WEMO FB – Week 7

damonThe WEMO game of the week featured two win-less squads trying to get headed the right direction as districts loom ahead.  The Appleton City Bulldogs hosted the Archie Whirlwinds in a battle that was close all night long.  After stopping the Winds on the opening drive, Appleton City drove down near the 20-yard line before the drive stalled out and the Dogs faced a fourth-and-long.  Electing to go for it, junior QB Tyler Piepmeier hit sophomore Evan Mitts from 27 yards out for the score.  The 2 point conversion was also successful as Piepmeier hit sophomore Coleton Smith for an 8-0 AC lead.  The score would remain that way until mid second quarter would a shanked punt by the Bulldogs would result in a special teams TD by Archie as Tyler Setzer picked up a loose ball and raced 22 yards for the score.  Freshman Gabe Fisher’s conversion would tie the score at 8.
Following a short field with two minutes remaining in the half, Fisher would zip in from nine yards out.  The conversion failed, but Archie would take their first lead of the season 14-8.  Mitts would come up again huge with time waning, though, as a 40+ yard reception would get the Bulldogs in the red zone.  Following a first down run to stop the clock and burning their final timeout, Piepmeier again found Mitts to tie the score.  After a failed conversion the teams hit the locker rooms knotted at 14.
An extended half-time for Homecoming saw Appleton City junior Rylea Marshall crowned princess and senior Mikayla Moore crowned queen.  That excitement would prove enough as the Bulldogs would take the opening drive, after an onside attempt gave them a short field, to pay-dirt.  Sophomore Billy Prater would score from 9 yards out and no more points would adorn the scoreboard for the duration of the contest as the Dogs would get their first win of the season.
In the key game for the conference title this week, the Midway Vikings, after ascending to a tie for #2 in the state media rankings, played close with the home Rich Hill Tigers for a half.  As the Tigers have often done, though, against higher level competition, they faded late as the Vikes pulled away for the win.  A 21-14 half-time edge would finish up with a 49-20 victory for Cass-Midway.  Osceola hosted Adrian in what could provide a history making moment for the Indians, as a win would provide the longest winning streak ever for Osceola against Adrian.  The Indians, though close early, would never trail, and solidified their #5 ranking holding on for a 26-14 win.  Coupled with a Skyline Tiger loss (to fall to 5-2), though to class 3 power Strafford, the Indians hope to jump Skyline to tops in district standings.  The lone non-con game featured Drexel hosting class 2 Sherwood.  The Marksmen would hold down the injury-laden Bobcats all night long, keeping Drexel off the scoreboard, winning 34-0.
The Bear Network featured Butler’s Homecoming as they hosted the Stockton Tigers.  Nathan Kerr ripped off three long TD runs proving more than enough for the visiting Tigers as they led 14-0 at the end of one, and 21-7 at the half.  27-7 would be the final for Stockton, but the Bears did end their September-long scoreless drought with one TD. 
Congratulations to Prepcasts Players of the Game (Evan Mitts for Appleton City & Nathan Kerr for Stockton).  Next week, the WEMO game of the week features the Rich Hill Tigers traveling to Archie to meet the Whirlwinds as the Bear Network sees the win-less Butler squad travel to take on one win Sarcoxie.
WEMO Standings
Cass-Midway (7-0, 6-0) Conference Champion
Osceola (6-1, 5-1)
Rich Hill (3-4, 3-2)
Adrian (4-3, 3-3)
Drexel (2-5, 2-4)
Appleton City (1-6, 1-5)
Archie (0-6, 0-5)

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