Trojans cash in on Mustang mistakes

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High tailback Marcus Sullivan (22) breaks away from the pile at the line of scrimmage on his way to a 20-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of Friday night’s game at Osawatomie. Osawatomie High’s Trojans defeated the visiting Mustangs 44-26.

OSAWATOMIE — Turnovers and penalties were too much for Iola High’s Mustangs to overcome Friday night. And they weren’t the most penalized team on the field.
Despite 17 penalties for 110 yards, an opportunistic Osawatomie High Trojan team improved to 3-0 with a 44-25 victory over the visiting Mustangs.
“We didn’t play with our heads tonight. We didn’t take advantage of the momentum shifts,” said Rick Horton, Mustang head coach, following Iola’s second loss in three games.
Case in point.
Iola’s defense held the Trojans deep in their own territory on the opening drive of the game. The Mustangs forced a punt.
Junior tailback Marcus Sullivan returned the punt 42 yards for a touchdown. Connor Frazell kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Iola’s got the momentum.
On the ensuing kickoff, Trojan running back Jameson Greenwood weaved through traffic for 95 yards on the return for a touchdown. Greenwood ran in the two-point conversion.
Iola led 10-8 when Frazell nailed a 22-yard field goal at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter. The Mustangs had driven to the Trojan three-yard line but couldn’t punch it over the goal line.
Osawatomie was going no where on offense. The Trojans weren’t able to cash on their first takeaway — an interception at their own 45-yard line.
Iola’s defense had stopped Osawatomie on a fourth down at Iola’s 30. On the next play, Iola quarterback Charles Apt gained four yards but fumbled and the Trojans recovered the football.
That came at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter. On a fourth-and-21, the Trojans were punting but a personal foul penalty on Iola cost 15 yards. It was still fourth down but only six yards to go.
Osawatomie quarterback Seth Jones threw to Brandon Oakes out in the flat and Oakes avoided an Iola defender and raced 30 yards down the sideline. Iola stopped the two-point conversion run.
It was 14-10 with 6:55 left in the first half.
Iola had two two-yard gains, a five-yard penalty then Apt threw his second interception. Oakes picked the ball off at Iola’s 41 and returned it to the 16.
Five plays later, Jones found Oakes for a five-yard touchdown pass play. Sullivan intercepted the two-point conversion pass.
And so it went for the Mustangs at Lynn Dickey Field.
Iola had 10 penalties for 90 yards in the game.
“We were shooting ourselves in the foot. Our kids did not play with intensity tonight. We came out flat and Osawatomie took advantage of everything we did wrong,” Horton said.
Greenwood didn’t quite get his 200 yards of rushing — 29 carries for 197 — for a third game in a row. But he did the damage in the second half.
Greenwood had 144 yards in the second half, setting up three more Trojan scores. He finished the scoring on a 37-yard run to the end zone with 52 seconds left in the game.
Iola struck first again in the third quarter. After the teams traded possessions, Iola started it second possession at the Osawatomie 34-yard line.
Sullivan, who rushed for 143 yards on 21 carries, covered the distance in two carries. He dashed 20 yards for the touchdown and Frazell kicked the extra point with 8:08 left in the period.
The Trojans went to the air as Jones had pass plays to Oakes for 14 and 13 yards. Osawatomie was aided on its 60-yard touchdown drive by two Iola penalties.
On third-down-and-eight, Jones went to Oakes again. This time it was good for a 23-yard pass and catch play for the score. Jones flipped the two-point pass to Dylon Needham.
Iola moved the ball with the running of Sullivan but on a third-and-one, Iola had a fumbled snap. The Mustangs recovered the ball. a 38-yard field goal attempt by Frazell sailed wide right.
Penalties on Iola bailed the Trojans out again along with the running of Greenwood. At the 10-yard line, Jones hooked up with Dylon Needham for the touchdown with 10:25 left in the game. Not even a 10-yard penalty could keep the Trojans from scoring another two-point conversion — a pass from Jones to Oakes.
Osawatomie recovered an onside kick at the Iola 49-yard line on the ensuing kickoff leading 36-17.
Apt recovered a fumble by Osawatomie’s Brant Johnson at the Iola 34-yard line at the 6:28 mark.
Five straight running plays to Sullivan and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Trojans set up Iola’s final touchdown.
It took a six-yard run by Apt on a fourth-and-five to keep the drive alive. Then Sullivan appeared stopped short of the goal line for a second attempt. But Sullivan, without his helmet, stretched forward to break the plane of the goal line with the football.
Apt ran in the two-point conversion to make it 36-25 with 2:05 to play in the game.
Iola’s onside kick attempt was recovered by Osawatomie. Five plays later, Greenwood scored.
“Osawatomie didn’t do anything we hadn’t prepared for. We just came out flat and played lackadaisical and it showed,” Horton said.
“Our running game was better tonight but when we got in the running situations like second and third and short, we’d have a penalty.”
Iola lost the services of sophomore receiver Jerrik Sigg, who suffered an ankle injury early in the game. The Mustangs used very few substitutes in the game.
Kyler Thompson, senior linebacker, led the defense with seven unassisted tackles and four assisted tackles. Senior linebacker Chris Heffern had five solo stops, seven assisted tackles and a quarterback sack.
Apt had five solo stops, one assisted tackle and a fumble recovery. Sullivan had four solo stops, three assisted tackles and an interception. Nick Mueller had four solo stops.
Apt was 6 of 18 passing for 30 yards. Jones went 14 of 30 for 131 yards for the Trojans while Oakes made seven catches for 88 yards.
Iola (1-2) hosts Independence in a Southeast Kansas League contest next Friday. It is homecoming for the Mustangs.
Iola 10-0-7-8—25
Osawatomie 8-12-8-16—44

Iola — Sullivan 42 yd punt return (Frazell kick)
Osawatomie — Greenwood 95 yd kickoff return (Greenwood run)
Iola — Frazell 22 yd field goal
Osawatomie — Oakes 30 d pass from Jones (run failed)
Osawatomie — Oakes 5 yd pass from Jones (pass failed)
Iola — Sullivan 20 yd run (Frazell kick)
Osawatomie — Oakes 23 yd pass from Jones (Dy. Needham pass from Jones)
Osawatomie — Dy. Needham 10 yd pass from Jones (Oakes pass from Jones)
Iola — Sullivan 3 yd run (Apt run)
Osawatomie — Greenwood 37 yd run (Greenwood run)
Individual Statistics
Rushing: Iola -Sullivan 21-143, Apt 6-33, D. Walden 1-3, Ch. Heffern 3-1, E. Fulton 1-3. Osawatomie-Greenwood 29-197, Johnson 2-5, Oakes 2-15, Da. Needham 1-(-2), Jones 1-(-6).
Passing: Iola-Apt 5-18-30-2. Osawatomie-Jones 14-30-131-1.
Receiving: Iola-Sigg 2-20, D. Walden 3-10. Osawatomie-Da. Needham 1-11, Oakes 7-88, Taylor 1-12, Greenwood 1-1, Dy. Needham 3-15, Jones 1-4.
Punting: Iola-Frazell 3-118 (39 avg.). Osawatomie-Greenwood 5-166 (33.5 avg.).