There is little middle ground amongst the HOA football teams. Most either sit at 2-0 or 0-2 after two weeks of play. Only three teams remain on the positive end of that spectrum.
After a 2-7 season a year ago, the Eagle offense has decided to score points in 2012. Lots of them. In week one, Canton-Galva bounced Central Christian 50-0. Friday night, the Eagles moved to 2-0 with a 76-56 shootout win at Goessel.
Canton used a balanced attack, scoring frequently and racking up 509 yards of total offense. The Eagles outscore Goessel 24-14 in the first quarter, then added 28 more points in the second quarter to take a commanding 52-26 lead into the break. Despite 24 points from the Bluebirds in the third quarter, Canton-Galva was able to score three more times and hold on for the win.
Quarterback Cody Savage accounted for 322 yards, leading the Eagles with 128 rushing yards on 22 carries. He also completed 20-of-30 passes for 294 yards. Travis Unruh caught six passes for 121 yards, and added 31 rushing yards on six carries. Austin Bullinger had seven receptions for 76 yards, and AJ Medley ran for 56 yards on 13 carries.
The Teuton needed just two games to tie its win total from all of last year. Friday night, Inman scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull itself past Bennington 34-26. The Teutons are now 2-0.
The teams were tied 6-6 after one quarter, and the Bulldogs took an 18-14 lead into the half. After a scoreless third quarter, Inman outscored Bennington 20-8 for the comeback win. The Teutons used a perfect balance of quarterback Justin Friesen and running back Josh Miller. Friesen completed 5-of-12 passes for 139. Four of those completions went for scores, and the junior had just one interception on the night. Miller led the team with 107 rushing yards on 17 carries, but needed a 24-yard reception, his only catch of the night, to find the end zone. Tyler Cottham caught two passes, both touchdowns, for 77 yards, including a 43-yard strike. Hank Thiessen had just one reception, but that catch went 24-yards for a score.
For the second week in a row, the Cardinal football team dominated both sides of the ball. The Sedgwick defense allowed just its second touchdown in two games, but not before the offense could build a 45-0 lead. The Cardinals are 2-0 with the 45-6 win against HOA-foe Marion.
Sedgwick finished the night with 535 total yards on offense while allowing just 92 yards from the Warriors. The Cardinals picked up 110 of those yards on two big plays in the first quarter. First, sophomore quarterback Brylie Ware connected with Logan Thompson for a 55-yard touchdown pass. Then Thompson took off for a 55-yard run to give Sedgwick a 12-0 lead. Dalton Brandt added a seven-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Ware and Thompson took over again. The duo connected on passes of 10 and 35 yards to push the lead to 32-0 by halftime. In the third quarter, Thompson scored his fifth touchdown, this time on a fumble recovery for 43 yards. Ware scored from five yards out for the final Cardinal touchdown of the game.
The Remington Broncos had yet to find the end zone entering Brookeville-Ell-Saline Friday night. The Cardinals made sure they didn’t find it again, riding a 30-0 halftime lead to win 45-0 and improve to 2-0.
Kaleb Whitehair put the Cardinals on the board early, breaking a 57-yard run in the first minute of play for a 6-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Justin Schmutz punched it in from three yards out. Quarterback Garrett Walker took over in the second quarter with a hand in all three touchdowns. Early on, he ran in from 16 yards out. Later, he threw to Whitehair for touchdowns of 23 and 77 yards to give Ell-Saline the big 30-0 halftime lead. Late in the game, Walker added rushing touchdowns of 11 and two yards to cap his high-scoring night.
The senior quarterback threw for 192 yards on 6-of-13 passing, but did throw three interceptions in the win. He rushed for another 38 yards on five carries. In that department, Schmutz led the team with 130 yards on 17 carries. Toby Omli added 91 yards on 12 carries, and Whitehair finished with 62 yards on four carries. Whitehair led the receivers with three catches for 102 yards.
The Celtics struggled to just six points in a week one loss. Friday, Trinity turned up the offense against winless Moundridge, scoring each quarter on the way to its first win, 34-0.
Nathan Eisenbarth put the Celtics on the board midway through the first quarter on a 15-yard run. Tom Mailloux added a 12-yard score in the quarter to put Trinity ahead 14-0. Late in the second quarter, Mailloux scored again, this time from five yards out, to give the Celtics a 21-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Spencer Truman ran in from 12-yards out in the third quarter, and Bryce Strecker finished things off with a one-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics finished the night with 263 rushing yards, led by Eisenbarth’s 90 yards on seven carries, and 79 yards on 16 carries from Mailloux. Defensively, Joey Hale led the team with six tackles, and Jerome Miller recorded five tackles. Truman picked off a Wildcat pass.