The Ness City Eagles defeated the Spearville Royal Lancers by a score of 32 to 26 to remain undefeated on the season.
Ness City Eagle #3 Jose Guzman rushes with the ball in the third quarter. The Ness City Eagles defeated the Spearville Lancers by a score of 32 to 26 in a 8-man Division District 6 matchup held at Ness City High School in Ness City, Kansas on October 11, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
For the first time since 2012, the Ness City Eagles have made it to week six of the season without a loss. Since 2015, the Eagles have yet to defeat Spearville.
Spearville won the coin toss and received the ball. They promptly went three and out.
Ness City took over only to go three and out also.
After another Royal Lancer three and out, Ness City took over and then quickly saw Hector Rodriguez take off on a 56-yard touchdown run. The Eagles failed to make the two-point conversion. They led by a score of 6 to 0.
Spearville took the ball back over but saw the drive end with an interception by Easton Seib.
With the ball on the 22-yard line, Ness City ran one play, a rush by Hector Rodriguez to add six more points to the score. Again, they failed to make the two-point conversion.
Spearville took the ball over and marched 59-yards down the field in 10 plays to score their first points of the game. Carson Rich scored a touchdown from 12-yards out. They also failed to make the two-point conversion. The score stood at 12 to 6 Ness City.
The Eagles responded by taking only three plays to cover 47-yards for a touchdown. This time it was quarterback Jose Guzman scoring from eight yards out. Again, the scoring team failed to make it into the endzone to score a two-point conversion.
With under five minutes left in the first half, Ness City was driving towards the Spearville endzone. Jose Guzman threw a pass on fourth down from the 18-yard line. Carson Rich of Spearville was there and intercepted the pass.
He would run with the ball down to the Ness City 17-yard line.
Four plays later, Spearville was knocking on the door with only one yard to go to score. Rich took the snap on a crucial fourth down play. He met the pile at the end zone line and helped to move it just far enough to score the touchdown. For the first time all night long, a two-point conversion was successful.
At halftime, both teams went into the locker room with a score of 18 to 14 Ness City.
With 3:27 remaining in the third quarter, Jose Guzman scored his second touchdown of the night. This time it came from a three-yard quarterback keeper. Again, Ness City failed to make the two-point conversion.
Spearville took the ball over on their 20-yard line. The Royal Lancers marched down the field to give Carson Rich his third touchdown of the night on a 30-yard rush. Spearville also failed to make the two-point conversion.
On the very next drive, Ness City's Hector Rodriguez scored his third touchdown of the game on a 12-yard run. For the only time all evening, Ness City was successful with a two-point conversion.
They led Spearville 32 to 20.
After both teams traded fumbles, Spearville took over the ball.
On the very next play, Kolten Bennett found Chaten Tassett on a 50-yard pass play for a touchdown. Another two-point conversion failed for the Royal Lancers.
With 2:28 left in the game, Spearville forced Ness City to punt. Matthew Delany took the snap and deftly avoided two tackles. On the run, he boomed a punt almost fifty yards that ended up rolling to the four-yard line.
Spearville tried to march down the field to force a tie. They managed to have a deep pass play as time expired. The pass fell incomplete.
Ness City defeated Spearville by a score of 32 to 26 and won over the Royal Lancers for the first time in five seasons.
"We want to be in the position to host a playoff game to start by winning the district," said Ness City Head Coach Marc Cowles. "I've never won this game (against Spearville) and it feels good.
"Normally we are 70-80% at scoring two-point conversions. It's something we need to work on because if we had made all of them, we would have put this game out of reach."
Ness City faces South Gray next week. Spearville squares off against Hodgeman County.