Jaguars handle the Wildcats

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

 

Register/Richard Luken
Marmaton Valley High’s Landon Hammond rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown Friday, but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell to visiting Hartford High 52-36.

MORAN — Marmaton Valley High made just enough errors on offense to put the team behind the eight ball.
And visiting Hartford’s offense was there to take advantage throughout.
The visiting Jaguars racked up 236 yards passing and five touchdowns through the air of a 52-36 win.
The loss drops Marmaton Valley to 3-5 on the season and 1-3 Kansas Eight-Man I District 2 play.
“Our defensive effort was terrible,” Wildcat head coach Dan Uhlrich said. “We were playing a 3-4 team and we only managed to stop them twice.”
The game had all of the markings of a barn-burner through a frenetic first quarter.
Barrett hit Ewy on a 30-yard touchdown run before Marmaton Valley’s Ethan Ericson scored on a 36-yard touchdown run to give the Wildcats an 8-6 lead. Hartford immediately retook the lead when Ewy broke free on a 70-yard kickoff return. A Landon Hammond four-yard run for Marmaton Valley evened the proceedings at 14-14.
The game turned early in the second period.
Marmaton Valley had forced a Jaguar punt was in scoring position, but a crucial holding penalty on fourth-and-three play negated a first down. Instead, the Wildcats were forced into a fourth-and-long pass play that fell incomplete.
Barrett connected with Jon Sliter on a 33-yard touchdown to give Hartford a 22-14 lead.
Ericson was intercepted on the Wildcats’ next possession, which led to a bit of trickery for Hartford. The Jaguars executed a reverse flea flicker that turned into another 35-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to John Payton.
Marmaton Valley’s Kurtis LaRue ended another Hartford drive by intecepting Barrett with 40 seconds left on the clock. Marmaton Valley’s hurry-up offense led to a nine-yard touchdown pass from Ericson to LaRue with 15 seconds left in the half.
The team’s traded touchdowns in the third period — Barrett found Brannon Schmitz on a 32-yard touchdown pass followed by a 15-yard touchdown run by Marmaton Valley’s Logan Booth — before Hartford scored twice in the fourth quarter to put the game away. A 45-yard touchdown pass from Ericson to LaRue wrapped up the Wildcats’ scoring.
“We committed way too many penalties,” Uhlrich said. “A lot of our problems were self-inflicted.”
Hammond picked up 100 yards on 17 carries for the Wildcats, followed by Ericson’s 8 of 23 passing for 146 yards and 52 rushing yards. Booth carried seven times for 77 yards, while LaRue pulled in six receptions for 66 yards. Skyler Houk had 50 yards on three catches. Randall Kuns rushed three times for 19 yards and had a 16-yard catch. Tanner Lewis added a 14-yard reception. Justin Holeman and Shawn Storrer each had nine tackles for Marmaton Valley. LaRue pulled in the team’s only interception.
Marmaton Valley wraps up its 2009 campaign on Thursday at Madison.
Marmaton Valley 14-8-6-8—36
Hartford 14-14-8-16—52