Mustang JV loses in 2 OTs

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
With teammate Carlin Turner (50) leading the way, Iola High’s Kyle Heffern (65) returns an interception in the first quarter of Monday night’s junior varsity game. The interception set up the Mustangs’ lone touchdown of regulation play against visiting Labette County High. The teams went to double overtime to determine a winner. Labette County won 18-12.

Iola High’s Mustangs were turned away on a fourth-and goal at four by Labette High’s Grizzlies in Monday night’s junior varsity football game.
The play ended the second overtime and allowed the Grizzlies to leave Iola with an 18-12 win.
The teams were tied 6-6 at the end of regulation play. Both scored on their attempts in the first overtime period.
So it came down to a second overtime where each team gets the football at the 10-yard line and has four plays to reach the end zone.
Labette County had the football first and on three runs by Hunter Seibert scored. Seibert had a touchdown run of two yards. Iola knocked down the two-point conversion pass.
The Mustangs took possession but unlike the first overtime, was unable to score. Two passes went incomplete then quarterback Christian Kauth scrambled for six yards.
On fourth down, Kauth was under pressure as the Grizzlies “brought the house” defensively. Kauth was tackled before having an opportunity to pass the football.
“The junior varsity played with a lot of heart and were aggressive,” said Cody Hager, Iola High assistant coach. “I’m proud that they kept playing hard even when things went bad.”
Iola’s first touchdown came on the final play of the first quarter. Kyle Heffern intercepted an LCHS pass setting up the score. Kauth pushed across the goal line on a one-yard quarterback sneak. A two-point run was stopped to leave it 6-0.
Iola’s lead held up until the first play of the fourth quarter. Labette County quarterback Cody Sales pushed across from one-yard out. A two-point conversion pass failed.
In the first overtime, Seth Trimmel went 10 yards to the end zone on a reverse on the first play for Labette County. Iola’s defense denied the two-point run.
Kauth connected with Corey Taylor for an eight-yard pass then ran for a yard. On fourth-and-goal at the one, Kauth pushed over to tie the game at 12-12. Kauth’s extra-point kick was short.
Kauth rushed for four yards on 14 carries. Stephen McDonald had one yard on five carries and Clint Heffern had one carry for minus-four yards.
Kauth was 5 of 12 for 45 yards and an interception. Taylor made four catches for 30 yards. Ralph Shafer had one catch for 15 yards.
Defensively, Drew Shepherd had two solo tackles and 10 assisted tackles. Kyle Heffern had one solo stop, 10 assisted tackles and an interception. Devin Culler had seven assisted tackles and C. Heffern had one solo tackle and five assisted.
Credited with four assisted tackles each were Taylor, Doug Stewart, Blake Appling and Kauth. Shafer had three assisted tackles while Shelton Reno and McDonald had two assisted tackles each.