Galena gashes Parsons on ground
GALENA — Over 300 yards rushing by the Galena Bulldogs set a common tone for the Parsons Vikings, who fell to Galena 34-14 on Friday night in a district play opener.
Galena ran for 369 yards against Parsons, allowing the Bulldogs to grind out long drives and wear the Vikings down.
“We’ve got eight or nine guys in the box on almost every single play,” Parsons head coach Jeff Schibi said. “There’s only so much you can do as a scheme. We’re doing the best we can. Our guys have to understand how to play for each other on defense. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself to help out a scraping linebacker. We’re not quite there yet.”
Parsons trailed just 18-7 at halftime to Galena after having a touchdown called back on an illegal formation penalty late in the second quarter.
“That was a huge backbreaker at that point,” Schibi said. “But I was proud of the way the kids battled throughout. I know the scoreboard doesn’t reflect it, but the kids never gave up. They kept it up all night long and that’s what we’ve been preaching.”
Yusef Kendrick had one of his best days rushing for the Vikings, racking up 91 yards on 11 carries.
“I was proud of him for running the ball hard,” Schibi said. “I want to give him the ball 25 times a game. We found a few holes for him to run through. But he’s still getting hit in the backfield. If we can give him a crease, he can attack.”
After being blanketed a week ago by Prairie View, wideout Tanner Barcus returned to form with nine catches for 138 yards and a score.
“He played another heck of a game,” Schibi said. “He played well on defense. Offensively, he made plays all night long. He’s been our playmaker and we’ll continue to get him the ball.”
The loss dropped Parsons’ record to 1-3 on the season while Galena improved to 3-0.
“We’re disappointed with the outcome,” Schibi said. “It’s not what we expect or want. But we’ve to find ways to get better in every aspect of the game.”
Parsons returns to Marvel Park in Week 5 to face Baxter Springs in a game with plenty of playoff implications.
“Baxter was only down a touchdown to Columbus at halftime,” Schibi said. “It’s a different atmosphere down there. Their coach has a lot of energy and has the kids bought in. They haven’t experienced any wins yet, but they’ll come to Parsons ready to play. It’ll be a tough opponent.”
Labette County still winless after loss to Wellington
WELLINGTON — Labette County will now head into SEK League play next week without a win to its credit after falling to the Wellington Crusaders 41-12 on Friday night.
“On both sides of the ball, every play happened our side of the field,” Labette County head coach Sean Price said. “That’s tough on us. Wellington was big and physical and we don’t have that size. Our kids fought hard like they always do. But they just beat us up on both sides of the ball.”
The Grizzlies defense, which was vaunted in the first two weeks, has backslid since the injury to Trent Brock. Wellington racked up 323 rushing yards on Friday night.
“Losing Trent Brock has made us really change personnel,” Price said. “We’re moving kids around. We’re adding people in that might not quite be ready to play and that hurts us. You wouldn’t think losing one kid hurts us, but it affects three to four spots.”
Freshman quarterback Griffin Eaton for the Grizzlies threw 43 passes for 140 yards in the loss to Wellington.
“He’s a pretty tough kid that threw the ball well and ran the ball well early,” Price said. “But it’s still difficult. When they made some adjustments, it was tough on him. I thought he held his composure.”
Labette County’s offense was limited to 181 yards in the defeat.
“We had opportunities to make plays open,” Price said. “We had receivers open but we couldn’t get the ball to them. And we dropped some passes. We just don’t have wiggle room for mistakes. Some of our young kids grew up tonight.”
Despite being gutted on the ground, Labette County limited Wellington’s passing attack thanks to the efforts of defensive backs Evan Flatt and Russell McCarty.
“They played lights out for us,” Price said. “Those two guys, I couldn’t be prouder of the way they stepped up tonight.”
Wellington improved to 1-3 with the win, while Labette Country dropped to 0-4. The Grizzlies travel to Fort Scott, which has been quarantined the last two weeks, to open league play next week. It will be Labette County’s fourth road game to start the year.
“I don’t know how different they would be from last year,” Price said. “We’re just worried about ourselves right now. We need consistency on both sides of the ball.”