Wildcats pound Jets

Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Marmaton Valley High defenders Tanner Lewis (34), Randall Kuns (22) and Ryan Stephens (65) surround an Altoona-Midway High ball carrier for a loss. The Wildcats allowed only two net yards of total offense in a 50-0 win.

MORAN — Marmaton Valley High unleashed a week’s worth of frustration on an overmatched Altoona-Midway High squad Friday.
One week after a disappointing loss — and lengthy bus ride home from Amoret, Mo. — the Wildcats put forth an effort pleasing to head coach Dan Uhlrich’s eye.
Marmaton Valley limited the visiting Jets to 2 net yards of total offense in a 50-0 victory.
How stifling was the Wildcat defense?
Altoona-Midway was able to gain positive yardage on three offensive snaps, while turning the ball over four other times.
The Wildcats frequently stuffed Altoona-Midway runners behind the line of scrimmage, to the tune of minus-18 yards rushing. And Marmaton Valley allowed only one pass completion, picking off two others.
“Our effort was outstanding,” Uhlrich said. “We put forth a much better effort tonight than we did last week.”
Senior quarterback Ethan Ericson had a hand in two touchdowns and his feet in two others, rushing for touchdowns of nine and two yards and completing a pair of back-breaking touchdown passes.
His first scoring pass covered 15 yards to Logan Booth on a fourth-and-long early in the first quarter. Then, Ericson capped a 36-0 first half for the Wildcats with a 30-yard pass to Daylen Houk with just 6 seconds left in the second quarter.
A trio of Altoona-Midway miscues put the game out of reach.
Marmaton Valley led 24-0 when an errant Ericson pass on third and long led to Altoona-Midway’s only highlight. Jet defender Andy DeNoon picked off the pass and raced more than 50 yards, deep into Wildcat territory.
But a holding penalty on the return nullified DeNoon’s long run.
The Jets, instead, kept the ball at midfield, and a fumble on their first play from scrimmage was recovered by Booth.
Ericson capped the drive with his two-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds left on the clock.
Kurtis LaRue stepped in front of Tanner Browne’s next pass for the Jets for the interception, followed two plays later by Ericson’s 30-yard bomb to D. Houk. Just like that, the lead was 36-0.
Kurtis LaRue added a 20-yard interception return for another score and Zack English ended the game with a 10-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
It wasn’t a complete masterpiece.
“We had some stupid penalties,” Uhlrich said. “We had a couple of missed assignments, too. We need to play smarter. But I was very pleased with our effort.”
The Wildcats spread the wealth on offense. Ericson completed 7 of 11 passes for 124, completing two to D. Houk for 60 yards and three to Booth for 48. D. Houk also had 58 yards on 14 carries, followed by Cole Becker’s 35 yards on the ground and Booth’s 23 yards rushing. Skyler Houk had six tackles, Storrer had five and Booth had four. LaRue had two picks, while Booth and Jared Kale had fumble recoveries.
The Wildcats lost the services of Becker, a freshman running back, with a broken ankle in the first half.
Marmaton Valley (1-1) hosts St. Paul next Friday in their fall homecoming contest.
Marmaton Valley 8-28-14-x—50
Altoona-Midway 0-0-0-0—0

MV — Booth 15 yd pass from Ericson (Becker run)
MV — Houk 3 yd run (Lewis pass from Ericson)
MV — Ericson 9 yd run (Ericson run)
MV — Ericson 2 yd run (pass failed)
MV — Houk 30 yd pass from Ericson (run failed)
MV — LaRue 20 yd interception return (Houk run)
MV — English 10 yd run (game ended)