Bulldogs rip through Iola JV

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s junior varsity only scored once in Monday’s game at Independence. Drew Shepherd (51) blocks a Bulldog punt with the help of pressure from Corey Taylor (88). Iola’s Devin Culler (78) recovered the football in the end zone for a touchdown.

INDEPENDENCE — Drew Shepherd was all over the field defensively for the Iola High Mustang junior varsity football team Monday.
Good for him but not a good indicator for the Mustangs as a whole. Iola had to play too much defense in a 32-7 loss to the Independence High Bulldogs.
Shepherd’s blocked punt with 2:52 left in the first quarter was the only way Iola got into the end zone. Shepherd and Corey Taylor put the rush on Independence’s punter Willie Rayl and Shepherd blocked the punt.
The football bounced back into the end zone where Iola’s Devin Culler recovered it for the score. Christian Kauth kicked the extra point and Iola was up 7-6.
But not for long as Cash Holt ripped off a 90-yard run to paydirt on the Bulldogs’ next possession. It was one of four long scoring plays for the host team Monday.
“Consistency is the key for us right now. At times tonight we played darn good and at times we played darn bad,” said Mike Delange, Iola High assistant coach.
“We have to find a way to put four quarters together.”
Delange said the Mustangs played good defensively although they gave up some big plays for scores. Offensively, “we’d drive the ball then make too many mental mistakes.”
Shepherd had four solo tackles and five assisted tackles, three quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery. Kyle Heffern had one unassisted tackle, nine assists and a fumble recovery. Carlin Turner had two solo stops and three assisted tackles and Kauth had one solo and three assisted tackles.
Freshman Tyler Clubine rushed for 79 yards on 17 carries for Iola. Iola had 61 yards on 30 carries rushing for the game.
Kauth had nine carries for a minus-21 yards. Drew Walden had one carry for one yard, Stephen McDonald had one carry for two yards and Zeph Larney had two carries for no yards.
Kauth was 6 of 22 passing for 60 yards and two interceptions. Taylor, Clint Heffern and Shelton Reno each had two catches for 20 yards.
For Independence, Marcus Goodspeed had a 39-yard run for a score and had a two-point conversion run following Gage Osburn’s 43-yard touchdown pass play from Dalton Coda in the first quarter.
The Bulldog junior varsity led 20-7 after the first quarter. Craig Marshall had a four-yard run in the second period. In the third quarter T.J. Reed took a pass from Coda to score, covering 55 yards.
Iola’s freshmen play at home against Anderson County High School Thursday. Kickoff is at 5 p.m.
The Iola junior varsity and freshmen play at home next Monday against Coffeyville, starting at 5 p.m.