Wildcats overpower Titans

Register Sports Editor

LE ROY — A renewal of two old league rivals was staged Friday night. Southern Coffey County High’s Titans hosted Marmaton Valley High’s Wildcats in a Eight-Man I District 2 contest.
Both teams were winless in district play. The two teams had been rivals in Three Rivers League play for years until Southern Coffey County moved to the Lyon County League last year.
Marmaton Valley played power football amassing 418 yards on the ground in a 60-34 victory. The Wildcats ran the ball 77 times against the Titans, who had 341 yards of offense of their own.
“They ran the ball and controlled the game. It was tough to get anything going when they were eating up all those minutes,” said John Chanley, Titan head coach. “Our kids fought back in the second half but it was too much to overcome.”
The Titans and Wildcats traded scores in the first quarter. Southern Coffey County opened with a 57-yard scoring pass from Ben Spencer to Chyler Ludolph. Spencer tossed the two-point conversion pass to Aaron Ludolph.
Landon Hammond, who had 210 yards on 32 carries for the game, tied the game up for the Wildcats. He scored from 12 yards out then tacked on the two-point conversion with 4:45 left in the period.
The Titans’ Trevor Smith broke loose on a 56-yard run to the end zone at the 4:29 mark. Southern Coffey County’s conversion attempt failed.
With 2:29 on the first quarter clock, Logan Booth scored on a six-yard run for the Wildcats plus added the two-point conversion. That put the Wildcats in front for good, 16-14.
Hammond would punch in another Wildcat touchdown before the end of the period. His 17-yard run came with 29 seconds left. Booth had the two-point conversion.
“Offensively, I thought we finally won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football tonight,” said Dan Uhlrich, Marmaton Valley head coach. “We ran the ball very well.”
Southern Coffey County was down for the count yet. Spencer found Smith for a 43-yard scoring pass to open the second quarter. The two-point conversion failed, leaving it 24-18.
Four minutes later, Marmaton Valley concluded another scoring drive with a 20-yard pass from Ethan Ericson to Skyler Houk. Booth padded the score with a two-point conversion run.
Right before halftime, Hammond scored from four yards out for the Wildcats. Ericson ran in the two-point conversion, Marmaton Valley held a 36-18 halftime lead.
“Southern Coffey County’s kids fought to the end. We made quite a few mistakes defensively and they took advantage in the second half,” Uhlrich said.
Midway through the third quarter, Spencer hooked up with Aaron Ludolph for a 71-yard pass play. Five minutes later, Spencer had a 15-yard touchdown run then tossed Aaron Ludolph the two-point conversion.
It was 36-32 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.
Marmaton Valley took just 21 seconds to answer. Kurtis LaRue hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Ericson. Booth ran in the two-point conversion.
Marmaton Valley controlled the fourth quarter. Ryan Stephens scored on a seven-yard run and Booth had a one-yard touchdown run for the final margin of victory.
Booth ended up with 88 yards on 24 carries for the Wildcats and Stephens had 86 yards on 11 carries.
Ericson was 3 of 8 for 84 yards. Houk made one catch for 21 yards and LaRue had two receptions for 63 yards.
Uhlrich said there were no defensive statistics available for the Wildcats.
Southern Coffey County was led by Smith with 76 yards on seven carries plus four catches for 54 yards.. Spencer completed 13 of 20 passes for 235 yards.
Aaron Ludolph caught three passes for 77 yards. Drew Parrish had five catches for 47 yards. Chyler Ludolph had one catch for 57 yards.
The Titan defense was led by Travis Bryan with 15 tackles and Parrish with 12 tackles. Aaron Ludolph and Chyler Ludolph each had eight tackles. Jeremiah Mirante had a fumble recovery and Smith had interception.
Next Friday Marmaton Valley plays Hartford in district action at home. Southern Coffey County hosts Crest, a 31-8 loser to Madison Friday night.
Marmaton Valley improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the district. Southern Coffey County is 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the district.
SCCH 14-6-14-0—34
MVHS 24-12-8-12—60