WAMEGO — The Wamego offense was rolling on all cylinders on Friday night, and it was too much for Chapman to keep up.
Red Raiders quarterback Kyler Alderson scored seven touchdowns as Wamego pounded the Irish 54-14 in a physical game that had more than a few injuries.
Chapman did manage to score the first touchdown of the season on the Red Raiders’ stout defense, scoring on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and adding a 4-yard run in the third quarter.
Wamego coach Dale Burkholder said Chapman, which had two running backs combine for 262 yards on the ground, might have found a few weaknesses in his defense.
“Our offense played great, but defensively we might have gotten exposed because they ran the ball on us a little bit. We’ll watch the film and see what we need to do.”
The Wamego offense outscored Chapman 41-6 in the first half alone, scoring almost at will on short drives. Wamego had six possessions in the first half, and scored each time it had the ball. All six possessions averaged less than three minutes.
Burkholder said Alderson and his receiving corps were on key.
“Kyler cut them apart, and our receivers found open areas,” he said. “We were pretty exciting to watch. We’ve got a lot of weapons, big time weapons.”
Wamego opened the game with a four-play drive capped by a 37-yard touchdown run from Kameron Quinn. Quinn left the game early in the second quarter and didn’t return after rushing six times for 69 yards.
Alderson hit his first touchdown pass on a 10-yard strike to John Ten Eyck in the corner of the end zone. On the next drive, he found Trenton York for a 22-yard touchdown pass. York finished with four catches for 101 yards, all touchdowns.
Alderson opened the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run, and then Chapman set up its first score with a 29-yard pass to Gavin Canady that had a facemask penalty tacked on the end of it. Logan Lexow punched it in from a yard out.
Wamego responded with a pair of touchdown passes from Alderson to York to lead 41-6 by halftime.
Alderson ended Chapman’s first drive of the second half with an interception, and then found Wyatt Totten for a 52-yard touchdown pass two plays later.
The Irish scored their second touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive, as quarterback Bryce Winters rushed in from 4 yards out.
During that drive, the Red Raiders lost sophomore linebacker Shawn Burns to injury, as he was taken from the field on a stretcher with his neck immobilized. On top of Quinn and Burns’ injuries, the Red Raiders saw others leave the game and not return with nagging injuries.
Burkholder said it was an extremely physical game.
“We had some injuries coming in and we were physical,” he said. “We played hard, so we all got bruised up a little bit.”
Alderson put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 49-yard touchdown pass to York. Alderson finished 20-of-24 passing for 353 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for 43 yards and a score.
Lexow finished the game with 23 rushes for 131 yards for the Irish, while Robert Walsh had 131 yards on 26 carries. Burkholder said they were a tough pair to stop, and Lexow was especially hard to stop.
“That’s the best back we’ve seen so far, the best team we’ve seen so far, they’ve got a lot of grit, they’re strong up front, they have good athletes, they just didn’t have enough yet to go with it.”