WEMO Football Week 4

damonIn the WEMO game of the week, the most unlikely outcome provided an entertaining contest as the Rich Hill Tigers traveled to Adrian to square off with the Blackhawks.  The Tigers had hoped to have great athlete, Bryant Courter, back from off-season knee surgery but he was not cleared to play for another week.  Starting QB Cole Heckadon went down with a season-ending shoulder injury further depleting the Tiger numbers, but they rallied together to give the Blackhawks a fight.
After stopping Adrian on the opening drive, Rich Hill pushed the ball down the field and scored on a razzle dazzle reverse pass from the five, as wideout Mark Kailbourn found fellow wideout Trevor Delozier alone in the corner of the endzone for the opening score.  The PAT was errant, but the Tigers led 6-0.  Following a turnover late in the quarter, Austin Corley burst through the middle of the line and rambled 50 yards for the tying score.  A bad snap forced a wide right PAT attempt, and the first quarter score was knotted at 6.
The Hawks would enjoy their first lead after senior Logan Tallman scored the first of his two TD’s on the night, this one from two yards out, midway through the second quarter.  Adrian went for two and failed, but led 12-6.  The Tigers would get a turnover and short field to cash in to close the quarter as senior QB Jacob Thompson angled in from one yard to tie the score.  Another two point conversion failed and the halftime score was 12-12.
Neither team scored in a quick third quarter, but the Tigers would regain the lead mid-fourth as Thompson hit Sean Walton on a 5-yard slant for the score and the first conversion of the game successfully handled was put up and good by Myles Becker.  Adrian would methodically march down the field, converting a third-and-long into a first down after a pass interference call, and later scoring as Tallman took in his second score of the night.  Adrian boldly went for two and the lead, and cashed it home as Austin Corley scored the deuce with just over three minutes remaining to give Adrian the one point lead.  Rich Hill would drive inside the ten yard line with time winding down setting up a first-and-goal.  They drove to the one before being pushed back to the five and stopped on third down.  Burning their final time-out, they elected for the field goal and sophomore Becker would drill the short 19 yarder with nine seconds remaining.  The Tigers held on the final play, recovering a fumble, and got the win on the road, 22-20.  The win and loss pushed both teams to 2-2.  Rich Hill is 2-0 in the WEMO and Adrian fell to 1-2 in the conference.  Click here for the replay …
Elsewhere on the network, the Bears played with an athletic Falcons team from Van Horn high school for about a quarter and a half.  Butler could provide no offensive firepower throughout the game, as Van Horn slowly pushed the lead to three scores at the half, and then opened the lead up get the running clock in the fourth quarter.  The Falcons won 40-0 as the Bears were shut out for the second week in a row.  They remain win-less on the season (0-4 and 0-2).  Click here for the replay …
Other WEMO action saw the Midway Vikings, #4 in the state, roll at home versus the hapless Appleton City Bulldogs 49-6 to remain atop the conference.  The #5 ranked state team, the Osceola Indians, hosted the Drexel Bobcats and jumped to an early 8-0 lead.  Despite playing close, Drexel mounted little offense as the Indians pushed up 20-0 at the half and opened the third quarter with a field goal to go up 23-0.  Drexel would punch one drive in for paydirt and add the two point conversion to pull within 23-8, but got no closer as Osceola remains in the hunt at 3-1 and 2-1.  Drexel fell to 2-2, overall and in the WEMO.  Archie was idle this week.  The network features Midway on the road to meet Drexel in the WEMO game of the week next Friday, along with the Butler Bears hitting the road to face top-ranked, undefeated, three-time defending state champion, Lamar.
WEMO Standings:
Midway Vikings (4-0, 4-0)
Rich Hill Tigers (2-2, 2-0)
Osceola Indians (3-1, 2-1)
Drexel Bobcats (2-2, 2-2)
Adrian Blackhawks (2-2, 1-2)
Archie Whirlwinds (0-3, 0-2)
Appleton City Bulldogs (0-4, 0-4)


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