Lancers land district victory

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Crest High’s Kyle Hammond (20) waits for teammate Thomas Dietrich (70) to complete a block against Hartford High defender Brannon Schmitz (83) in the first half of Crest’s 54-24 win Friday.

COLONY — On an evening packed with big plays on offense, a key defensive play by Crest High turned a back-and-forth affair into a runaway success.
The Lancers were locked in a slugfest with visiting Hartford High, leading 14-12 at the midway point of the second quarter, when Kyle Hammond capped a long scoring drive for the Lancers to take a 20-12 lead.
But as the Jaguars were trying to respond, Crest’s Dexter Wiley was there to recover a fumble at midfield. Wiley narrowly missed scoring on the recovery when he was knocked out bounds at the Hartford one-yard line.
Dakota Ramsey plowed through one play later for a 27-12 lead.
Hartford never threatened again as Crest rolled to a 54-24 homecoming victory.
The win keeps Crest’s record spotless on the year at 5-0 and 1-0 in Kansas Eight-Man Division 1, District 2 play.
“That fumble recovery was huge,” Lancer head coach Brent Smith said. “It really gave us momentum.”
Up until then, the teams traded huge plays like they were baseball cards.
Dexter Ramsey’s 37-yard run in the first quarter set the Lancers up at the Jaguar nine-yard line. Ramsey scored one play later for an 8-0 lead.
Hartford utilized a 35-yard pass play to set up three-yard John Sliter touchdown run.
Ramsey’s second long run of the game, covering 42 yards, pushed the Lancer lead to 14-6. But another Jaguar pass play set up Sliter for his second score of the game.
Then came the two scores for Crest 21 seconds apart to give Crest the 15-point margin.
The cushion grew to 35 points, 47-12, in the third quarter, via touchdown runs by Bryan Newton (one yard), Thomas Dietrich (three yards) and Hammond (three yards).
Crest rushed for 399 yards on the ground in the contest.
“Credit goes to our offensive line,” Smith said. They did a great job of blocking.”
Hartford scored twice in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 23 points before Newton capped the game with a 50-yard run.
“It was an all-around team effort,” Smith said. “Everybody contributed, whether they were on the field playing or on the sideline cheering them on.”
Newton rushed for 159 yards, followed by Ramsey with 156. Micah Smith rushed for 36 yards and recorded 17 tackles on defense, Hammond rushed for 27 yards and completed a 16-yard pass — his only other attempt was intercepted — to Newton for 16 yards. Dietrich rushed for 18 yards, coupled with 15 tackles and three sacks on defense. Ramsey had 11 stops, followed by Wiley and Newton with seven apiece. Smith also had two sacks, while Byron Miller and Zach Stinnett each recorded one sack.
It wasn’t a spotless win, Smith noted.
“We had some breakdowns on pass defense that we’ll get corrected in practice,” he said. “And we committed way too many penalties.”
The win sets up a crucial showdown next Saturday for Crest at Marmaton Valley.
“I’ve been here for six years, and it’s the same way every year,” Smith said. “You can throw out the records. A lot of these kids know each other, many have gone to both schools and even some are related to each other.”
In halftime ceremonies, Newton was crowned homecoming king. Amanda Strickler was homecoming queen.

Crest 14-13-20-7—54
Hartford 6-6-0-12—24

Crest — Ramsey 9 yd run (Hammond run)
Hartford — Sliter 3 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Ramsey 42 yd run (PAT failed)
Hartford — Sliter 2 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Hammond 2 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Ramsey 1 yd run (Vencel kick)
Crest — Newton 1 yd run (Vencel kick)
Crest — Dietrich 3 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Hammond 8 yd run (Vencel kick)
Hartford — Ewy NA pass from Barrett (PAT failed)
Hartford — Ewy NA run (PAT failed)
Crest — Newton 50 yd run (Vencel kick)