MAIZE, Kan. Scoring points this year for Maize has rarely been a problem, as the Eagles have averaged 38 points a game during their undefeated start to the season. But things got off to a slow start Friday night against Salina Central, as the defensive units led the way for both squads.
Sep, 14, 2018; Haysville, Kansas, USA; during an AVCTL matchup betwen the Campus Colts v the Maize Eagles ©Kelly Ross
Late in the first quarter Maize broke a scoreless tie when Hunter Clark knocked through a 23 yard field goal for a 3-0 Eagles lead.
Early in the second quarter the Maize special teams used a long punt return to set up the offense with a short field and the Eagles wouldn't waste the opportunity. Caden Cox scored from 4 yards out to give Maize a 10-0 lead.
After dominating almost the entire first half, the Eagles defense finally gave up a big play as Salina Central scored on a pass play to cut the lead to 10-6.
But that momentum was short lived. With just twenty seconds to go until halftime Caleb Grill aired it out 59 yards and connected with Camden Jurgensen for a touchdown. That put Maize up 17-6 and the big play seemed to be a spark for the offense in the second half.
The Eagles scored 31 more points out of the locker-room and cruise to the big victory over Salina Central by a final of 48-26.