Mustang JV thumps Vikings

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High sophomore Drew Walden (25) makes a cut to get away from a Central Heights High defender for a big gain in Monday’s junior varsity game at Central Heights. The visiting Mustangs won 36-8.

RICHMOND — Iola High’s junior varsity football team dominated Monday’s contest against host Central Heights High’s Vikings.
Behind the running of Drew Walden, the Mustangs built a 29-0 halftime lead. The Mustangs ended up winning 36-8.
Walden scored four touchdowns as he rushed for 205 yards on 15 carries.
“We had a good effort across the board from the juniors down to the freshmen,” said Mike DeLange, Iola assistant coach.
“Our kids kept working out there and we could see the improvement from our younger players.”
The first score of the contest came on a 35-yard pass play from quarterback Christian Kauth to Jerrik Sigg. Walden carried in the two-point conversion.
Walden got loose on a 55-yard run and the two-point conversion pass was caught by Clint Heffern.
Walden scored from three yards out late in the first quarter. Walden found the end zone in the second quarter on a 15-yard run. Kauth kicked the extra point.
In the third quarter, Walden pushed over the goal line from two yards out. Kauth kicked the extra point.
Kauth was 3 of 6 passing for 54 yards and had three interceptions. He rushed for 31 yards on three carries.
Sigg had two catches for 41 yards and Corey Taylor had one catch for 13 yards.
Tyler Clubine had 12 yards on eight carries. Zeph Larney was 2 of 2 for seven yards as Shelton Reno made both catches.
Iola’s defense held the Vikings’ junior varsity without a first down until the second half. Central Heights scored with less than a minute left in the game.
Dustin Asbury scored on a two-yard run and had the two-point conversion run for the Vikings.
Mustang defensive leaders were: Kyle Heffern with three solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles; Walden with four solos, two assisted; Sigg with three solos and two assisted; Drew Shepherd and Devin Culler with seven assisted tackles each; Clubine with two solos and three assists; Stephen McDonald with five assisted tackles; Carlin Turner with four assisted tackles; Chris Lynn with two solos and two assisted tackles; Corey Taylor with one solo and two assisted tackles; Jason Tidd with a fumble recovery.
Iola’s junior varsity hosts Osawatomie next Monday. Kickoff is 5 p.m.