WEMO into Week 10

damonThe WEMO game of the week featured the Drexel Bobcats hosting the Christ Prep Academy Patriots in an odd contest on Senior Night.  Click here for the REPlay … The Bobcats took the opening kick and marched down the field to score and lead 6-0 as senior Tyler Allen scored from five yards out.  The conversion failed and the Cats led 6-0.  Christ Prep would strike back immediately (even beating the commercial return) with a 79 yard kick return for a touchdown by Gabe Jones.  He would add the PAT to put the Pats up 7-6.  After a forced punt, CPA took the short field and scored on a one yard plunge from junior QB Tanner Metzdorf (a harbinger of much more to come).  The point after pushed the lead to 14-6.  Drexel would tie late in the quarter on Allen’s second TD run and a conversion run in by senior Josh Wheeler.
Four minutes into the second frame, senior Jacob Antley would scamper 24 yards to put Drexel on top 20-14 after the missed conversion.  Despite a back-and-forth start, Drexel would not score again, meanwhile surrendering 47 consecutive points in the game.  The first answer came as Metzdorf tossed a 25 yard strike over a leaping defender to Jones for the score.  Coupled with the extra point, CPA would take a lead for good.  The Pats would march quickly in before the half as Metzdorf scored from 9 yards out with the PAT pushing CPA up 28-20; then the wheels came off for Drexel.  Gambling on fourth and short deep in their own territory and failing would set up a quick Patriot score with only 34 seconds remaining, another Metzdorf run (sense the theme here).  But that was not the half, as what appeared to be the final play was tipped and intercepted by the Patriots for the game’s first turnover.  The Pats would fail on their first end zone toss, but Metzdorf would strike on his second, connecting to Ethan Moran, and along with conversions, Christ Prep turned a one score game into a laugher at the half in just over three minutes of game time.
No scores would occur in the third quarter before an early run by Will Cook pushed the lead to 48-20 early in the fourth quarter.  Two more Bobcat turnovers would lead to short fields and shorter scores as Cook scored again, as did senior Isaac Smith, as the Patriots rolled it up for a huge 61-20 win.  Drexel falls to 3-6 heading into districts; Christ Prep, from Lenexa and playing in a private/home school based playoff in Florida in November moved to 5-1 on the season.
Other WEMO teams saw mostly blowouts in their games.  Osceola traveled to Pleasant Hope to take on the Class 2 Pirates and scored early and often pushing out to a 42-0 lead in the third quarter.  Two late Pirate TD’s against the JV would stop the running clock, but the Indians won going away to solidify a top seed in their district, 42-7.  They finish the regular season at 8-1.  Rich Hill hosted win-less Liberal and rolled the Bulldogs 41-0 in the game hoping for a chance to jump Adrian for the three seed in their district.  The win pushed the Tigers back above .500 to 5-4, but a stunning comeback would net Adrian a huge road victory against Class 2 El Dorado Springs after trailing the Bulldogs much of the game.  The Blackhaws would fight back to win 39-36 and move to 6-3 on the season.  Cass-Midway, undefeated and #2 state ranked, marched on winning easily at Sherwood, 34-0.  The Class 2 Marksmen were never in the game, and Midway finishes the regular season giving up only 61 points (6.777) defensively, tossing four shutouts and only twice giving up 20 or more points.  Can they match up with powerhouse and top ranked Valle?  Only the semi-finals will answer that, which is still a month away.  Archie visited Lone Jack and despite staying close for lengthy portions of the game fell short 42-20 to the Mules to finish at 1-8.  Appleton City hosted Orrick and smothered the Bearcats early to jump to a 52-0 halftime edge and garner a 64-6 win.

In other network action, the Bears of Butler hosted the Summit Christian Eagles and fell to 1-8 on the season despite trailing by only one score at the half.  SCA would easily cruise to a 34-6 win in the Crossroads Conference Showdown.  Click here for the REPlay … Districts begin next week, and here are likely district seeds and match-ups for next Friday (to be confirmed over the weekend) for WEMO teams, along with Butler.
Butler (C2, D4, #8 visiting Lamar)
Cass-Midway (C1, D3, #1 hosting Liberal)
Adrian (C1, D3, #3 hosting McAuley Catholic)
Rich Hill (C1, D3, #4 hosting Drexel)
Drexel (C1, D3, #5 visiting Rich Hill)
Archie (C1, D3, #7 visiting Jasper)
Osceola (C1, D4, #1 hosting either Sacred Heart or Appleton City; most likely Sacred Heart)
Appleton City (C1, D4, #7 or #8 visiting either Osceola or Skyline; most likely Skyline)

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