Oswego hangs 64 in Bloody Bucket win over Chetopa
OSWEGO — Jace Wilson scored on a 69-yard kickoff return to open the game Friday night, and the Oswego Indians never looked back.
Oswego scored 48 unanswered points in the first quarter before winning 64-16 in a game called after just two quarters because of the mercy rule.
Wilson scored twice more in the first quarter on runs and passed 20 yards to Lance Teal for another touchdown. Jace Landes ran for a 72-yard touchdown before Ethan Sinclair scored on a 33-yard run to cap scoring in the first quarter.
Levi George added a short touchdown run in the second quarter before Chetopa finally got on the board. Wyatt Vanatta scored on a 10-yard run for the Hornets followed by Damon Wilkerson’s 75-yard interception return. Blake Wolf scored on a pass from Harley Smith for Oswego’s final points.
The Indians compiled 319 rushing yards on 31 carries while holding the Hornets to 74 yards on the ground. Oswego’s defense also recorded four interceptions.
Oswego will play Marmaton Valley at home on Friday.
OS: Jace Wilson, 69 kickoff return (Wilson run)
OS: Wilson, 4 run (Isaac Elliott run)
OS: Lance Teal, 20 pass from Wilson (Elliott run)
OS: Wilson, 19 run (Teal, pass from Wilson)
OS: Jace Landes, 72 run (Ethan Sinclair run)
OS: Sinclair, 33 run (Harley Smith run)
OS: Levi George, 6 run (Colton Goddard, pass from Smith)
CH: Wyatt Vanatta, 10 run (Vanatta run)
CH: Damon Wilkerson, 75 interception return (Vanatta run)
OS: Blake Wolf, pass from Smith (George run)
Pittsburg steamrolls Labette County
ALTAMONT — Pittsburg rolled to a 40-0 win over Labette County Friday night in the opening tilt of the 2019 season.
Turnovers hurt Labette County’s offense Friday, an issue that Labette County head coach Sean Price said the team will work on this week.
Pittsburg was up 14-0 with six minutes left in the second quarter, he said, and the Grizzlies had turned the ball over three times on offense. The defense didn’t step onto the field the first half.
Once defense got into the game, they did well, Price said, limiting the Purple Dragons to six points in the second half.
“Our defense played unreal.”
The Purple Dragons are a large, physical team and the Grizzlies were not intimidated, Price said.
He credits the coaches for preparing the defense and special teams for Pittsburg.
“Those kids played hard. Never gave up. I couldn’t be happier with our defense. We just have to go back to work on offense,” Price said.
Starting quarterback Austin Jones, who was hurt in the Grizzly jamboree game last week, will be out for at least another week, but Price wasn’t sure when he would return to the lineup. He said he has some ideas on signal caller duties for next week.
The offensive line will need improvement as well. He said Chase Evans ran the ball well for the Grizzlies and the receivers have talent, too.
“Losing Austin last week obviously puts us into a big loop of a change where we have no experience at quarterback. We got a couple of ideas for next week. I think you’re going to see a vast improvement next week,” Price said.
Labette County, now 0-1, will travel to Independence next Friday.
St. Paul overcomes slow start against Sedan
SEDAN — It was rough beginning for St. Paul on Friday night, but the Indians turned it around in a big way, beating Sedan 62-14 in opening-night high school football action.
“I thought we got off to a slow start,” coach Keith Wiatrak said.
The Indians fumbled the ball and allowed the Devils to take an early lead when they struck on a touchdown pass. St. Paul then fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The Indian offense barely touched the ball until about three minutes were left in the first quarter.
Once Adam Albertini and his offense got going, though, they were unstoppable.
Albertini accounted for six touchdowns on the night, five on the ground and one through the air to Aiden Smith. Two of Albertini’s rushing TDs were from at least 48 yards out. Albertini ran for 229 yards on 14 touchdowns and passed three times for 47 yards. He ran the ball only three times in the second half.
After halftime, Easton Dent and Chandler Bradshaw combined for 76 yards on 14 carries. Wiatrak played his freshmen in the fourth quarter.
Wiatrak credited the St. Paul offensive line for helping Albertini get loose. He said Dent led the defensive effort.
“Easton Dent played outstanding on defense. He had some hard hits and set the tone,” Wiatrak said.
The Indians will play Wichita Life Prep, a homeschool team, on Friday night at Wichita.
SE: Osborn, 15 pass from Tayte Halderman (PAT failed)
SP: Adam Albertini, 32 run (Chandler Bradshaw run)
SP: Aiden Smith, 3 pass from Albertini (Albertini run)
SP: Albertini, 27 run (Easton Dent run)
SP: Albertini, 48 run (Bradshaw, pass from Albertini)
SP: Albertini, 11 run (Albertini run)
SP: Albertini, 50 run (PAT failed)
SP: Albertini, 11 run (PAT failed)
SE: Campbell, 15 pass from Halderman (Halderman run)
Caney Valley proves too much for Cherryvale
CHERRYVALE — The Cherryvale Chargers hung on for a while on Friday night against Caney Valley but ultimately lost 42-6.
The Chargers trailed by only seven after the first quarter and made it 7-6 in the second period, but it was downhill for Cherryvale from then on.
Cherryvale coach Harry Hester said the Chargers’ effort was tremendous in the first half.
“I thought Gavin Hooper threw the ball well, and our receivers made some plays. We had to make some personel changes early due to injury, and that limited us a little on both sides of the ball,” Hester said.
Hooper completed 11 passes on 22 attempts for 154 yards. His leading receiver was Zaine Lantz with four receptions and 60 yards.
The Chargers’ only touchdown came when Hooper fumbled at the Bullpups’ 1-yard line and Seth Mahurin recovered it.
Defensively outside of a few big plays and giving the Bullpups a short field late in the first half, Hester thought the Chargers hung in well against a bigger 3A opponent. Cherryvale is a 2A team.
Playing defense, Hooper grabbed an interception.
“We will look at the film and coach our guys up this week to correct a few things and get ready to play Bluestem,” Hester said.
The Bluestem game will be on the road on Friday.