Golden Tornado beats Iola JV and freshmen

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Blake Appling (54) pulls down Coffeyville Field Kindley High’s Jordan Fields (34) for a loss during Monday night’s junior varsity game at Riverside Park. Coffeyville beat Iola 37-6.
Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High freshman Stephen McDonald (35) breaks through the line for a gain during Monday night’s freshman game against visiting Coffeyville Field Kindley High. Coffeyville won the game 34-0.

Iola High’s junior varsity and freshman football teams showed they could move the football. Unfortunately, there was only one touchdown scored for Iola in Monday’s two home games.
Some miscommunication between Iola High and Coffeyville Field Kindley High led to a scramble by the Mustang teams. Coffeyville’s freshmen showed up to play first while Iola had its junior varsity team warming up.
Quickly the Iola freshmen had to get their shoulder pads on and warm up to play the first game of the night. Coffeyville’s junior varsity team had yet not arrived.
“That put everything out of kilter to start with and our freshmen came out a bit timid,” said Mike Delange, Iola High assistant coach. “We spotted them 19 points before we settled down.
“The freshmen moved the football but we couldn’t get it in the end zone.”
Coffeyville won the freshman game 34-0.
Coffeyville blocked Iola’s first punt of the freshman game. That led to a two-yard touchdown run by Gabe Smallwood. Two minutes later Jeromy Marshal had a 14-yard scoring run for the Golden Tornado freshmen.
Coffeyville has 27 freshmen on its 73-man roster. Iola has 16 freshmen on its 49-man roster.
Coffeyville led 28-0 at halftime. James Jones had a four-yard touchdown run and Luis Grossi returned a punt 65 yards for a score in the second quarter.
The Mustang freshmen held the football for most of the third quarter. They couldn’t finish the long drive with a score.
The only score of the second half came in the fourth quarter. Grossi had an eight-yard run to the end zone.
Iola’s freshmen were led by Stephen McDonald with 66 yards on 20 carries. Levi Ashmore had two carries for 30 yards while Tyler Clubine had 12 carries for eight yards.
Caine Duran gained 10 yards on two carries. Zeph Larney had two yards on two carries and was 0 of 2 passing.
Defensively, Eric Heffern and Eli Grover each had two solo tackles for Iola. Kody Mullins blocked an extra-point kick and had three assisted tackles. Larney had one solo tackle and three assists and Devon Burton had one solo stop and two assists.
Duran recovered a fumble and had an assisted tackle. Joseph Myrick had a solo stop and an assist and Ashmore had one solo tackle. McDonald had three assisted tackles. Clubine and Aaron Barclay each had one assisted tackle.
The junior varsity game went much the same way. Coffeyville led 19-0 on three big plays.
Iola finally moved the ball and punched it over the goal line late in the second quarter. Quarterback Christian Kauth scored from five yards out with 54 seconds left in the first half.
Coffeyville scored three touchdowns in the second half on its way to a 37-6 win.
“Consistency is the key again. We moved the football but couldn’t score. Defensively, we gave up big plays.”
Those big plays were pass plays of 62 yards, 48 yards and 35 yards from Dustin Hurlbutt to Jacob Meyer. All for touchdowns. A 75-yard scoring run by Kaman Holt and a 54-yard touchdown run by Jordan Fields. Fields also had a four-yard run to paydirt.
Kauth rushed for 44 yards on 21 carries and was 15 of 23 passing for 149 yards and two interceptions. Clint Heffern caught nine passes for 95 yards and Denton Christian made five catches for 49 yards.
McDonald carried the football 11 times for 39 yards. Heffern had one carry for minus-three yards. Clubine had one catch for five yards and five carries for a minus-two yards.
Defensively for the Mustang junior varsity, Blake Appling had one solo tackle and four assisted tackles and Devin Culler had one solo and three assists.
Clint Heffern, Kauth, Carlin Turner and Corey Taylor each had two solo tackles. Kyle Heffern had two fumble recoveries, a quarterback sack, one solo tackle and one assist.
Drew Shepherd had a quarterback sack and two solo tackles and one assist. Shelton Reno had two solo stops and one assist.