WELLSVILLE—The Santa Fe Trail Chargers got off to a good start with a big first half Friday night, but had to rally in the final minutes to pull off a big win over Wellsville Friday night on the road.
“It was one of the best high school football games I have ever been a part of,” said Jayson Duncan, Chargers’ head coach. “Two really good teams who played extremely hard. I loved our effort and our toughness.”
After leading 20-8 in the first half, the Chargers went scoreless for most of the second half. Wellsville scored a pair of touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to take a 21-20 lead in the final minutes.
“We were able to move the ball on the ground all game,” Duncan said. “We stalled a couple of times inside their 20, and that gave them confidence to crawl back into it. We need to finish those drives and put them away. But give credit to Wellsville, they are really good.”
Santa Fe Trail pulled out the win as leading rusher Peyton Newton crossed into the end zone with 16 seconds left in the game. Newton led the Chargers with two touchdowns and 222 yards on the night, breaking 1,000 yards on the season after just five games.
Will Herren led the defense with 13 tackles; Dacoda Kincaid had 12 tackles; Newton had 11 tackles and Gage Greenfield had 10.
“Our defense stood strong and some of our seniors stepped up big,” Duncan said. “Our offensive line was tremendous behind Josh (Elly), Jake (Hastings) and Gage.”
The Chargers (5-0) wrap up league play with a home game against Prairie View at 7 p.m. Friday, where a win would seal a league sweep.
“It feels good to reach our goal as Pioneer League champs,” Duncan said.
Santa Fe Trail 6 14 0 6 — 26
Wellsville 0 8 6 7 — 21
Passes Comp-Att-Int 1-4-1 8-17-1
Passing Yards 15 165
Rushing Att-Yards 56-376 37-171
Totals Yards 391 336
Total Plays 66 52
First Downs 20 17
Penalties-Yards 10-85 5-55
Possession Time 28:37 19:23
Tigers shut down Council Grove
COUNCIL GROVE—The Lyndon Tigers secured their seventh straight league title with 26-8 win over undefeated Council Grove to move up to 4-0 in the Flint Hills League and 5-0 overall.
“I thought we played very well defensively,” said Brent Hoelting, Lyndon head coach. “Anytime you can hold a team below 100 yards of offense, that’s a great effort. Our defensive line and linebackers were outstanding all night long.”
Mason Slusher led the defense with 12 tackles and Trystan Pringle had 11 tackles. Swinehart had a pair of interceptions.
The Tigers scoring relied on their rushing game, led by Dexton Swinehart, who had 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries. Rylan Burn ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries; Jaden Hielscher added 54 yards and Cody Anderson had 24.
“We had two guys have over 100 yards rushing in and we had almost 400 yards of offense, so we believe if we can clean those things up we have a chance to be really potent offensively,” Hoelting said. “We played well at times, but we were very inconsistent. We didn’t communicate well and missed way too many blocking assignments, and penalties, which meant we had some drives stall inside the red zone.”
Burns completed 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards; Hielscher had a 13-yard cartch for a touchdown, Jamie Reed had one for 37 yards, and Swinehart had 3 for 15 yards.
The Tigers (5-0) will host Osage City, who lost a 38-36 battle with Mission Valley, at 7 p.m. Friday in Lyndon.
Lyndon 6 6 8 6 — 26
Council Grove 0 8 0 0 — 8
Bearcats wipe out Onaga
BURLINGAME—The Burlingame Beacats continue their undefeated season with a 48-0 shutout of Onaga Friday at home, moving up to 2-0 in their district.
“I think we are at a good spot right now, sitting at 5-0,” said Jeff Slater, Bearcats’ head coach.
The Bearcats rushed in the win, scoring seven touchdowns in just over three quarters of play, ending the game with 5:31 remaining in the fourth quarter. Dalton Sporing led Burlingame with 2-15 and 48-yard touchdown runs, rushing for a total of 110 yards on 5 carries. Dominic Buterakos had 44 yards on 10 carries, including a touchdown; and Seth Greenwood had 67 yards on 7 carries.
Sporing also completed 7 of 11 passes for 106 yards, including a touchdown and a conversion.
“Sporing is off to a great start,” Slater said. “We are still improving each week with our timing in the passing game, as we had all new starters at receivers.”
Montana Giffin had 4 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Kade Kline also completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Raymond Hovestadt.
Anthony Hovestadt led the defense with 10 tackles; Kosta Buterakos and Tristan Lee each had 7 tackles.
“The biggest surprise to me this season has been our defense,” Slater said. “We only returned three starters from a year ago, and a lot of kids have really stepped up this year. We have recorded two shutouts, and only given up 34 points all year.”
The Bearcats host Clifton-Clyde (5-0) in a battled for district at 7 p.m. Friday in Burlingame.
“This week’s game is a must win for us if we want to have the chance at a home playoff game,” Slater said. “We still need to take a one game at a time approach as we still have the tougher part of our schedule. We take pride in our conditioning and the style of football we play and we hope with a great home crowd on Friday. Clyde will have to play at our level in order to beat us.”
Onaga 0 0 0 0 — 0
Burlingame 18 24 6 0 — 48`