Hays routs Great Bend for 2-0 start
GREAT BEND, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Hays Indians won a dominating 43 to 14 victory over Western Athletic Conference rival the Great Bend Panthers in a week two football matchup.
Hays came into the game with a 1 and 0 record after being the only WAC school to win in week one of the season. They also arrived with Jordan Dale taking the reigns of the offense as the backup to week one starter Dylan Dreiling.
The Indians won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Great Bend elected to receive the ball. The Panthers went three and out and punted the ball away.
Hays took over on the Great Bend 43-yard line. Jaren Kanak took the handoff and ran to the end zone to score six points. Tucker Veach threw a pass to Dalyn Schwarz to add the two-point conversion.
Great Bend received the ball and went three and out again.
Roy Moroni carried the ball three times to gain 17 yards. Jordan Dale then called his own number and ran for a 26-yard touchdown. Jackson Fields added the point after touchdown. The Indians now led 15 to 0.
On Great Bend’s next drive, they earned a first down but could not sustain the momentum.
Hays started with the ball on their 44-yard line. Roy Moroni went for a 12-yard rush only to have the gain trimmed due to a holding penalty. Jordan Dale kept the ball on the very next play for a 47-yard touchdown carry. After the Jackson Fields extra point, Hays led 22 to 0.
Hays had only rushed the ball seven times, but they gained 149 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter.
Great Bend started to sustain a drive and crossed midfield for the first time as the clock expired for the first quarter. Four plays later, Hays' Brett Orth intercepted a pass from Joseph Moeder.
Two plays later, Jordan Dale throws an interception.
Both turnovers also included fifteen-yard personal foul penalties.
Great Bend had the ball on their 48-yard line. They began to move the ball down the field. Then from the twelve-yard line, Joseph Moeder threw this first touchdown pass of the season to Paco Hernandez. Angel Razo added the point after touchdown. The score stood at 22 to 7.
The Panthers bottled up Hays and forced a punt. They took over the ball on their 30-yard line.
A mix of rushes and passes got Great Bend to the Hays 34-yard line. Joseph Moeder ran a play-action fake and found a wide-open Laken Webb to score a second touchdown in the quarter for the Panthers. Angle Razo again added the extra point to make the score 22 to 14 Hays.
The Indians tried to score again before halftime, but they could not find the end zone.
After the break, Jordan Dale ran 61-yards on the first play from scrimmage to score another touchdown. With the PAT, Hays led 29 to 14.
The two teams then traded three and outs.
Great Bend started the next drive from their 29-yard line. Over the next 15 plays, they would get to the twelve-yard line only to turn it over on downs.
On Hays’s sixth play of the next drive, Jordan Dale hit Carson Kieffer for a 65-yard touchdown pass and run. Another Jackson Fields PAT made the score 36 to 14.
The two sides would trade the ball back and forth until Jordan Dale ran for 40-yards to score his fourth rushing touchdown of the night.
The extra point made the score 43 to 14. The remaining few minutes of the game went quickly.
“This is a place this program hasn’t been for a while,” said Hays Head Coach Tony Crough. “We built a gameplan around our backup (Jordan Dale). He can really play football.”
Dale ended the game with 212 rushing yards on ten carries. He scored four touchdowns on his own and one via a pass.
He did have two fumbles and one interception.
“I tried to come out here and do what the team needs me to do,” said Hays Quarterback Jordan Dale. “It definitely was an adrenaline rush. It was kinda surreal.”
On how he got so many touchdowns, Dale credited Roy Moroni for drawing the Great Bend defense away. “I was reading the D-end, and he was bitting on Roy. It was wide open, and I took it.”
Moroni was the second leading rusher with 95 yards. He did not score all night.
For Great Bend, Joseph Moeder led the team with 49 rushing yards. He also completed 19 of 34 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. Paco Hernandez also had a 41-yard completion on a double-pass in the second quarter.
Hernandez received the ball 12 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. Bradley Beck also had a touchdown on 62 yards of receiving.
“I thought our kids showed so much fight,” said Great Bend Head Coach Erin Beck. “When you play a good football team with the size and players as they have, they will gash you and make you pay.”
Coach Beck learned a lot about his quarterback in the game. “How gritty and tough. We learned he is a football player on both sides of the ball. Joseph did a great job for us.”
Hays hosts Liberal in another WAC matchup. Great Bend travels to face perennial 4A power, McPherson.
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