Lancers defeat Indians

ST. PAUL — A wet and muddy field, courtesy of rains earlier in the day, made it feel more more like duck hunting weather than football, Crest High head coach Brent Smith joked.
But by the end of the contest, host St. Paul High likely felt more like the hunted.
The Lancers rolled up 358 rushing yards to open the 2009 season with a convincing 44-12 victory over St. Paul.
“It was a good opening night,” Smith said. “We got a solid start on defense, and with the personnel we have this year, we figured we’d have some success running the ball.”
Leading the charge was freshman quarterback Kyle Hammond, who rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns — covering 69, 4, 17 and 7 yards — in his high school debut.
So while Crest likely Dakota Ramsey added touchdown runs of 3 and 25 yards and Micah Smith scored on a 27-yard touchdown run.
The Lancers led 20-0 after one period and 32-0 at intermission.
About the only blemish on an otherwise perfect evening came in Crest’s two-point conversions. The Lancers converted only one of seven attempts.
“Gives us something to work on,” Smith said.
Ramsey added 75 rushing yards, M. Smith had 51 yards on the ground and Newton rushed for 46. Hammond completed 2 of 5 passes for 53 yards, one to Zach Stinnett for 35 yards and one to Dexter Wiley for 18.
Crest hosts Chetopa next Friday. Smith said supporters will collect free-will donations prior to the game for Cody Wools, a 2002 Crest High graduate who is due to undergo a kidney transplant later this month. Wools is receiving the kidney from his mother, Debra.
“Once you’re a member of the Crest Lancer family, you’re always a member,” Smith said.

Crest 20-12-6-6—44
St. Paul 0-0-6-6—12

Crest — Hammond 69 yd run (Newton run)
Crest — Hammond 4 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Ramsey 3 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Ramsey 25 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Smith 27 yd run (PAT failed)
St. Paul — Kenndy 30 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Hammond 17 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Hammond 7 yd run (PAT failed)
St. Paul — Johnston 34 yd run (PAT failed)