Wildcats lose

AMORET, Mo. — A back-and-forth battle on the scoreboard tilted in the home team’s favor down the stretch Friday as host Miami R-1, Mo., scored twice in the second half to erase a 20-16 deficit against visiting Marmaton Valley High.
The Wildcats closed the gap to six points in the fourth quarter, but Miami scored again to seal a 40-26 win.
The loss drops Marmaton Valley’s record to 1-1.
The difference in the game, Wildcat head coach Dan Uhlrich said, came at the line of scrimmage.
“We got beat up front on the offensive line and up front on the defensive line,” Uhlrich said.
The host Eagles ground out 232 rushing yards in the contest.
Marmaton Valley stayed with Miami through the first half via the right arm of quarterback Ethan Ericson. Ericson tossed touchdown passes of 28 yards to Tanner Lewis and 21 and 23 yards to Skyler Houk as the Wildcats opened a 20-16 lead.
But Miami scored twice via runs by Timothy Powell in the second half to take the lead for good.
Randall Kuns scored on a 15-yard run to close the gap to 32-26 for Marmaton Valley.
Ericson completed 17 of 34 passes for 217 yards and rushed 17 times for 40 yards. Kuns carried 12 times for 54 yards. Houk had 102 yards on eight receptions. Logan Booth pulled in two catches for 40 yards. Kuns had three receptions for 15 yards.
Lewis led the Wildcats with 10 tackles, followed by Ericson and Shawn Storrer with eight apiece. Kuns also had an interception for Marmaton Valley.
“We had a couple of kids who gave us an outstanding effort tonight,” Uhlrich said.
But the team’s overall effort was disappointing, he continued.
“They pushed us around quite a bit,” Uhlrich said.
Marmaton Valley hosts Altoona-Midway next Friday.
Marmaton Valley 8-6-6-6—26
Miami R-1 0-16-8-16—40
MV — Lewis 28 yd pass from Ericson (Kuns run)
Miami — No. 30 1 yd run (Powell run)
MV — Houk 21 yd pass from Ericson (PAT failed)
Miami — No. 30 yd run (Powell run)
MV — Houk 23 yd pass from Ericson (PAT failed)
Miami — Powell 3 yd run (Powell run)
Miami — Powell 50 yd run (Powell run)
MV — Kuns 15 yd run (PAT failed)
Miami — No. 30 15 yd pass from Powell (Powell run)