ALTAMONT — The Labette County Grizzlies canonized a new streak on Friday night, winning its second straight game 12-7 over the St. Michael the Archangel Guardians in front of a home crowd.
“Our kids battled hard and the coaches did a really good job,” Labette County head coach Sean Price said. “We threw a lot of different looks at them. I’d rather win two in a row than lose two in a row, so it’s a good thing.”
Labette County picked up the Guardians from Lee’s Summit, Missouri when its original Week 7 opponent, Independence, canceled its game due to a COVID-19 team-wide quarantine.
The Grizzlies’ defense posted a second half shutout for the second straight week, helping fuel the back-to-back wins over Coffeyville and St. Michael.
“The defense are all grinders,” Price said. “They get after people and don’t give up. We had another game where we stood up to the challenge. But our kids buy into the scheme.”
Andrew Jameson led the Grizzlies with 10 tackles including one for a loss. Mitchell House had two sacks while Trent Brock had five tackles.
“(Brock) and the back end did a great job,” Price said. “Andon Searles broke up a pass. Our defensive line had a bunch of sacks. We’re really proud of the kids for that.”
Grizzlies starting quarterback Griffin Eaton accounted for both touchdowns on short runs in the game.
“He played well. He had a big pass early that put us in good field position,” Price said “He’s getting better and sharper and doing a really nice job.”
Friday’s win came with the Grizzlies scheduling the Guardians on short notice. St. Michael the Archangel had only played one Kansas school, St. Mary’s Colgan, giving Labette County a difficult scout.
“You don’t know really when you don’t see anything like that. We did the best we could do and it came down to responsibility on defense,” Price said.
St. Michael the Archangel saw a three-game winning streak end with the defeat.
The win for Labette County improved its overall record to 2-5 on the season with one regular season game — a trip to Chanute — left on the slate.
“It’s a league game. If you have trouble getting up for that, then you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing. We’ll give Chanute our best,” Price said.