Indians edge out Wildcats

MORAN — A wild back-and-forth affair wound up hinging on the littlest of things, Marmaton Valley High head coach Dan Uhlrich said.
“It boils down to we missed one more two-point conversion than they did,” Uhlrich said as the Wildcats came up two points shy in a 44-42 loss to St. Paul.
“Our effort was outstanding and we played hard to the end,” Uhlrich said. “We just made more mistakes than St. Paul.”
The homecoming defeat drops Marmaton Valley to 2-2.
The Indians sealed the win with a consecutive touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to erase a 34-30 deficit.
Trailing 44-34, the Wildcats’ Ethan Ericson tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Landon Hammond with 2 minutes left to close the gap to two points. Marmaton Valley regained possession in the waning seconds, but a desperation pass from Ericson was intercepted.
The teams traded scores back and forth throughout, with the score knotted at 6-6 after one period, Marmaton Valley up 20-14 at the break and St. Paul leading 22-20 after three quarters.
Both teams cranked up their offenses in the fourth quarter, with each scoring 22 points.
Ericson, who passed for 338 yards, tossed scoring passes of 38 yards to Skyler Houk, the 31-yarder to Hammond and 32 and 15 yards to Tanner Lewis.
Ericson also scored on a 26-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Hammond also scored on an eight-yard run in the second period.
Houk racked up 126 yards on seven catches, while Hammond had three receptions for 56 and 11 carries for 47 yards. Lewis covered 58 yards on three catches.
Ericson accentuated his 338 yards and four touchdowns with 48 yards on the ground and six tackles on defense.
Logan Booth rushed for 12 yards on four carries.
Other defensive leaders for the Wildcats were Kurtis LaRue and Josh Kale with 10 tackles apiece, Shawn Storrer, Lewis and Randall Kuns with seven and Booth with six. Storrer also recovered a St. Paul fumble.
The Indians rushed for 198 yards in the contest.
The game also marked homecoming festivities for Marmaton Valley. Booth and Alyssa Stewart were crowned king and queen in pregame festivities.
Marmaton Valley travels to Lebo next Friday.
Marmaton Valley 6-14-0-22—42
St. Paul 6-8-8-22—44

SP — No. 84 35 yd pass from No. 34 (PAT failed)
MV — Houk 38 yd pass from Ericson (PAT failed)
MV — Hammond 8 yd run (Hammond)
SP — No. 12 5 yd run (No. 11 run)
MV — Ericson 26 yd run (pass failed)
SP — No. 18 38 yd run (No. 12 pass from No. 18)
MV — Lewis 32 yd pass from Ericson (PAT failed)
SP — No. 34 4 yd run (No. 15 pass from No. 18)
SP — No. 18 1 yd run (PAT failed)
MV — Hammond 31 yd pass from Ericson (Ericson run)