all he could, running for 111 yards and throwing for 201 more.

But Cole Durbin and Trey Schieber were too much. Durbin had 18 carries for 204 yards, while Trey Schieber scored on runs of 44, 40, and 27 in the second half. John Shanks added a 70 yard kickoff return, and as if enemy coaches didn’t have enough to worry about with Stanberry, Hunter Johnson caught a 34 yard pass from Durbin for a score, while Cameron Wallace caught another TD for 29 yards.

After the first three games of the season, Trey Schieber has 44 carries for 473 yards, while Cole Durbin has 41 carries for 444 yards. Although Stanberry lost the game to Worth County in the Jamboree, Durbin showed what he was capable of on one run, fooling everyone on a play that looked like a dive as he took off for a 17 yard gain.

Stanberry has enough passing to keep enemy defenses honest. Durbin is 9 of 14 through the air with 181 yards. 5 out of his 9 completions have gone for scores.

But King City showed improvement from the Jamboree; after being outplayed by Stanberry in that game, they were able to stick with them for a while Friday night.

#4 Rock Port 70, Stewartsville 6 – The Rush brothers were a force to be reckoned with against North/West Nodaway, but Rock Port had little trouble disposing of the Cardinals Friday night. The game featured a battle between the top two passers in the area in Gage Rush (Stewartsville) and Jase Hughes (Rock Port). But it was no contest as Hughes has completed 15 of his 18 passes after three games with 10 of his completions going for scores. He has 359 passing yards for Rock Port. Rush has more passing yards (384), but needed to throw 84 passes to get there, with 35 completions. But his numbers will improve now that Stewartsville is done with two of the best defensive teams in eight man football in Mound City and Rock Port.

#5 East Atchison 40, South/Nodaway-Holt 32 – The Wolves won their third game of the year, but the Spartans showed that they can’t be counted out yet. South/Nodaway-Holt took a 16-6 first quarter lead, but then Jake McEnaney went through the air to Gage McAdams to get his team back in the game. While the Wolves had an option attack that had to be defended, it was a 45 yard bomb from McEnaney to McAdams in the fourth that broke a 32-32 tie and gave the Wolves the victory.
Weston Williams had 118 yards for the Spartans, and Cole Alloway had a 35 yard scoring run. McEnaney had scoring strikes of 26, 30, and 45 to McAdams and added a 33 yard run for a score as well.

#6 Sacred Heart 56, Osceola 8 – Sacred Heart has not been seriously challenged yet, and some coaches feel they might be the real deal this year. But they have a collision with North Andrew coming up on September 15th.

#7 Mound City 54, Albany 6 – Mound City had little trouble disposing of Albany in this non-conference matchup. They have one of the stingiest defenses in the league, allowing only 8 points per game, establishing them as one of the top three along with Worth County and Rock Port.

#10 Greenfield 58, Chilhowee 16 – Greenfield recovered from its blowout loss to Sacred Heart with a convincing win.

In District standings, Worth County is trailing East Atchison, with 46.33 points to 47.17 for the Wolves. Both teams would get a bye in the opening round if districts were to be held tomorrow. Stanberry has 45, Rock Port 44.67, North/West Nodaway 25.33, and Albany 17. Rock Port and North/West Nodaway would play each other in the first round if districts were to be held tomorrow. The top four teams in the district, East Atchison, Worth County, Stanberry, and Rock Port, are all unbeaten in this loaded district.

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