High School Football: Week 1 roundup and scores from Sept. 2
Bulldogs take big bite out of Bears
by Dennis Sharkey
Since last season’s opening loss to the Oskaloosa Bears the McLouth Bulldogs have had revenge on their minds. And they played like it.
The Bulldogs thumped the Bears 47-0 on the opening night of high school football at Stan Braksick Sports Complex.
The McLouth rushing attack was too much for the Bears as the Bulldogs racked up 254 yards on the ground and seven rushing touchdowns. The Bulldogs did it without arguably their best player in senior tailback Alex Courtney who sat out with a knee sprain that he suffered in the Bulldog’s scrimage the week before.
Bulldogs’ Head Coach Chris Stewart said after the game that his team was anxious to play this game.
“Our kids executed pretty good and they were fired up and ready to play some football,” Stewart said.
The game started out promising for the Bears who took the opening kickoff and drove down to the Bulldogs’ 30 yard line and picked up three first downs, one via a personal foul.
But the Bulldog defense stiffened and a fake punt from the Bears was sniffed out and the Bulldogs took over at their own 37 yard line. Stewart said his team just needed to shake off the rust.
“I think it was just getting used to playing football,” Stewart said. “Oskie has a really good offense. Every time we play them it just seems like they drive it down the field. Our guys figured it out and started getting it done.”
A penalty and good run defense on first and second down put the Bulldogs in a third and long situation. McLouth junior quarterback Marc Walbridge completed his first pass of the season when he found Cody McHenry who streaked down the right sideline for a 27-yard gain. Six plays later Walbridge took the ball in himself for an opening drive touchdown for the Bulldogs.
On the first play of the second quarter and the first play of the Bulldogs’ second possession junior Dakota Cop ran 38 yards for the Bulldogs’ second score.
The Bears failed to get a first down the rest of the half and punted on the next four possessions before getting a first down in the third quarter.
The only time the Bears kicked off was to begin the second half and down 27-0. The Bulldogs got a 48-yard run by senior Shawn Dailey and on the next play Cameron Humerickhouse found the end zone on a 16-yard run to extend the lead to 34-0 with the extra point kick.
Dailey led the Bulldog rushing attack with 109 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Cop had 66 yards rushing on five carries and a touchdown. T.J. Crowell and Drew Cerny also found the end zone for the Bulldogs. On defense the Bulldogs were led by Charlie Courtney with 11 tackles. McLouth had eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
The Bears, who feature new starters at key postions, will have to figure out things quickly before this Friday when they take on a tough Pleasant Ridge team at home. Head Coach Scott Whaley said a lot of young players got some valuable experience even though the game was a loss.
“It was a frustrating night for sure, but I told the kids you try and handle wins and losses the same,” Whaley said after the game. “Go and see what you did right and what you did wrong and move on from there.
“A lot of kids this is their first varsity game out here tonight,” Whaley added. “Hopefully we got some experience and get better for next week.”
The Bulldogs are back home next week against another county rival, Valley Falls, who lost their opener to Nemaha Valley 37-0. Stewart said he expects Alex Courtney to return for that game. Stewart said he told his team after the game to celebrate the win but to begin focusing on the Dragons.
“That’s a way to start out a football season,” he said. “But next week we’ ve got Valley Falls and to come in prepared and be ready to work again.”
Week 1 Wrap Up
The Kaws got off to a strong start by getting a road victory 28-13 over Marysville.
Quarterback Jeremy Immenschuh threw three touchdown passes including two to Luke Kellum on a 74-yard pass play and a 48-yard pass play. Jonathan Denton also hauled in an eight-yard touchdown pass. Immenschuh also scored on a six-yard touchdown run.
Jefferson West 29
Sumner Academy 18
The Jefferson West Tigers got off to a fast start with a 29-18 win over Kansas City Sumner Academy at home.
The Tigers got a safety in the first quarter from Jared Hasty and trailed early 6-0 but came back to lead 16-12 at the half.
Mik Barancik scored two touchdowns, one on a 24-yard pass from Ian Mullins and another on a 35-yard run. Dalton Dean scored on a 46-yard run and Logan Herring scored on a 20-yard run.
Valley Falls 0
Nemaha Valley 39
The Valley Falls Dragons were defeated 39-0 at home by Nemaha Valley to open the season.
The Dragons trailed 6-0 at the half but the wheels came off in the second half when the Dragons gave up 20 points in the third quarter. The Dragons also gave up a 76-yard kick off return for a touchdown.
Jefferson North 14
Pleasant Ridge 20
The Chargers fell behind early and a late rally fell short as the Pleasant Ridge Rams beat the Jefferson County North 20-14 on Friday in Easton.
The Chargers gave up a 75-yard kickoff return to the Rams. Quarterback Dalton Minor connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass to Mason McMillan. Minor also connected with McMillan on a two-point conversion. Cory Noll also scored on a 52-yard run.
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