Andale builds early lead, doesn’t look back in win over Halstead

Published: Sep. 25, 2020 at 11:32 PM CDT
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HALSTEAD, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Noah Meyer took the first play from scrimmage 62 yards to the house for Andale Friday, and they never looked back, winning 42-12 over Halstead to move to 4-0 on the year.

The Indians went for an onside kick and recovered it the next play, stringing together a long drive capped by a Gabe Ungles touchdown from a yard out; Ungles got the score after recovering the onside kick a few plays earlier.

Then the defense of Andale went to work, ending Halstead’s first drive to cross midfied with Cody Parthemer forcing a fumble that the Indians pounced on top of. That lead to another score, this time Meyer going through the air to find Eli Rowland for a 22-0 lead. That grew to a 30-0 lead on a pass to Alex Koehler later in the quarter set up by a big Parthemer run.

Halstead wouldn’t go down without a fight, though. Shortly after forcing a fumble, Lakin Farmer found a lane on the outside and took it 68 yards to the endzone for the Dragons' opening points.

Then with under 2 minutes left in the half pressure forced Meyer to throw a pick to defensive lineman Doug Grider who kept the Dragons momentum going. Farmer got his second rushing score of the game on the final play before halftime, bruising his way to paydirt despite losing his helmet.

That was it for Halstead’s offense, however, with Andale pitching a second half shutout and tacking on two more scores for the 30 point win. Andale is now 4-0 in their pursuit of a second straight championship; they host Hesston who fell for the first time this year to Collegiate Friday. Halstead will try to bounce back facing Clearwater, the Indians off to their best start in 9 seasons at 4-0.

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