Golden Tornado blows past Mustangs

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Iola High’s Shane Snavely hits Coffeyville Field Kindley High’s quarterback Ethan Cordray (11) during Friday’s game. Cordray was able to the ball off in time to avoid a tackle for loss. Cordray & Company decked the Mustangs 40-7 at Coffeyville’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

COFFEYVILLE — Twenty-eight has been an unlucky number for Iola High’s Mustangs the past three weeks. In three straight games, the Mustangs have given up 28 points to a team and lost.
Coffeyville Field Kindley High’s Golden Tornado hammered the Mustangs with 28 points just in the second quarter Friday night. The visiting Mustangs had no response and lost a 40-7 decision in Southeast Kansas League play.
“The first quarter we played with them (Coffeyville) then they get the 80-yard touchdown pass play and we never responded,” said Rick Horton, Mustang head coach.
“Offensively, we’re not getting it done. We couldn’t establish anything at the line of scrimmage and Coffeyville did.”
Iola fell to 1-4 on the season, losing three straight games. The Mustangs are 1-2 in SEK games.
They were up 10-0 on Independence a week ago at home and lost 28-10. Iola led Osawatomie 10-8 only to trail 28-10 by halftime two weeks ago.
Iola looked to get the first break of the game when Seth Walden intercepted a Coffeyville pass by Ethan Cordray. Seth Walden returned the football to the Coffeyville 44 with 3:30 left in the first quarter.
Iola picked up a first down on a fourth-and-one play. Chris Heffern pushed ahead for three yards. But the Mustangs ended up at the 32-yard line facing a fourth down.
As time ran out in the period, Iola’s Connor Frazell attempted a 49-yard field goal. It went wide right.
With the change of ends, Coffeyville struck quickly. Cordray connected with Cameron Craig on an 80-yard touchdown pass play. Criag made the catch and got past Iola’s Seth Browning to race down the sideline.
“We knew it was coming. Seth had good positioning on the play but just didn’t get his head around quick enough. The Craig kid is very good and he was able to out run us on the play,” Horton said.
Penalties — 7 for 65 yards — and turnover plagued the Mustangs.
“We’re pretty good in third-and-short situations but not short-and-long ones. The penalties and plays for losses put us in situations we can’t overcome as a team,” Horton said.
Coffeyville recovered an Iola fumble at the Iola 34-yards line and moved quickly down to score. This time Cordray flicked a three-yard scoring strike to Craig. John Stokesberry kicked another extra point with 6:47 left.
Within two minutes, Cordray drove the ’Nado 49 yards in two plays for another score. Cordray dashed 25 yards through the Iola defense to paydirt.
Cordray directed a nine-play, 65-yard drive to end the first half. Cordray found Zach Hershey in the back of the end zone on a 16-yard pass play. It was 28-0 at halftime.
“We don’t know how to work through adversity yet. We have to find a way to make plays to battle back,” Horton said.
Coffeyville’s starters finished with a six-play drive for a touchdown with 7:55 left in the third quarter. Cordray hooked up with Criag for the third time on a seven-yard pass play.
Cordray completed 8 of 11 passes for 159 yards. He passed for four touchdowns and rushed for one. Craig caught four passes for 99 yards.
Coffeyville head coach Rich Giesen backed his starters off and began sending in reserve players. With 8:32 left in the game, Corey Kennard had a one-yard touchdown run that gave the Golden Tornado a 40-0 lead. It also triggered a running -clock situation.
The Mustangs averted a shutout when quarterback Charles Apt scrambled out of trouble and dashed 54 yards for a touchdown. Frazell kicked the extra point with 1:39 left.
Iola ended up with 79 yards on 25 carries as a team. Apt was 9 of 21 for 114 yards and interceptions. Iola lost two fumbles.
Ethan Fulton led Iola’s offense with five catches for 60 yards and seven carries for 18 yards. Apt ended up with 46 yards on three carries. Frazell caught two passes for 43 yards.
Chris Heffern recorded nine unassisted tackles and two assisted tackles for Iola’s defense. Kyler Thompson had eight solo stops and five assisted tackles. Shane Snavely made five solo tackles and two assists.
Kyle Heffern had three solo tackles, one assist and a quarterback sack. Seth Walden had an interception.
Iola travels to Altamont next Friday to play Labette County in SEK action.

Iola 0-0-0-7—7
Coffeyville 0-28-6-6—40

Coffeyville — Craig 80 yd pass from Cordray (Stokesberry kick)
Coffeyville — Craig 3 yd pass from Cordray (Stokesberry kick)
Coffeyville — Cordray 25 yd run (Stokesberry kick)
Coffeyville — Hershey 16 yd pass from Cordray (Stokesberry kick)
Coffeyville — Craig 7 yd pass from Cordray (kick failed)
Coffeyville Kennard 1 yd run (kick failed)
Iola — Apt 54 yd run (Frazell kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Iola-E. Fulton 7-18, Apt 3-46, D. Walden 10-4, Chris Heffern 5-11. Coffeyville -Bailey 7-57, Brown 6-29, Cordray 9-32, Smallwood 5-14, Kennard 4-20, Others 8-8.
Passing: Iola-Apt 9-21-114-1. Coffeyville-Cordray 8-11-159-1, Turner 2-3-64, Dustin Hurlbutt 0-2-0.
Receiving: Iola-E. Fulton 5-60, Frazell 2-43, Chris Heffern 2-11. Coffeyville-Craig 4-99, Barnes 1-50, Bailey 1-24, Hershey 1-16, Meyer 2-18.
Punting: Iola-Frazell 4-141 (35 yd avg.). Coffeyville-Stansbury 2-67 (33 yd avg.).