Week 5 high school football roundup
by Dennis Sharkey
The McLouth Bulldogs’ defense got four turnovers, including a fumble recovered for a touchdown by T.J. Crowell, and handed the Jefferson County North Chargers a 41-6 loss at home.
The Bulldogs got started quickly with Shawn Dailey’s 45-yard run to the JCN 15 yard line. Dailey scored five plays later and McLouth led 6-0.
The Chargers were not so lucky against the Bulldogs in holding onto the ball. In the prior game versus Troy the Chargers were able to minimize the damage when the ball was put on the ground and the Trojans committed more penalties.
The Chargers were called for holding on their second play and on the next play a fumble on the handoff was recovered by the Bulldogs at the JCN 34 yard line.
The Chargers rebounded from the fumble and got the ball back when Sam Gerety recovered a McLouth fumble at their own 36 yard line.
However, the mistake bug bit again on the next play when JCN quarterback Dalton Minor fumbled the ball twice before Cody Rhyne picked it up for a loss of 10 yards. The Chargers were called for a false start and were backed up further.
The Chargers were forced to punt and a bad snap sailed over the head of Minor. Minor tried to recover but the ball bounced away from him. Gerety tried to pick up the ball in the end zone but had it knocked away by a Bulldog defender. Crowell was there for the Bulldogs to pounce on the ball for a touchdown with just over four minutes left in the first quarter. The kick was good and the Bulldogs led 13-0.
Both teams’ defenses forced punts on the next possessions and the Chargers got the ball back with a minute left in the first quarter. But, Derek Belveal fumbled on the first snap and the Bulldogs recovered at the JCN 30 yard line.
Nine plays later the Bulldogs scored on quarterback Marc Walbridge’s 1-yard run with 9:18 left in the half and led 20-0.
On the Chargers’ next possession they had trouble moving the ball but were aided by some Bulldog mistakes on fourth down.
Three times on the drive the Bulldogs gave the Chargers a first down on a fourth down play via a penalty. The Chargers faced a fourth down and five yards to go on their own 35 yard line but the Bulldogs were called for offside before the Chargers could punt.
On a third down and 10 yards to go play the Bulldogs stopped the JCN runner in the backfield but were then flagged for talking trash giving the Chargers another first down at the Bulldog 35 yard line.
On the next set of downs the Chargers lost yards on the first down play and were flagged for holding on second down. Facing a fourth down and 12 yards to go the Bulldogs were called for pass interference giving the Chargers another first down. Five plays later Belveal found the end zone on a 4-yard run. The two point conversion pass was intercepted and the Bulldogs still led 20-6.
Before the Chargers could blink McLouth was back in the end zone. It took only 17 seconds and two plays for the Bulldogs to score. Walbridge completed a screen pass to Dailey who slipped by the first defender and scampered down the near sideline for 28 yards. On the next play Walbridge found Tim Culter open for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The kick was good and the Bulldogs regained a three touchdown lead before the half.
The game marked the return of senior Alex Courtney who missed the first four games with a knee injury that he suffered in a pre-season scrimmage.
Courtney saw some action on defense and was worked into the offense with a few runs including a 3-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs’ final score. Courtney also had a nice run earlier in the drive on third down where he broke a couple of tackles for the first down.
Walbridge finished the game with 142 yards passing on 8 of 15 throwing. He threw one interception late in the fourth quarter. Dailey led the Bulldogs with 66 yards on 13 carries.
Week 5 Wrapup
Valley Falls 46
The Valley Falls Dragons built a 14-point halftime lead but ran away from the Bears with a 24-point third quarter to get their first win of the season and the first of district play. The Bears are still looking for their first win.
The Bears got rushing touchdowns from Troy Butner on a 25-yard run and Chris Garst on a 19-yard run. Dylan VanHoutan and Dalton Ricketts each scored on two-point conversion runs. Butner led the Bears on the ground with 52 yards on three carries.
The difference in the game was the Dragons’ ability to rush the ball. The Dragons out-rushed the Bears 280 yards to 155 yards.
Brock Watson led the scoring for the Dragons with three touchdown runs of 13, 12 and 1 yards. Watson also connected with Gates Glassel on a two-point conversion. Watson led all rushers with 88 yards on 12 carries.Elijah Clark scored on a 35-yard run and also connected with Luke Burns on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Clark also rushed for 57 yards on seven carries. Burns also scored on a two-point conversion run. Derek Lassister scored on a 35-yard run and converted two two-point conversions on the ground. Lassiter was second on the team with 75 yards on nine carries. Riley Kearney scored on a two-point conversion run and had 50 yards on six carries.
Jefferson West 7
The Jefferson West Tigers were tied early with Holton after the first quarter but things fell apart after that.
Holton scored 49 unanswered points including 27 in the second quarter.
The Tigers’ only score came on a Mik Barancik 8-yard run.
Royal Valley 8
The Perry-Lecompton Kaws remain undefeated with a win over Royal Valley. The win sets up a game with undefeated Holton at home this Friday.
Senior Luke Kellum found the end zone three times on runs of 40, 23 and 3 yards. He led all rushers with 158 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Jeremy Immenschuh scored on runs of 9 and 1 yards. Immenschuh also found Riley Davis for a 14-yard touchdown reception. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 171 yards. Conner Harden had 87 yards on five receptions.
Jefferson County North 6
The McLouth Bulldogs’ defense got four turnovers including a fumble recovered for a touchdown by T.J. Crowell and handed the Jefferson County North Chargers a 41-6 loss at home.
Senior Alex Courtney saw his first game action of the season. He missed the first four games with a knee injury. Courtney found the end zone on a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Marc Walbridge had 142 yards passing and had a touchdown pass on a 26-yard connection to Tim Culter. Walbridge also had a rushing touchdown. Shawn Dailey had 66 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
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