Pittsburg pounces on Labette County late
PITTSBURG — With both teams seeking fresh starts in 2020, it was the Pittsburg Purple Dragons that started the year off on the right note with a 27-12 win over the Labette County Grizzlies on Friday night.
Labette County was tied with Pittsburg 12-12 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies had the ball with the game tied and first-and-goal to go but failed to put points on the board.
Pittsburg pulled away late to notch the Week 1 win. Stats were unavailable for the game.
"The speed of the game got us," Labette County Head Coach Sean Price said. "They were fast. We didn't get lined up well a couple of times and it cost us. It always does against a good team."
Price felt the Grizzlies' defense rose to the challenge while the offense showed signs of last season's stagnation.
"On defense, those kids played so well. Offensively, we were inconsistent. We dropped some passes. But man, our defense did a great job. We should have won the ballgame."
Labette County travels again in Week 2 as the Grizzlies face Winfield.
"We felt like we had a really good game plan," Price said. "Now we've got to go back to the drawing board. We've got to be able to run the ball better. We need more consistency."
Erie excels in win over Cherryvale
CHERRYVALE — Erie High School bested Cherryvale 24-16 in the season-opening district football game on Friday in Cherryvale.
Erie scored early and had a 24-8 lead at halftime. The Red Devils’ stubborn defense limited Cherryvale’s offense late in the game to earn the win.
Erie collected 327 yards of offense compared to Cherryvale’s 120. Erie had a strong rushing night collecting 298 yards on 56 carries. Cherryvale rushed 21 times for 67 yards.
Erie’s Dawson Lehman rushed for 250 of those yards and two touchdowns, one of them on a 71-yard run. Tyler Pasquarelli scored one of Erie’s TDs.
Briggs Adkison scored both of Cherryvale’s TDs, one of them on a 77-yard punt return in the third quarter.
Cherryvale coach Travis Young said the Chargers had a slow start. He was complimentary of Erie’s Lehman.
“They have an extremely athletic quarterback. Defensively, we let them sustain long drives. Offensively, we didn't finish a drive in the red zone,” Young said.
“We made some adjustments at halftime, and I was very proud of our kids for fighting to the final minutes of the game. We will continue to build on our foundation and continue to get better.”
Erie (1-0) will host Eureka next Friday. Eureka defeated Neodesha 47-18 Friday. Cherryvale (0-1) will play at Bluestem next Friday. Bluestem lost to Humboldt 58-6.
Erie 24, Cherryvale 16
ER: 16 8 0 0 — 24
CV: 0 8 8 0 — 16
ER: Dawson Lehman, 5 run (run failed), 6-0.
ER: Safety, 8-0.
ER: Tyler Pasquarelli, 9 run. (Pasquarelli run), 16-0.
CV: Briggs Adkison, 3 run (Jackson Knight run), 16-8.
ER: Lehman, 71 run (Pasquarelli run), 24-8.
CV: Adkison, 77 punt return (Chet Linn, pass to Kolbyn Hooper), 24-16.
Oswego stakes claim to Bloody Bucket, routs Chetopa
OSWEGO — Oswego High School cruised to a 58-12 win Friday night in a season-opening football game against Chetopa.
Oswego drew first blood in the first quarter and amassed a 52-12 lead by halftime. The game ended in the third quarter because of the mercy rule.
Oswego collected 250 yards rushing on 34 carries Friday night and two touchdowns. The Indians hit 6 of 11 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
Isaac Elliott was signal caller for Oswego for about half of the first quarter until Lance Teal took snaps to finish the quarter. Teal contributed to two touchdowns in the second half.
Caiden Duggan scored once for Chetopa on a 21-yard run, and he connected on a 38-yard pass to Dakota Pease for Chetopa’s first score of the game.
Oswego (1-0) travels to St. Paul next Friday.
Chetopa (0-1) travels to Bluejacket, Oklahoma, next Friday. Bluejacket played Claremore Christian Friday night but a score wasn’t available.
Oswego 58, Chetopa 12
CH: 0 12 0 — 12
OS: 36 16 6 — 58
OS: Isaac Elliott, 1 run (Jace Landis run), 8-0.
OS: Elliott, 25 pass to Landis (run failed), 14-0.
OS: Lance Teal, 18 pass to Isaac Elkins. (Elliott run), 22-0.
OS: Landis, 16 run (Jacob Hutchinson run), 30-0.
OS: Teal, 35 pass to Jessie Blumer (run failed), 36-0.
CH: Caiden Duggan 38 pass to Dakota Pease (pass failed), 36-6.
OS: Hutchinson, 8 run (Teal run), 44-6.
CH: Duggan, 21 run (run failed), 44-12.
OS: Teal, 24 pass to Elkins (Teal, pass to Elkins), 52-12.
OS: Teal, 16 pass to Blumer (no PAT, game), 58-12.
Sedan shuts out St. Paul
ST. PAUL — St. Paul High School lost its football home opener 38-0 to Sedan Friday night.
Sedan just wore St. Paul down in the second half and dominated the offensive and defensive lines. Sedan’s roster has 28 players and St. Paul suited up 11 on Friday.
St. Paul coach Keith Wiatrak said the Indians played well in the first quarter and held Sedan to one touchdown in the first half. Sedan capitalized on St. Paul’s penalties and turnovers in the second half to get the win. One Sedan touchdown came on a fumble recovery.
“They dominated us on the offensive and defensive lines. Our backs didn’t have any where to go. The kids played hard. They had a heck of a first quarter. It’s tough when you play a team like Sedan,” Wiatrak said.
St. Paul managed 36 yards rushing and 54 yards passing on Senior Night.
Next week, St. Paul (0-1) hosts Oswego (1-0). Next Friday will be homecoming for St. Paul. Oswego defeated Chetopa 58-12 Friday.
Sedan 38, St. Paul 0
Score by Quarters:
SE: 8 0 24 6 — 38
SP: 0 0 0 0 — 0
SE: Eli Campbell, 1 run (Isaiah Smilko run), 8-0.
SE: Campbell, 12 run on fumble return (Danny Osborn run), 16-0.
SE: Dameion Hatten, 10 run (Smilko run), 24-0.
SE: Smilko, 8 run (Blake Stone run), 32-0.
SE: Stone, 10 run (run failed), 38-0.