Scott City defense dominates TMP in 28-14 win
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Don’t let the final score fool you. For three quarters, TMP was able to hold off Scott City in a physical battle despite negative yardage on offense. Two fourth-quarter touchdowns from Beaver junior Brady Welker - his third and fourth of the night - proved to be the difference. Scott City held the Monarchs to minus 20 yards of total offense but escaped with a 28-14 win.
“We played really well on defense, but I can’t say the same for the other side of the ball,” said Scott City coach Jim Turner. “A lot of mistakes on our own, not blocking the right people, penalties at horrible times. We have to clean those things up. I thought they were very physical, we were very physical. I imagine both teams are going to be sore.
”The Beavers took advantage of a short field on their second possession of the night when Welker ran in from a yard out. TMP senior Kade Harris ran the ensuing kick back 90 yards untouched to level the score at seven.
Scott City got a big fourth-down pass from senior Dylan Metzger to senior Lawson Bailey to keep another drive alive. Welker ran four yards up the middle on the next play for a 14-7 score with 10:09 to play in the first half.
Several times the Beavers took possession of the ball on the short side of the 50. Twice the offense gave it away. Late in the third quarter, Harris got the scoop and score, running 73 yards to again tie the score at 14.
But Scott City proved to be too dominant on both sides of the ball, holding the Monarchs to just four net yards of offense in the first half, and minus-28 in the second half. TMP quarterback Carson Liles was sacked six times in the second half for a loss of 35 yards.
Welker, meanwhile, kept plugging away. The senior broke a 38-yard run in the second half and scored the go-ahead touchdown with 9:13 remaining. He tacked on another score from a yard out with 2:05 to play. He finished the night with 197 yards and four scores on 27 carries.
”He’s run the ball hard all year,” Turner said. “He’s a tough kid. I’m very impressed with Brady and his work ethic. He’s just a junior but he has great leadership ability. He’s patting people on the butt all the time. He’s a tough kid, a great kid.
”TMP had allowed just 26 points entering the night with three-straight wins. The Monarchs fall to 3-1 overall. After a rare losing season a year ago, Scott City improves to 3-1 with a loss to Millwood, Okla. in week three. The defense has shut out two opponents and put up the dominant performance Friday in Hays.
”We just make too many mistakes to be dominant,” said Turner. “We’re better than we were last year. Last year, we had so many injuries. The last game of the year we started a freshman at both corners on defense. We were playing kids all over the field that weren’t ready to be on the varsity field. We’re better than we were last year but we have a long way to go.”
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