Weather dominated the state for Friday night football, delaying and postponing games state-wide. In one of the few games that started on time and nearly made the entire first half without a delay, the WEMO game of the week featured the Drexel Bobcats on the road to meet the Archie Whirlwinds. The Winds had yet to score a single point this season and the outcome of this game would not change that, though it was close very early.
The Cats were forced to punt on their opening possession but then got the ball back and scored quickly on the first of Ty Woltkamp’s two rushing TD’s. The PAT was no good, though, but it would not matter after a quick Archie turnover gave Drexel a short field to cash again, and this time, they punched home the two point conversion to jump early 14-0. The second quarter opened with the Whirlwinds burying Drexel with a punt at their five yard line, but the opening play covered 95 yards to paydirt as senior QB/RB Tyler Allen hit senior WR Jacob Antley for the score. That would change the entire complexion of the game as the Whirlwinds would not net another first down, apart from penalties, until late in the contest. A long scamper down the sideline by Archie senior Dakota Jones would give them first and goal at the six, but they would not get past the three on the drive, surrendering on downs, and seeing Drexel continue to pull away. The final score of the half came on another short-field turnover as Allen scored his third TD en route to Player of the Game honors right before lightning halted the half with sixty-five seconds to go. The teams returned half an hour later to finish the half, break quickly, and start the second, but a running clock sped the game along. Anson Swoger rushed for two scores off the bench spurring the Cats to a 55-0 rout as they moved to 2-1 overall, and in conference, and Archie remained winless on the campaign. Click here for the replay …
The network’s other game featured Butler staying close early with the Lighthouse Christian Chargers before a consistent ground attack for LCA pummeled the Bears into submission. A reasonable game late in the half saw Butler’s best chance to score evaporate after entering Charger territory, set up another LCA score, and the game would not be much of one the rest of the way. Butler remains searching for a win after a 42-0 trouncing at home. Click here for the replay …
Other WEMO games saw the Rich Hill Tigers notch their first win of the season but not until some late fireworks kept Appleton City close. With the Tigers leading by two scores and inside the ten yard line, an interception returned 92 yards for the Bulldogs score would make it a three point game. Rich Hill, like last year, played on the razor’s edge but marched in another score with time winding down to seal the win for their first “W” of the season, 23-14, over the Bulldogs. In the match-up of the only remaining conference undefeateds, Adrian hosted Cass-Midway, but saw the game delayed six seconds in due to lightning. Two hours later, the game would resume, and although close throughout, Adrian never seriously threatened on the night. Midway would lead 7-0 at the half, scoring once more in each of the final two quarters to seal the win, 21-0, and remain undefeated solidifying their state #4 ranking. Osceola, ranked #6 in state, played the lone non-con game of the week as they hosted upstart Lincoln and fell behind the Cardinals early. Playing in monsoon like conditions throughout after starting late, the Indians would fight back and lead a close one at the half, 10-6. Both teams opened with more scoring in the second half, but the Indians would prevail at home, winning 31-28, to hand the Cards their first loss.
Cass-Midway (3-0, 3-0)
Rich Hill (1-2, 1-0)
Rich Hill (1-2, 1-0)
Osceola (2-1, 1-1)
Drexel (2-1, 1-1)
Appleton City (0-3, 0-3)
Archie (0-3, 0-2)
Archie (0-3, 0-2)