Parsons falls to district favorite Frontenac
FRONTENAC — While Parsons hung in for a half against the undefeated Frontenac Raiders, the dam broke in the third quarter as the district-favorite Raiders upended Parsons 42-13.
Frontenac took the slimmest of margins, 14-13, as an advantage going into the halftime locker room. In the third quarter, the Raiders hung 28 points with a pair of touchdown runs apiece from Ryan Raio and Storm Niegsch to take control of the affair.
“They won the line of scrimmage in a dominating fashion, and we didn’t respond very well,” Parsons head coach Kurt Friess said. “We played well defensively in the first half. But in the second half, they just ran power at us and we weren’t able to stop them. It just snowballed.”
Dariq Williams accounted for both of the Vikings’ touchdowns, catching a 39-yard pass for the game’s first score in the first quarter then a 57-yard pass near the end of the first half. Both passes came from Parsons quarterback Ethan Houk.
“If you’re not coming out and watching Dariq Williams play high school football, you’re missing one of the best competitors you’ll ever see,” Friess said. “He went up and made great catches. The long touchdown run at the end of the first half was awe-inspiring.”
Frontenac remained undefeated with the win at 5-0 while Parsons dropped to 2-3 on the season and 1-1 in district play.
“Our kids are tough and resilient,” Friess said. “We’ll practice hard next week. Sometimes I’m critical of our players. But Frontenac has 16 seniors. They’re a big, physical football team and we competed with them for a half. Then their veteran leadership and our lack of depth showed up.”
With three games left in the regular season, Parsons will likely need at least one more win to advance to the 3A playoff bracket. The Vikings will get their first crack on the road in Week 6 against Columbus. The Titans are currently undefeated as well following a 46-0 shutout of Baxter Springs on Friday night.
“Columbus is going to give us everything we want,” Friess said. “They’re a heck of a football team that’s undefeated and has a lot of seniors. We’re taking our lumps a little bit this year, but we’re not lacking in spirit.”
Frontenac 42, Parsons 13
Parsons: 7 6 0 0 — 13
Frontenac: 7 7 28 0 — 42
PS: Ethan Houk 39-yd pass to Dariq Williams, 6:11, 7-0
FR: Ryan Raio 2-yd run, 4:12, 7-7
FR: Jake Beckmann 22-yd pass to Cole Bridwell, 1:24, 7-14
PS: Houk 57-yd pass to Williams, 0:22, 13-14
FR: Raio 1-yd run, 10:13, 13-21
FR: Raio 30-yd run, 8:57, 13-29
FR: Storm Niegsch 1-yd run, 4:25, 13-35
FR: Niegsch 9-yd run, 0:08, 13-42
Jets grounded by St. Paul
ST. PAUL — St. Paul continued its march through its regular season schedule on Friday night, demolishing the Altoona-Midway Jets 76-14 in a game that ended at halftime.
“We looked like we were supposed to look tonight,” St. Paul head coach Keith Wiatrak said. “Last week we just went through the motions. This week we came out and played football.”
St. Paul is now a perfect 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in district play.
Adam Albertini, widely regarded as one of the best running backs in the state regardless of class, tallied 103 yards and three rushing touchdowns on just eight carries. He added a touchdown pass and a punt return for a touchdown to his night’s workload.
“He obviously had a heck of a game,” Wiatrak said. “Sometimes it’s hard to get stats for your upperclassmen in a game like this.”
Kiser Wiatrak, seeing some of his first significant varsity action, totaled 51 rushing yards on five carries with one score.
“He was our second-leading rusher tonight,” Wiatrak said. “He ran really well tonight. I’m proud of him.”
St. Paul hits the road in Week 6 to face Marmaton Valley.
“They had some injuries early in the season and now they’re getting everybody back,” Wiatrak said. “They started off with a tough schedule. I’m hoping it’s a competitive game.”
St. Paul 76, Altoona-Midway 14
St. Paul: 28 48 X X — 76
Altoona: 14 0 X X — 14
- Adam Albertini 29-yd run
- Albertini 4-yd run
- Albertini 13-yd run
- Easton Dent 25-yd run
- Albertini 29-yd run
- Albertini 13-yd pass to Chandler Bradshaw
- Albertini 62-yd punt return
- Hayden Smith 22-yd interception return
- Vincent Smith 2-yd run
- Kiser Wiatrak 19-yd run
- No. 10 42-yd pass to Dayton Marsh
- No. 10 41-yd pass to Marsh
Cherryvale stung by Yellowjackets in fourth quarter
FREDONIA — A fourth quarter comeback propelled the Fredonia Yellowjackets to a 29-22 win over the Cherryvale Chargers, giving Cherryvale its second straight loss in district play.
Both teams were knotted up at halftime 14-14 before a safety and a touchdown run by Zaine Lantz gave the Chargers a 22-14 advantage heading into the final period.
But the Yellowjackets hung 15 points on the board in the last stanza to steal the win at home.
Cherryvale quarterback Gavin Hooper completed 14-of-33 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Wyatt Gillman led the Chargers with 58 yards rushing on 13 carries, while Lantz had four catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jacobi Barnett added six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
“I thought the kids played hard for four quarters,” Cherryvale head coach Harry Hester said. “We were able to move the ball through the air. Penalties and turnovers stalled some our drives and that hurt us. We held them in check in the run game until the last drive…I thought we improved in some areas and had some players step up in some roles.”
For Fredonia, quarterback John Dutton competed 6-of-14 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns, while the Yellowjackets had 135 yards rushing.
With the loss, Cherryvale drops to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. The Chargers host Douglass in Week 6 as Cherryvale now leads a late-season charge to earn a postseason berth.
Fredonia 29, Cherryvale 22
Cherryvale: 8 6 8 0 — 22
Fredonia: 8 6 0 15 — 29
CH: Gavin Hooper 21-yard pass to Jacobi Barnett, 8-0
FR: John Dutton 5-yard pass to Cooper Odell, 8-8
CH: Hooper 31-yard pass to Zaine Lantz, 14-8
FR: Dutton 87-yard pass to Layne Mayeske, 14-14
CH: Safety, 16-14
CH: Lantz 1-yd run, 22-14
FR: Dutton 40-yd pass to Nick Hibbard, 22-22
FR: Buddy Claibourn 1-yd run, 22-29
Oswego wins bounce-back thriller over West Elk
OSWEGO — Oswego fell behind by three touchdowns to start Friday’s matchup with West Elk, but the Indians scratched out a 54-50 win.
Nic Moreno scored on three rushing plays for the Patriots in the opening quarter before Oswego got on the board with just under three minutes left in the period when quarterback Isac Elliott hit Jesse Blummer for a 14-yard touchdown. Elliott scored again on a 1-yard run to make the score 28-16 West Elk at halftime.
Oswego started the third quarter with a pair of touchdowns, one on another Elliott run and the other by Jace Wilson. That put the Indians ahead 30-28. The Patriots, though, scored twice more in the third quarter to pull ahead again. Ethan Sinclair scored with no time left in the third quarter for Oswego.
In the final period, Wilson scored twice, and the Indians held West Elk to one touchdown to seal the win.
The Indians improved to 4-1 with the win and will play at Central Burden on Friday.
Oswego 54, West Elk 50
West Elk: 820148—50
Oswego: 0 162216—54
WE: Nic Moreno, 7-yard run (Devin Loudermilk run)
WE: Moreno, 4-yard run (run failed)
WE: Moreno, 4-yard run (pass failed)
OS: Jesse Blummer, 14-yard pass from Isac Elliott (Jace Wilson run)
WE: Moreno, 54-yard run (pass failed)
OS: Elliott, 1-yard run (Elliott run)
OS: Elliott, 6-yard run (pass failed)
OS: Wilson, 2-yard run (Elliott run)
WE: Loudermilk, 6-yard run (Moreno, pass from Loudermilk)
WE: Loudermilk, 10-yard run (run failed)
OS: Ethan Sinclair, 5-yard run (Elliott run)
OS: Wilson, 4-yard run (Wilson run)
OS: Wilson, 39-yard run (Eillott run)
WE: Loudermilk, 5-yard run (Loudermilk run)