By Dean Backes
Following last week's 26-8 win over Fredonia, Independence players, coaches and fans showed up on campus to ring the school's bell. Now they're hoping that celebration will ring in a new streak of sorts. A winning streak.
Not since the season finale win over Augusta in 2002 has anyone involved in the Bulldog football program been privileged to ring the bell following a football game. Independence had lost 38-straight football games.
"The facial expressions as soon as the clock went off were just amazing," Independence football coach Carl Boldra told the Topeka Capital Journal Online. "In just talking to them, you could see they just wanted to burst. When we got back, it seemed like the whole city showed up (to ring the bell). It was a sea of orange.
"It was a very big relief off our shoulders. It's a little different around the building today, let's put it that way."
Yates Center took the frustrations of a 35-game losing skid out on an unsuspecting opponent as well. The Wildcats whipped Eureka 50-8 to claim victory for the first time since edging Caney Valley 14-6 in the third week of the 2003 season.
"I think the mood around town and amongst the kids was that of excitement," Yates Center coach Rusty Arnold told the Capital Journal. "It was finally, `Get that monkey off your back,' so there was relief with that also. Excitement and relief both."
Holton broke its own record and almost set a national one in the process of posting a 30-10 win over Nemaha Valley last week.
Wildcat ball carriers carried the ball an eye-popping 82 times in its 20-point win, breaking the old record of 77 it set against Augusta in 1999. Holton rushed for 454 yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry during the game.
The national record of 85 was set in 1979 by Stronghurst Southern (Ill.) against Roseville (Ill.).
"We had no idea about the record, and we just finished the game where we were at," Holton coach Brooks Barta told the Capital Journal. "Had we known, we might have pushed for a few more plays, but that's not really what we were pushing for."
Treading On The Bulldogs
De Soto rolled over Anderson County 48-20 last weekend by rolling up 459 yards on the ground and improved to 3-0, setting up a huge contest with 3-0 Louisburg.
Erik Hill led the Wildcat attack at his quarterback position by rushing for 100 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown. Shane Miller rushed for 97 yards on 10 carries and Dylan Burford added 73 yards on just five carries to help pace coach Brad Scott's volatile ground game. Miller and Burford each tallied a pair of scores rushing.
Miller added a couple of interceptions to his night's work defensively.
Top Rushing Performances
Alex Reed rushed for 202 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns for Shawnee Mission Northwest in a 45-22 win over Olathe North.Louisburg's Jason Spradling carried 22 times for 234 yards and scored three times in a 37-20 win over Gardner-Edgerton.Bryce Brown rumbled for 312 yards in Wichita East's 69-0 thumping of Wichita West.Madison's Michael Luthi rushed for 245 yards in a 50-0 shutout of St. Paul.Devin Gfeller carried the ball for 230 yards for Russell in a 34-24 loss to Salina Sacred Heart.Moundridge's Eric Loganbill carried the ball for 224 yards in a 28-14 win over Sedgwick.Tanner Vinson ran for 217 yards for Salina South in a 35-34 loss to Maize.Wichita Southeast's Joseph Randle rushed for 211 yards in a 41-25 loss to Kapaun.Spencer Brown rumbled for 206 yards for Hillsboro in a 35-32 loss to Wichita Collegiate.Hutchinson's Josh Smith ran for 202 yards in a 41-13 trouncing of Derby.
Top Passing Performances
Mike Besler completed 12 of 17 passes for 207 yards and three touchdowns for Blue Valley West in a 35-6 win over Blue Valley Northwest.Pleasant Ridge's Matt Hager was good on 9 of 18 passes for 234 yards and a pair of scores in a 43-20 win over Troy.Kenneth Bronson amassed 410 yards passing for Northern Heights in a 50-43 loss to West Elk.Maize's Garrett Gould threw for 340 yards in a 35-34 win over Salina South.Cole Cherryholmes threw for 316 yards for Remington in a 40-0 blanking of Inman.Winfield's Tanner Bailey passed for 313 yards in a 32-23 win over Valley Center.David Fleming passed for 287 yards for Wichita Independent in a 51-17 loss to Cheney.Derby's Jake Snodgrass threw for 255 yards in a 41-13 loss to top-ranked Hutchinson.C.J. Madison passed for 252 yards for West Elk in a 50-43 win over Northern Heights.Crest's Todd Johnston threw for 203 yards in a 66-20 win over Miami (Mo.).Corbin Stanley passed for 203 yards for Columbus in a 38-7 win over Chanute.El Dorado's Remington Rebstock threw for 202 yards in a 47-28 loss to Augusta.Conner Martin passed for 200 yards for Salina Sacred Heart in a 34-24 win over Russell.
Top Receiving Performances
Maize's Brett Soft caught 194 yards in passes in a 35-34 win over Salina South.Seth Johnson caught five passes for 200 yards and a score for Pleasant Ridge in a 43-20 win over Troy.Blue Valley West's Aaron Ashley latched on to eight passes for 186 yards and three scores in a 35-6 win over Blue Valley Northwest.Aaron Sawyer caught six passes for 105 yards and a pair of scores for Shawnee Mission North in a 31-21 loss to Lawrence.Northern Height's Michael Glass caught passes equaling 183 yards in a 50-43 loss to West Elk.Aaron Wedel caught 164 yards in passes for Salina Sacred Heart in a 34-24 win over Russell.Remington's Andrew McNary caught balls equaling 162 yards in a 40-0 whipping of Inman.Joe Vargas reeled in 145 yards in passes for Winfield in a 32-23 win over Valley Center.Derby's Connor Sparks caught 139 yards in passes in a 41-13 loss to Hutchinson.Brandon Newton hauled in 133 yards in aerials for Crest in a 66-20 thumping of Miami (Mo.).Winfield's Jeb Taylor caught 122 yards in passes in a 32-23 win over Valley Center.Taylor Lowe hauled in 122 yards in passes for West Elk in a 50-43 win over Northern Heights.Kinsley's Jordan Espinosa reeled in 116 yards of passes in a 32-6 win over Elkhart.Jake Marasco hauled in 111 yards in passes for Maize in a 35-34 win over Salina South.West Elk's Brett Koop scored 110 yards in aerials in a 50-43 win over Northern Heights.Stuart Jeck hauled in 106 yards in aerials for Pittsburg Colgan in a 40-0 blanking of Baxter Springs.El Dorado's Michael Zepeda caught 104 yards in passes in a 47-28 loss to Augusta.Tony Granillo reeled in 104 yards in passes for Moscow in a 61-16 win over Rolla.
Softball: Glasscock on Fire
Blue Springs South's Mariah Glasscock came up big from the mound in a 7-1 win over North Kansas City. She struck out 14 batters in the win, while allowing one hit and walking four batters.
Wrestling: Disney Commits to Minnesota
Shawnee Heights' heavyweight wrestler Atticus Disney has orally committed to defending NCAA national champion Minnesota, recently.
The 3-time state wrestling medalist and two-time state champion, who transferred to Heights from Andover Central for his senior season, will wrestle at 285 pounds in college. Disney won the 215-pound championship in 2006 and won at 285 pounds in 2007.
"A local newspaper (in Minnesota) nicknamed them `Heavyweight University,' and 14 of the last 16 years they've had a heavyweight All-American," Disney told the Capital Journal. "I figured they must be doing something right, and if they're recruiting me, obviously they see the chance for me to be something special.
"I didn't want to pass that up. I knew once I had the No. 1 college in the nation recruiting me, there was nowhere else I really wanted to go, so why wait? I wanted to let them know early so they didn't give up my scholarship."