After a close shave versus Mid-East League foe St. Marys to start the 2021 season last week, Riley County broke out Friday, beating Minneapolis 42-21.
The Falcons (2-0) had a rocky start, scoring just once in the first quarter on a 40-yard run by quarterback Trey Harmison. But they scored three touchdowns in the second quarter (compared to a single score by Minneapolis) to push their lead to 27-7 at the half.
A safety by Samson Waggoner and two more touchdowns (one by Harmison and another by Blake Brokenicky, his second) grew the Falcons’ lead to 35 points heading into the fourth quarter. The Lions scored twice in the fourth quarter but didn’t come close to changing the result.
Harmison had a big day both on the ground and through the air, going 6-for-13 for 94 yards and an interception while rushing for 136 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries.
Brokenicky had 11 carries for 110 yards and two scores and Kolton Payne grabbed three catches for 45 yards.
Defensively, Zak Zeller led the team in tackles with six and Jace Ricketts and Lukas Kulp each snagged an interception. Kulp and Brooks Redden also recovered fumbles.
Up next, the Falcons will travel to traditional Mid-East League power Silver Lake (2-0).
Wabaunsee holds tough at Uniontown
Wabaunsee is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2005 after a 17-6 win over Uniontown.
Quarterback Cade Oliver scored on a 5-yard pass to wide receiver (and brother) Eli in the first quarter to draw first blood, and Brayden Meseke knocked in a 40-yard field goal to push the lead to 9-0 going at the half.
Uniontown trimmed the deficit to three after a third-quarter touchdown, but in the fourth quarter, Wabaunsee sealed the win with a 12-yard touchdown run from Aiden Boeckman and a two-point conversion from Zach Frank.
Cade Oliver went 5-for-10 for 50 yards and a touchdown and Wyatt Wurtz went 2-for-3 for 10 yards.
Frank had seven carries for 113 yards and Boeckman had nine carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. Eli Oliver had three catches for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Tate Deever led the way with 13 tackles followed by 12 for Bryton Reves. Meseke recovered a fumble.
Up next, Wabaunsee will host Troy (1-1).
Wamego rebounds versus Marysville
After a one-point, four-overtime loss versus Concordia to start the season, Wamego found its groove Friday, beating Marysville 28-7.
Wamego (1-1) got up early on a 7-yard touchdown run from Chase Cottam with 4:33 to play in the first quarter.
Star quarterback Hayden Oviatt got going in the second quarter, scoring twice through the air to wide receiver Ledjor Rowden, one a 66-yard pass and the other a 17-yard.
Oviatt ran in the two-point conversion on the second score to put Wamego up 20-0
Marysville (0-2) got its lone touchdown with 13 seconds left in the half to cut the hosts’ lead to 20-7.
Wamego scored its final touchdown on a 37-yard Oviatt pass to Donnelly, pushing the Red Raider lead to 21 after a two-point conversion run from Hunter Phillimore.
Individual stats from the game were unavailable as of press time.
Up next, Wamego will travel to Clay Center (2-0).
Frankfort High wallops Wetmore 43-0
Frankfort High built off its dominant Week 1 win with a defensive strangling of Wetmore, winning 43-0.
A 23-point first quarter coupled with 14 points in the second put Frankfort (2-0) up 37-0 at the half. The Wildcats added six more in the third to finish off the Cardinals (0-2) Frankfort’s varsity only played the first quarter.
Running back Lane Loiseau and quarterback Caden Dalinghaus both had big days on the ground.
Loiseau ran for 152 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Dalinghaus ran for 102 yards and four touchdowns on seven carries for. Ty Smith ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Dalinghaus threw just one pass, which went for 34 yards to Peyton Gerstner.
Caden Combs led the way in tackles with eight, while Zavier Brandt had three tackles for loss, including a sack.
Frankfort will try to stay undefeated next week when it hosts Onaga (0-2).
Top-ranked Rossville roughs up Rock Creek
One of the toughest two-game starts in the state concluded Friday, when Rock Creek fell 56-14 to Rossville, the top-ranked team in Class 2A.
Last week, Rock Creek opened its season with a 34-28 loss to Silver Lake, the No. 2 team in 2A.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Dalton Whitworth connected with Daegen Vinduska on a 42-yard pass for Mustangs’ (0-2) first score of the day.
Rossville (2-0) added 10 more points before the half and then scored 25 unanswered in the third quarter to push its lead to 56-7.
Rock Creek added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter: a 16-yard pass from Whitworth to Ethan Burgess.
Whitworth went 10-for-26 with 111 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.
Jaydon Winans led the Mustangs in rushing with 71 yards on 10 carries followed by 15 yards on four carries from Whitworth.
Burgess had 50 receiving yards (including a touchdown) on five catches and Vinduska had two receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Maddox Ibarra led the way defensively, collecting eight tackles, followed by six for Yanci Spiller.
The Mustangs will look for their first win of the season next week, when they travel to Marysville.
Valley Heights loses to Jefferson Co. North
After having its season opener versus Marysville canceled because of a coronavirus quarantine, Valley Heights opened its season on Saturday at Jefferson County North (1-1) and lost 20-0.
Stats from the game were unavailable as of press time.
Valley Heights (0-1) will return home next week and take on Horton (0-2).
Blue Valley-Randolph crushed at Axtell
Blue Valley (Randolph) struggled on the road Friday night, falling to Axtell 68-6 in a game that ended via mercy rule at halftime. It marks the second time in as many games the Rams’ contest ended early. Stats were unavailable as of press time.
Next week, the Rams (0-2) will have their home opener versus 8-man powerhouse Hanover (2-0).