In the WEMO game of the week as district play began, the Rich Hill Tigers faced off against the McAuley Catholic Warriors at Rich Hill. An early turnover produced a short field for the Tigers, but several penalties elongated the drive until QB Jacob Thompson ran in from 2 yards out, a harbinger of a career night for the senior. The PAT was no good and the Tigers would hold a 6-0 lead after one quarter, despite immediately getting an onside kick, but failing to score on the drive. Penalties would pull three TD scores off the board for Rich Hill, but a huge second quarter would put them in cruise control.
McAuley never got a first down until very late in the half, and Thompson would toss three touchdown passes in the quarter along with two 2-point conversions to push a halftime lead up to 34-0. Another TD pass, coupled with a conversion run by Thompson would put Rich Hill up 42-0 and start the running clock which would quickly wind down the game. Bryant Courter had an interception return for a TD, and Thompson also grabbed an INT late to preserve the shutout. Aiden Humble caught two scores and a two-point conversion. Shawn Walton and Trevor Delozier each added a TD catch. Thompson’s career night included four passing TD’s, one rushing touchdown, two passing 2-point conversions, one rushing 2-point conversion, over 250 passing yards, multiple tackles and pass breakups along with the interception. He easily qualified as the player of the game!
Other WEMO district action saw few close games as Jasper easily handled Archie at home 55-0 to end the Whirlwind season at 1-9. Rich Hill will travel south for district semi-final action at Jasper this coming week. In other district four action, the Midway Vikings got off to a slow start but rolled easily to keep the Liberal Bulldogs win-less on the season and solidify their own #2 state ranking, 46-6. They improve to 10-0 and host the district semis against a scrappy Adrian Blackhawk squad that rebounded from two scores down at the half to tie, fall behind again, tie it up once more, and then score last and hold on against a physical Drexel Bobcat team. Final score was Adrian 26, Drexel 18. The Bobcats season concludes at 3-7. The other WEMO teams in action played one another in District 3 of class 1 as the Osceola Indians hosted the Appleton City Bulldogs. Osceola scored early and often getting a running clock by the half and ending the Dogs season, 42-12. Appleton City closes out at 2-8. Osceola moves on to host the district semi-finals against the Tipton Cardinals who upended the Lincoln Cardinals 30-8. Other games from the district saw the two seed, Skyline roll past Sacred Heart 70-8, and a close one between Crest Ridge and Windsor with the Cougars taking it 26-20 over the Greyhounds. Crest Ridge visits Skyline in the other district semi-final.
The Bear Network featured three time defending state champion, Lamar, rebounding from a last second loss at undefeated Class 4 Carl Junction, as the Bears journeyed to Lamar for a second time this season. The score was closer but the outcome no different as the Tigers rolled 56-0 over Butler to end Butler’s season at 1-9.
Next week’s games on the KCMW network feature Midway hosting Adrian and Tipton visiting Osceola, both in district semi-final action.