Calieb Bennett...made two interceptions in the final five minutes to preserve the Bulldog victory.
Bulldogs dig in for win
After falling behind 14-0 midway through the first half it would have been easy for Odessa's football team to fold up shop and go home.
Instead, the Bulldogs roared back for a 14-14 halftime tie, took the lead on a third-quarter touchdown and extra point and held on for a hard-fought 21-20 victory over St. Pius Friday night in Kansas City.
The season opener was pushed back to a 7:30 p.m. start because of the heat. That strategy seemed wise at the start of the game as a slight breeze was blowing. The second half was met with nary a breath of air.
Bulldog fans were the ones holding their breath for much of the fourth quarter with Odessa clinging to a one-point lead. Odessa needed three late turnovers with their backs against the wall to seal the win.
The first came on a Calieb Bennett interception inside the five with five minutes left. Bulldogs were flagged for a personal foul after the play, which pushed the ball back to the three. Odessa's three tries came up short and Bennett punted to the 40 but Pius moved inside the 20 on the return and another personal foul. The Pius return man signaled for a fair catch and then picked up the bouncing ball and advanced it before the late hit. But the play stood.
On first down Bennett picked off a tipped pass near the 10-yard line and took it out to the 26 as the clock neared the two-minute mark. Read more in The Odessan.
Spikers victorious at Center
Odessa volleyball team's road trip to Center Monday was well worth it as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a win in two, 25-12, 25-9.
"We came away with two wins so that is always a good thing," commented head coach Amber Barkley. "We started off really slow and never really got to full speed, but we did some good things. We also saw things that we need to work on and get better at as we move forward." Read more in The Odessan.
Tennis team grabs a win
Odessa may have had to delay the start of the tennis season about 90 minutes because of the excessive heat Monday, but the six o'clock start did not keep the Lady Bulldogs from picking up a 7-2 win over the visiting Richmond Lady Spartans.
Odessa swept all three doubles matches. Maddie Ault and Makenna Muenstermann edged Kalyn Persell and Cora List in number one doubles 9-7. Michelle Morris and Melisa Williams won number two doubles 8-4 over Emily Harris and Breanna Miller. Read more in The Odessan.
Golf team places second, fifth
Odessa's first golf tournament of the fall took them to Plattsburg Monday to compete.
Maysville's 299 topped the nine-team field. Odessa-A placed second with a score of 304. Excelsior Springs shot 314 to tie Lawson for third. Odessa-B finished fifth with a 333.
Jaci Green and Samantha Becker shot a 96 in the best-ball format to place fourth for Odessa-A. Erica Fieth and Julianna Sowerwine finished with a 97 for Odessa-A in fifth. Read more in The Odessan.
Tristan Green...followed Dylan Brockmeyer, 21, through the hole then ran to the house on this 90-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. photo by Kory Hales
Tigers open with big conference win over Lone Jack 52-20
Wellington-Napoleon picked up a 52-20 win Friday night in the season opener over the visiting Lone Jack Mules. Game was close for one quarter before the Tigers took the lead for good and bolted to the victory.
Lone Jack struck first when they picked off quarterback Dallas Reynolds on the second play from scrimmage. After returning the interception to the Tigers' 29, the Mules took seven plays to punch in the first score. The two-point conversion failed.
Wellington-Napoleon didn't answer until two drives later when Reynolds took the snap on first down at his own 23 and scampered 77 yards to the end zone with 5:25 left in the first quarter. The two-point try was unsuccessful, leaving the game tied at six.
Mules struck quickly on their next possession, taking just three plays to go 63 yards. After the two-point run, Lone Jack led 14-6 only to see the Tigers tie the game up once again. Wellington-Napoleon needed nine plays to move from their own 35 to the Lone Jack 10.
After a run up the middle by Tristan Green and an incomplete pass, the Tigers were facing a third-and-goal situation from the 10. Reynolds used his legs again and waltzed in for the score. He then connected with Green on the two-pointer to tie the contest at 14.
The momentum of the game really took a shift on the next drive. Mules used a combination of the pass and run to move to the Wellington-Napoleon 10 early in the second quarter. That's when the Tigers' defense stiffened. First down resulted in a one-yard gain. On second down the Mules went to the air to get to the Tigers' two. A third-down run resulted in a one-yard loss to set up fourth-and-goal. Read more in The Odessan.
Golf team sets new record in win
Lady Bulldogs began conference play Tuesday by defeating Excelsior Springs and Grain Valley at Excelsior Springs Golf Club.
Odessa was one shot better than the Lady Eagles, 205-206. Excelsior Springs shot 223.
The 205 sets a new record for the ladies golf program. The previous mark for a nine-hole team score was 206, which was set last year in Odessa's win at Unity Village over St. Teresa's and O'Hara. Read more in The Odessan.
Netters shut out by Grain Valley
Conference favorite Grain Valley paid a visit to Odessa August 26 and shut out the Lady Bulldog tennis team 9-0.
Maddie Ault lost her number one singles match to Kayelee Smith 8-2. Melisa Williams was an 8-1 victim to Hannah Wiechmann in number two singles. Michelle Morris lost to Mikaylan Sickle in number three singles 8-1. In number four singles Jacy Cooksey fell to Carly Hofstetter 8-2. Read more in The Odessan.