Victoria sends Central Plains to 0-2 start

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VICTORIA, Kan. - The Victoria Knights defeated the Central Plains Oilers by a score of 50 to 14 to move to 2-0 on the season.

Victoria Knight #4 Grant Schoenrock rushes for the end zone on a 54-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Victoria Knights defeated the Central Plains Oilers 50 to 14 in a Week 2 matchup at Victoria High School in Victoria, Kansas on September 13, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

Central Plains came to Victoria with one loss on their record. Since the school formed in 2011, the Oilers had not started a season with a 0-2 record.

The Oilers started the game down two of their four Senior players, including stand out back Lawson Oeser. He joined his teammates as a Captain walking out on crutches with his foot in a boot.

Victoria started the game with the ball on their 39-yard line. The Central Plains defense held the Knights to no gain on two consecutive plays. Then after a 6 yard gain by Carson Werth, Grant Schoenrock ran 29-yards for the first touchdown of the night. Jayvon Pruitt would add the two-point conversion to make the score 8-0 Knights.

Central Plains saw their first possession end on a turnover on downs after seven plays.

Victoria would turn it over on downs on their next possession also.

Central Plains gained some momentum after starting on their 34-yard line. For 13 plays, they marched down to the four-yard line. Then on fourth-down Victoria's Lucas Klein intercepted a pass from Jerred Bieberle in the end zone. Klein would kneel for a touchback.

On the very next play, Jayvon Pruitt broke free for a 65-yard touchdown. Grant Schoenrock would add the two-point conversion to make it 16-0 Knights.

After a three and out by Central Plains, Grant Schoenrock would add his second touchdown of the night on the games second 65-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful. The Knights now led the Oilers 22 to 0.

Central Plains struck back immediately with a Cole Lamatsch 70-yard touchdown on a kick-off return. Jerred Bieberle would find the end zone to add two more points and make it 22 to 8 Knights.

Things settled down as Victoria took eight plays to find the end zone again. Grant Schoenrock added his third touchdown of the night from 39-yards out to cap the drive. Carson Werth would add two more points to give Victoria a 30 to 8 lead.

The two teams would trade possessions. Central Plains took over the ball with 1:16 on the clock for the first half. They started on the 37-yard line and moved down to the seven-yard line. Then consecutive false start and holding calls moved the Oilers back to the 22-yard line. The last play ended in an incompletion.

Central Plains entered the locker room at halftime down 22 points.

After the Oilers went three and out to start the half, Victoria's Jayvon Pruitt scored his second touchdown on a 30-yard rush. They went up 38 to 8 after the two-point conversion.

Central Plains' next possession saw them needing to punt again. Punter Dawson McNeal tried to pick up a bad snap, but as he touched the ball with his knee down, the play was ruled over. Victoria took over on the 15-yard line.

The Oilers held the Knights scoreless by not letting them past the four-yard line.

Central Plains next possession came to an end when Joshua Schulte intercepted a pass on the five-yard line.

The teams then traded possessions that did not produce any points.

On Victoria's first fourth-quarter possession, Grant Schoenrock scored his fourth touchdown of the night on another long rush. This play covered 54 yards. The two-point conversion was not successful. Victoria now led by a score of 44 to 8.

After a Central Plains three and out, the Knights added another score. This touchdown came from a Nate Windholz 33-yard rush capping a five-play, 51-yard drive. Again, Victoria did not score the two-point conversion. They now led by a score of 50 to 8.

Central Plains added one more score to the board. Jerred Bieberle found Jacob Oberle for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 4:55 remaining in the game. They also missed their two-point conversion. The score was 50 to 14.

When the final whistle blew, Victoria won and gave Central Plains their first-ever 0-2 start to a season and improved to 2-0 themselves.

"Coach Steiner always does a great job," said Victoria head coach Doug Oberle. "They play hard. They played hard again tonight.

"I was disappointed giving up the kick return and not punching it in twice in the third quarter when we were inside the ten-yard line. Those are things we are going to work on.

"Any time we are 2-0, I'm happy about it."

"We made too many mistakes," said Central Plains Head Coach Chris Steiner. We were in the red zone twice and didn't score. We made some good things with some goal-line stands later in the game and added a score late to get off of eight.

"We now know we have some kids we can count on. We are hoping some of these younger kids can learn from their mistakes and be stronger players."

Central Plains will face Kinsley next week.

Victoria will square off against Macksville.


Central Plains Oiler Head Coach Chris Steiner throws a pass to a player during warmups. The Victoria Knights defeated the Central Plains Oilers 50 to 14 in a Week 2 matchup at Victoria High School in Victoria, Kansas on September 13, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)