IMS seventh-grade wins, eighth-grade loses

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

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Iola Middle School’s eighth-grade football team is set at the line of scrimmage during a recent home game. On Tuesday, the Ponies lost 30-20 to visiting Parsons Middle School in Iola’s final home game of the season.
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Iola Middle School’s Tristan Ingle (68) is ready on the defensive line in an earlier seventh-grade game at home. On Tuesday, the IMS seventh-grade won 12-6 in triple overtime in its final home game.

Iola Middle School’s seventh-grade football team worked hard for its victory Tuesday in their final home game of the 2009 season.
The seventh-grade Ponies and Parsons Middle School’s Lancers went three overtimes to determine the winner. Iola emerged victorious 12-6.
On a rainy afternoon that turned to evening the teams were scoreless at the end of regulation.
Parsons scored in the first overtime and Drew Faulhaber had a eight-yard run to the end zone for Iola. Both teams failed to convert on extra-point attempts.
Neither team scored in the second overtime period. Iola got the ball first in the third overtime and Faulhaber scored on another sweep play. Iola’s two-point conversion pass failed.
Then it was Parsons’ turn.
“We stopped them on four downs with Colton Heffern getting a quarterback sack to end the game,” said Tim Seibel, IMS seventh-grade head coach.
“I was very pleased with how well the defense played. For the most part everyone did their assignments and Parsons was only able to sustain one decent drive that went about 40 yards until we put the brakes on them,” said Travis Herm-stein, IMS seventh-grade assistant coach.

IOLA’S EIGHTH-grade Ponies pushed out to a 20-8 halftime lead on Parsons. The Lancers scored 22 second-half points to collect the 30-20 win over the Ponies.
“We were more concerned about the weather conditions than playing football,” said Marty Taylor, IMS eighth-grade head coach. “The good news is we have two more games to get things fixed.”
Tyler McIntosh scored for Iola on runs of 35 yards and two yards. McIntosh rushed for 111 yards on 12 carries and was 1 of 6 for 33 yards passing plus two interceptions.
John Whitworth scored on a four-yard run in the first quarter. McIntosh ran in the two-point conversion.
Whitworth had 77 yards on 18 carries. Derrick Weir caught the one pass for 33 yards.
Parsons had four big plays go for touchdowns in the game.
The IMS teams are at Pittsburg Thursday.