Several HOPL football teams moved to 2-1 in week three. Others will head to week four still looking for that first victory.
Eight-man football can net some funny scores. Last week, South Haven blanked the Chieftains 40-0. Friday night, South Barber moved to 2-1 with a shutout of its own, taking down HOPL-foe Attica 50-0. The Chieftains scored 24 points in the second quarter to lead 38-0 at the half, then ending things in the third quarter with two more scores.
Sophomore quarterback Peyton Yandel had a hand in both first quarter scores, running in from 27 yards out, then finding Jace Thurman for a 23-yard strike. Dylon Allison kicked off a busy second quarter with a 37-yard punt return for a score. After Yandel scored from a yard out, the Chieftain defense forced a safety for a 32-0 lead. Yandel continued his assault, passing to Gale Girty for a 20-yard touchdown. In the second half, it was again Yandel running in from 30 yards, then connecting with Thurman for the game-ending 21-yard touchdown pass. Yandel had a hand in all six offensive touchdowns, completing all eight passes for 139 yards.
The Trojans have bounced back nicely after a week one loss to Central Plains. Stafford downed Central Christian 60-14 on Friday to improve to 2-1. The Trojans have outscored their last two opponents, both from the HOPL, 110-14.
The Trojans opened a 14-0 lead after one quarter, then burned up the turf as part of a 58-point second quarter. Stafford came away with 44 of those points to end the game by halftime. Tristin Paulsen rushed for 158 yards and two scores on 14 carries. Quarterback Austin Ceniti ran for two more scores, taking nine carries for 49 yards. Ceniti also completed three-of-four passes for 48 yards. Ethan Johnson rushed 12 times for 50 yards but was unable to find the end zone on offense. He did return a punt 52 yards for a score. Chad Hildebrand had three receptions in the win for 48 yards.
The Falcons were headed for a loss against Kinsley on Friday. Leading 12-8 at the half, but trailing 24-18 with a quarter to play, Fairfield outscored the Coyotes 22-6 in the final quarter for a 40-30 win. The Falcons are now 2-1 on the year.
Wayne Schoenecker and Cannon Burns each ran for more than 100 yards at 120 and 112, respectively. Both had runs for 40 yards. Eric Schoenecker was not far behind, taking 12 carries for 85 yards. Quarterback Ryan Ewy completed 6-of-10 passes for 95 yards, a score, and two interceptions. Brennyn Pankratz had three catches for 58 yards, and Wayne Schoenecker added 33 yards on two receptions.
After putting up 52 points combined in its first two games, the T-Bird football team ran into unbeaten South Central on Friday night. The Timberwolves needed just two quarters to hand winless Skyline a 50-0 loss.
South Central tallied 407 yards of total offense in the two quarters, compared to just 62 yards from Skyline. Senior running back Brandon Baird finished with 25 rushing yards on seven attempts. Dustin Weber added eight yards on four tries for the offense that netted just 20 yards on the ground. Baird completed his one pass for 30 yards, and quarterback Cole Patterson went 1-for-4 on his passing tries for 12 yards. Sam Howell caught both passes to lead the offense with 42 yards.
The Chargers stretched Friday’s football game out for four quarters, but Tescott commanded things from the start. The Trojans took a 38-0 lead into the half before Burrton put three scores on the board in the second half in a 62-24 loss. The Chargers fall to 0-3.
Burrton did manage to run for 155 yards, though they needed 56 carries from five backs. Quarterback Caleb Hurst led the pack with 74 yarsd on 26 tries. Davon Demaris added 48 yards on 17 carries. Hurst threw for one of the touchdowns, completing one-of-four passes for 27 yards. Daniel Bingham brought in that catch for the score.