Jeremy Gaston| Sports Editor

BURLINGAME—The Burlingame Bearcats avenged a 40-28 loss last season with a dominating 52-6 win Friday night against Hartford. The mercy-rule win ended just before halftime.

“I was very pleased with our effort,” said Burlingame Coach Doug Bingham.

“The kids were focused all week and came out with a lot of intensity. The defense was stifling, only giving up 3 first downs.”

Hartford had no answer for the Bearcats’ rushing game, which was fueled by James Clem’s 135 yards on 7 carries for 4 touchdowns. Ty Lang powered through 72 yards on 6 carries for a touchdown and a conversion; and Jake Masters had 18 yards on 3 carries for a touchdown. Parker Lee had 2 conversion runs; Dakotah Vandevorde had 1.

“Our running game was very effective,” Bingham said. “The line was blocking very well and, as usual, the backs ran the ball extremely hard.”

The Bearcats attempted just two passes, completing one for 34 yards to Wes Lang, who ran it in for a touchdown. Lang also had a reception for a 2-point conversion.

Dalton Door and Travis Welch led the Bearcats’ defense with 6 tackles apiece; Jorydan Doviak and Vandevorde each had 5 tackles; and Greg Rowley had 4.

The Bearcats (1-0) play at 7 p.m. Friday at Yates Center.

Burlingame 30 22 0 0 — 52

Hartford 0 6 0 0 — 6

First Downs 4 3
Rushing Att-Yards 22-248 18-37
Passing Yards 34 92
Passes Comp-Att 1-2 7-15
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Punts-Avg 0-0 4-31.5
Penalties-Yards 6-40 3-14

Indians derail Herington

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City Indians kicked off their season with a 52-12 win against the Herington Railers Friday night at home, starting off their season with a win for the fifth straight year.

“It wasn’t bad for a first game,” said Osage City head Coach Andrew Gantenbein. “We made some miscues here and there, but overall, I’m happy with the effort. It’s always nice to come out with a win.”

The Indians were balanced and cohesive in their first effort Friday, dividing their 300 yards between the rushing and passing games. Junior quarterback Tracer Paul led the way, going 9 for 12, passing for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first varsity start.

“Tracer did a nice job for his first week at quarterback,” Gantenbein said.

Having plenty of options helped, as Paul hit Sam Moulin for 76 yards on 5 receptions, Anthony Gragg for 50 yards on 2 receptions, Justin Cooley for a 30-yard catch and Daniel Waller for 5.

The running game also held its own, led by Trey Fort with 62 yards on 9 attempts, Justin Cooley with 50 yards on 10 carries, and Sultan Cousin with 27 yards on a single run.

“Offensively, we were pretty balanced,” Gantenbein said. “Lots of different guys stepped up.”

Daniel Waller led the defense with 11 tackles; Cody Caudill and Fort each had 7. Colton Hallgren had 4 quarterback sacks, Herschel had 1 sack, and Fort had an interception. Waller, Josh Koger and Malachi Cousin each had fumble recoveries.

“Caudill had a nice game on defense, and Dalton Swindale played pretty well in the secondary,” Gantenbein said.

The Indians allowed two sacks, and also had a rough night with the refs.

“We had problems with mental mistakes with penalties and missed assignments,” Gantenbein said. “They are things that are correctable.”

The Indians (1-0) look to keep moving forward as they face Mission Valley (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Eskridge.

“I think we’ll be right there with them,” Gantanbein said. “We might be a little faster. We’re going to have to play well, but we’re looking forward to it. We let that one slip last year. We’re looking to get it back.”

Rushing Att-Yards 33-139
Passing Yards 161
Passes Comp-Att 9-12

Tigers take down West Franklin

POMONA—The Tigers got in and got out Friday night, quickly taking care of West Franklin at Pomona in a 49-13 win. They’d have gotten out of there even sooner if 11-man football had 8-man’s mercy rule.

The Tigers did all their work in the first half, and enough of it in the first quarter that the rest of the game didn’t matter. After a 35-0 shutout in the first quarter and a 14-6 advantage in the second, there wasn’t any need for Lyndon to score in the second half, so they didn’t.

They didn’t have any problem in the first, however, dividing seven touchdowns between their passing and running game. Conner Woodruff rushed for 2- and 29-yard touchdown runs, Jordan Tillman ran in a 24-yard touchdown, and Nick Walsh ran a 5-yard touchdown. Tillman also completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Wendling, a19-yard touchdown pass to Trey Brown, and a 19-yard touchdown pass to Chase Vande Velde.

Nick Walsh also stepped into his brother’s boots, kicking in 7 of 7 PAT kicks.

The Tigers (1-0) continue league play with Council Grove (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in Lyndon.

Lyndon 35 14 0 0 — 49
West Franklin 0 6 7 0 — 13

MdCV pays dues at Waverly

WAVERLY—It was 52-28, but it wasn’t all bad.

Marais des Cygnes Valley coach Trenton Douglas found plenty of things to take away from the Trojans’ season opener Friday at Waverly. Some good, and some to work on.

“I thought the boys played pretty well,” Douglas said. “We made a few big mistakes that cost us some scores, but we’re young and we’re still learning.”

The Trojans put a lot of youth on the field in the first game, and divided time between two quarterbacks, each playing their first varsity game. Shane Jackson emerged as the passer, completing 8 of 15 passes for 88 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Austin Case was 0-1 passing, but fared better on the ground, rushing for 47 yards on 7 carries, along with 4 receptions with 34 yards and a touchdown.

Zack Goodrich led the rushers with 63 yards on 13 carries along with 44 yards on 3 receptions. Goodrich also scored three of the Trojans’ four touchdowns on 5- and 12-yard rushes, along with a 52-yard kickoff return. Bernard Butler had 34 yards on 5 carries.

Jeremy Turner led the defense with 4 solo and 6 assisted tackles, including 1 for lost yards; Goodrich had 4 solo and 5 assisted tackles; Case had 4 solo and 4 assisted tackles; and David Rager and Kaden Vanderpool each had 3 solo and 5 assisted tackles.

“We had three breakdowns in defense,” Douglas said. “Beside that, we didn’t play too bad defensively. I was pleased with the effort and intensity we played with, we’ve just got to clean a few things up.”

The Trojans (0-1) will host another young team, Hartford (0-1), at 7 p.m. Friday in Melvern.

“They’re young and in a transition,” Douglas said. “If we can improve, I feel good about the direction we’re heading.”

Waverly 16 14 16 6 — 52
MdCV 14 0 8 6 — 28

Rushing Att-Yards 38-151
Passing Yards 88
Passes Comp-Att 8-1

Chargers confident despite loss

Friday night’s 28-6 loss to Royal Valley marked the Santa Fe Trail Chargers first of the season, and 26th straight loss dating back four season. But don’t tell them that.

The mood in the locker room is that of confidence, geared toward hard work and improvement.

“We started with a bunch of kids,” said SFT Head Coach Jayson Duncan. “What we have left is kids that want to play football. As coaches and players, we feel pretty good about where we’re at.”

The Chargers step off a loss, but one in which they felt they did a lot of good things. Royal Valley’s rushing game pounded in three straight touchdowns in the first and second quarters as the Panthers constructed a 21-0 lead.

Santa Fe Trail shot back with their first successful drive, capping the advance with a 12-yard touchdown run by Denver Ramsey.

“We felt really good about it,” Duncan said. “Then they got the ball with 1:15 left in the second quarter and scored with 3 seconds left on the clock. They completed a pass and our corner bid on play action. We really hadn’t worked on anything under 2 minutes in the half.”

After ending the first half with a defensive let down, the Chargers succeeded in stopping the Royal Valley offense in the second half.

“We held them scoreless in the second half and they held us scoreless,” Duncan said.

SFT responded with a push to get back in the game, digging in their heels on a key defensive play and taking the ball on one of the lengthiest drives in recent Charger history.

“We had a big stop on 4-1, drove it down their throats on a 10-minute drive,” Duncan said. “We had an opportunity to punch it in on 4th and 1. We just couldn’t get it in there.”

Duncan saw that as a turning point in the game, and as a team.

“We had all the momentum in the second half,” Duncan said. “It would have been a different game if we had punched that in.”

Both defenses held through the fourth, leaving the halftime score on the board the rest of the evening.

The Chargers struggled at passing, opting to leave the ball on the ground after throwing 0-6 with an interception. SFT fared better as a rushing offense, carrying the ball more than 200 yards on 47 attempts.

Ramsey paved the way, amassing 168 yards on 29 carries, including the team’s only touchdown. He too shared Duncan’s optimism following the loss.

“I thought we played well and showed some huge improvement from last year,” Ramsey said. “It really picked up our moods and got us ready for the rest of the season. All the guys are really excited for practice this week and seeing what we can do against Holton.”

Holton (0-1) presents a solid challenge for the Chargers early this season, despite losing their first game to Topeka High. The team comes off a season where they went undefeated in their league and two rounds in the playoffs before taking a loss.

“They’re big and they’re tough. We know that,” Duncan said. “We have some confidence after last game. We felt good about the whole game. The mood of our kids is unbelievable. They’re ready to practice and ready to play.”

The Wildcats will host the Chargers at 7 p.m. Friday at Holton.

“We’re going to be heavy underdogs, but that doesn’t matter to us,” Duncan said.

“We’re going to go there and play 48 minutes, and we’ll see what happens.”