Constant pressure...by Trevor Plafcan, left, and Josiah Bennett helped Odessa's defense score four defensive touchdowns in the first half. photo by Kory Hales
Defense turns 'Dogs loose for 63-6 win
Four defensive touchdowns and five more on offense allowed Odessa's football team to keep the scoreboard spinning on the way to a 63-6 home victory Friday over Southwest Early College Campus, Kansas City.
The four defensive touchdowns tied a state record with three other schools in a stat that has been kept since the mid-'90s. All four came in the first half as the Bulldogs led 42-0 at the break.
Colby Nickels got in the act first on Southwest's initial possession, when under heavy duress, the Indians quarterback launched a pass that hit Nickels squarely between the 2 and 4 on his chest. Nickels returned the pick untouched from 40 yards out. Odessa led 7-0 when Kylin Grubb kicked the first of nine successful extra points.
Bulldogs kicked off again and on third down, Josiah Bennett jarred the ball loose from the passer and Jase Hollingsworth recovered for the second Bulldog score.
An exchange of possessions and a Calieb Bennett punt backed the Indians up to the seven when C. Bennett cut in front of a receiver and headed for the end zone and a 21-0 Bulldog lead early in the second period.
Penalties and a sack by Luke Tripp forced a punt from the Indian end zone which took a left and bounced out of the stadium. Odessa had the ball at the 14 and quarterback Jake Bartow connected with Nickels on a strike down the home sideline to put Odessa up 28-0. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady 'Dogs end season with district final loss
Excelsior Springs hosted the Class 3 District 14 volleyball tournament last week. Second seeded Odessa advanced to the championship match, but could not keep pace with top seeded St. Pius.
Seventh seeded Richmond had nothing for the Lady Bulldogs in the quarterfinals October 20. Danielle Varner led the team in kills with five. She also had three aces, as did Emma Shutt. Rhyannon Patrick's nine aces was a team high.
Third seeded Oak Grove put up one heck of a fight October 22 in the semifinals. Lady Panthers completely dominated Odessa in the first set, jumping out to a 20-9 lead before Odessa began to close the gap to make the final a little more respectable.
In the second set, it was the Lady Bulldogs who controlled the early action. Odessa led 7-5 before getting a kill from Varner and a block from Makayla Lang to make it a four-point game and force a timeout. Later in the second set, Lang struck again with another kill while Morgan Kleoppel recorded a pair of kills to extend Odessa's lead to eight. Read more in The Odessan.
Bass, Eastabrooks, Findora, Hilbrenner named All-District
Odessa had four players named to the Class 3 District 14 All-District softball team. All four were Second Team selections. Raven Bass and Reagan Eastabrooks were selected as infielders. Amanda Findora and Kloe Hilbrenner made the Second Team as outfielders.
Lady Bulldogs were eliminated from the district tournament after a quarterfinal loss to Marshall. Boonville, who defeated Oak Grove in the district finals, had the most players named to the All-District team with nine. Seven Lady Pirates made the First Team. Read more in The Odessan.
Weber runs to MRVC title
The MRVC Cross Country Championships October 22 were held in Richmond.
The boys division consisted of seven schools with full teams. In the girls division, five schools competed with a full team.
Grain Valley won both divisions. Boys team scored 28 points to claim the top spot. Pleasant Hill scored 51 points in second. Odessa's 87 points placed them third. Excelsior Springs, 112, Holden, 141, Richmond, 150, and Oak Grove, 153, completed the standings.
Lady Eagles won the girls division with 29 points. Holden accumulated 53 in second. Odessa finished third with 69. Pleasant Hill took fourth, scoring 88 points. Oak Grove was fifth with 126.
Jacob Weber, OHS junior, ran to the win in the boys race. He completed the two-lap course in 17:47.5. Jacob Watson of Pleasant Hill could not track Weber down and finished with a time of 17:50.1 in second. Cameron Tecce led a trio of Grain Valley runners across the finish line. Tecce clocked in at 17:57.8. Weber, Watson and Tecce were the only runners under the 18-minute barrier. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers win district opener against North Platte 43-20
Wellington-Napoleon began Class 1 District 7 play Friday night with a 43-20 win over sixth seeded North Platte.
Tigers scored on the opening drive of the game when Levi Banner ran in from the five. Dallas Reynolds converted the two-pointer to make it 8-0.
But the Panthers got on the scoreboard, as well, in the first quarter when they scored on a 15-yard pass after a Wellington-Napoleon turnover. With an 8-6 lead in the second quarter, Reynolds and Tristan Green extended the lead when they hooked up on a 15-yard touchdown pass and catch. Duncan Hughes found Dylan Brockmeyer open for the two-point conversion, and Wellington-Napoleon led 16-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, Jordon Hill recovered the onside kick, but North Platte did not let the Tigers advance. After W-N turned the ball over on downs, the Panthers marched down the field and scored on a 20-yard touchdown pass. Blake Gray blocked the PAT to leave the Tigers up 16-12, which would be the halftime score.
"We came out pretty slow in the first half," said head coach Quenton Bainbridge. "North Platte had a good game plan against us, trying to use their size to keep the pace of the game slow and control the clock. They were successful with this strategy in the first half, but our defense created turnovers and our offense made big plays, which made them abandon that strategy."
In the third, Reynolds' 24-yard touchdown run was followed by a North Platte one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion to bring the Panthers to within two at 22-20. Read more in The Odessan.
Semifinal loss ends Lady Tigers' season
Concordia hosted the Class 1 District 14 volleyball tournament last week.
Wellington-Napoleon played as the three seed and faced sixth seeded Malta Bend in the quarterfinals October 20. Lady Tigers advanced with a 25-14, 25-6 win.
Mikayla Lohsandt finished with five kills, three aces and two digs. Morgan Weedman totaled five kills, two digs and one ace. Abbie Thompson had four kills, four digs and eight aces. Tori Florence recorded four kills.
Two nights later, Wellington-Napoleon squared off against second seeded Concordia in the semifinals and fell in two 15-25, 16-25. Read more in The Odessan.