Week 2 C-T-area HS FB roundup – Hamilton, Brookfield, Polo, Marceline win again on another stormy weekend
Another late-week storm system again wreaked havoc on scheduled high school football action around the region this past weekend, but it didn’t prevent the Braymer/Breckenridge co-op program from making history.
Having converted from 11-man style to 8-man following 2015, the Braymer-bannered program captured its first triumph in the new (to it) style Friday, defeating the Pattonsburg/Gilman City/North Harrison co-op club 38-20.
The game originally was supposed to be Braymer’s 2016 home opener, but a delay in getting sod in place for its newly-reconfigured field caused Friday’s game to be switched to Pattonsburg. Presumably, next year’s clash will be at Braymer, where the hope is that the sod will be rooted enough that the next slated home game – which also is due to be Homecoming – can go on as scheduled on Sept. 16, Braymer athletics director Mitch Barnes reports.
While Braymer-Breckenridge was prevailing in week two, so were four area teams which, unlike BHS’ Bobcats, had opened the new season with week one wins. On Friday, Brookfield defeated Ewing: Highland 28-18, Polo crushed Slater 69-26, and Marceline handled Knox County 42-8. After being postponed a day, Hamilton also moved to 2-0 Saturday with a 47-0 shutout of Gallatin.
Coming up short of victory in week two were Trenton, which lost a second-straight time, this time to Lexington
38-0, and Carrollton, which dropped a 13-12 decision to Westran.
Braymer/Breckenridge 38, Pattonsburg/Gilman City/North Harrison 20
PATTONSBURG — A week after falling far, far behind in the first half before having the better of the last two periods of a loss, the Bobcats (1-1, 1-1 conf.) switched roles Friday and prospered in Grand River Conference play.
First-quarter touchdown runs of 43 yards by Ryan Atherton and three yards by quarterback Keaton O’Dell and a second-period scoring dash of 29 yards by Robbie Shoe put the Bobcats in front 18-0. Charlie Henderson’s 7-yards reception of an O’Dell throw then made it 24-0 at the half. When O’Dell cracked in from a yard out and also ran in the conversion in the third stanza, the visitors were in front 32-0.
That seemingly-commanding lead shrank considerably before the fourth quarter arrived, though, as the home team punched the ball in three times on runs of 48, 31, and 17 yards to draw within 32-20.
Braymer-Breckenridge’s defense then knuckled down again, blanking the foe in the last quarter while O’Dell scored a third time on a 4-yards run.
Statistically, Shoe unofficially gained 119 yards on 19 rushes and also caught two of O’Dell’s three completions for another 35 yards.
Braymer is due to visit Worth County for more GRC action this Friday.
Hamilton 47, Gallatin 0
GALLATIN — Hornets senior quarterback Jaran Richman hit Derek Dixon with touchdown strikes of 73 yards and one yard and hooked up with LaTroy Harper for a 30-yarder while completing eight of 11 attempts for 179 yards in Friday’s rivalry-game win.
Led by nine tackles each by Quinn Brown and Garrett Trosper, Hamilton
(2-0) shackled the hosts on only 77 total yards. Their defense even outscored GHS via a 16-yards interception return by sophomore Michael Roberts for the game’s last touchdown in the final frame.
Harper had five receptions for 94 yards and Dixon three for 85.
Hamilton opens KCI Conference play at home this week, hosting Lathrop.
Polo 69, Slater 26
POLO — The host Panthers’ first-string offense nuked the Wildcats for 45 first-period points with All-State running back Gunner Martin gaining 170 yards and tallying four touchdowns on six carries before sitting out the last three periods on offense.
Dalton Frazier added 47 rushing yards, scoring each of the three times he packed the pigskin.
Defensively, Alex Scott was in on eight tackles with three sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery, PHS head coach Kyle Ross reports.
Polo starts Grand River Conference 11-man division play this week at Bethany against South Harrison.
Brookfield 28, Ewing: Highland 18
EWING, Mo. — The host Cougars gave Brookfield’s Bulldogs a decent battle, but the final score is a bit deceptive as Highland scored on the final play to cut the closing margin to 10.
BHS’ Cale Horton ran for four touchdowns and 188 yards in the Clarence Cannon Conference contests as the Bulldogs (2-0, 2-0 conf.) prevailed. His first carry of the night went 81 yards to the Highland end zone.
Defensively, Drake Menconi’s 13 tackles led BHS, which, according to the Linn County Leader, had trouble with talented Cougars quarterback Andrew Schultz. He threw for 200 yards and ran for about 100 more.
Brookfield visits Marceline this week in their annual rivalry “Bell Game.”
Marceline 42, Knox County 8
EDINA, Mo. — New Lewis and Clark Conference rival Knox County came into the game with the defending league champs with a sense their speed could give the iron-gated “Black Rage” defense of Marceline’s Tigers some trouble.
Then again, maybe not.
The Tigers did not get their almost-customary shutout, but did blank the Eagles after a first-period touchdown run.
Meanwhile, with one of its top players, Brady Stallo, gimpy and seeing only limited duty, Marceline turned to Dylan Wheeler to be the “big wheel” in its attack on this night. He responded with three touchdown runs and, unofficially, 171 rushing yards.
Marceline will host Brookfield this Friday for their annual “Bell Game” rivalry duel.
Lexington 38, Trenton 0
TRENTON, Mo. — In a game delayed by lightning for more than three hours at halftime and not finished until early Saturday, the visiting Minutemen routed the Bulldogs.
Defensively for THS, Jeffrey White had a pair of first-half interceptions, which ended with a 10-0 Lexington lead.
Trenton will play its first-ever Grand River Conference football game this Friday, hosting Putnam County.
Westran 13, Carrollton 12
HUNTSVILLE, Mo. — Barely two minutes after Sean Puffpaff’s 38-yards sweep had giving Carrollton (1-1) a 12-6 lead, Westran quarterback Austin Sears – on an audible, the Moberly Monitor-Index reports – hit Chris Evans with a 32-yards touchdown toss and the host Hornets kicked the decisive extra point.
Sears, who threw for 142 yards and both WHS scores on 11-of-17 accuracy and ran 23 times for 91 yards, then sealed Carrollton’s fate by making a leaping interception of a pass at around midfield.
Carrollton will go to Cole Camp this Friday.