Pony football teams lose

Register Sports Editor

INDEPENDENCE — Iola Middle School’s eighth-grade and seventh-grade football teams lost on the road Thursday.
The Pony eighth-grade lost to Independence 34-18. Independence had a 20-point second quarter to boost it to victory.
“I have to do a better job of getting these kids ready to play because we were not ready (Thursday),” said Marty Taylor, Pony eighth-grade head coach. “We played a much better second half and hopefully we can build on that.”
Iola (3-1) tied the score at 6-6 when Derrick Weir caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Tyler McIntosh late in the first quarter.
Independence scored three touchdowns in the second period to lead 26-6. On the final play of the first half, John Whitworth scored on a 61-yard pass play from McIntosh.
Iola trailed 34-12 after three quarters. Whitworth, who had 168 yards on 20 carries for Iola, scored on a 23-yard run with 1:15 left in the game.
“John ran hard all night long,” Taylor said.
McIntosh competed 5 of 10 passes for 93 yards. Weir caught three for 27 yards. Adam Kauth had one catch for five yards.
Iola’s seventh-grade trail-ed 20-0 at halftime before losing 28-8.
Kaden Macha scored on a quarterback keeper near the end of the game. Shane Walden tacked on the two-point conversion.
“We saw some bright spots in the loss as we had some people playing in different positions because of injuries and discipline issues,” said Tim Seibel, Pony seventh-grade head coach.
Iola’s teams play at home against Parsons next Thursday.