Around the Three Rivers League: A recap of Friday’s action

If you are curious as to how the Three Rivers League did as a whole in week four, you’ve come to the right place.

Friday night marked the beginning of district play for many of the teams in the TRL, and for the most part, it was a tough evening for the schools. In total, eight of the twelve TRL football programs lost. Without further explanation, the following is a breakdown of the Friday night action across both the 11-man and 8-man divisions.

11-Man Division

Humboldt @ Jayhawk-LinnHumboldt defeats Jayhawk-Linn 73-0

Humboldt strolled into Mound City with a perfect 3-0 record and left with a perfect 4-0 record, winning 73-0. A little revenge may have been in play, as Humboldt avenged a narrow 34-30 loss to the Jayhawks last season. This game had the added importance of being the district opener for both squads. The Cubs scored touchdowns two times on their first three offensive plays and would pile on a whopping 52 total points by halftime. Jayhawk-Linn’s offense struggled to move the ball against the Humboldt defense. Outside of a 42-yard reception by Hayden Broyles, the Jayhawks were stagnant all night. Both Conor Haviland and Dagen Goodner ran for over 100 yards for the Cubs while the defense piled on 18 tackles for loss. Jayhawk head coach Randy Leach reiterated that “Humboldt is a good team. They have good speed, size, and are aggressive.” For Jayhawk-Linn this is the first time they have lost in back-to-back weeks since 2015. As district play continues next Friday night, Jayhawk-Linn (2-2, 2-1 TRL, 0-1 district) will host Southeast while Humboldt plays host to Erie. For a full recap of the contest, click here.

Northeast @ SoutheastSoutheast defeats Northeast 27-6

Southeast continued its hot start to 2018 defeating rival Northeast 27-6. After losing 28-straight games, Southeast has now won three out of four to start the season with their only loss coming to Pleasanton, 8-0. The Lancers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. By halftime the Lancers led 20-0, riding their defense the rest of the contest to victory, holding the Vikings’ offense to a single touchdown. Quarterback Brette Malle paced Southeast’s offense rushing for 148-yards and 1 touchdown while also completing 6/15 passes for 155-yards and 1 touchdown. Lancer’s head coach Jerrad Hansen was happy for the most part with his teams performance on Friday night. “I felt like we came out and executed really well in the first half and about half of the third quarter. We then lost focus and allowed Northeast to get back into the game by not finishing drives or tackling well,” said Hansen. “We need to improve and play four quarters of football. But I could not be more proud or excited for my boys as it has been quite some time since we won a homecoming game. The team deserved this win tonight and hopefully we will learn and continue to improve.” Looking ahead, Southeast (3-1, 2-1 TRL, 1-0 district) travels to play league foe Jayhawk-Linn. The Northeast Vikings (0-4, 0-4 TRL, 0-1 district) will attempt to end its 25-game losing streak as they host the CNC’s Riverton.

Uniontown @ LyndonLyndon defeats Uniontown 42-14

Friday night Uniontown traveled to face the perennial 1A powerhouse, Lyndon. The Eagles were able to keep the contest close, only down 21-14 at halftime. However, a second-half surge by Lyndon proved to be the difference. Early it seemed as if Lyndon may run away with the game after the Tigers intercepted a Ty Davidson pass and quickly turned the turnover into points. Uniontown’s Andrew Reed was able to put the Eagles on the scoreboard after a 58-yard scamper into the endzone. Later in the second quarter, Uniontown again scored after a long pass play from Davidson to Jez Simpson that placed the ball near the goal line. Reed eventually punched the ball in for a touchdown. There would not be enough offense for the Eagles as the Lyndon defense tightened up in the third and fourth quarters, shutting the Eagles’ offense out of the endzone. Andrew Reed paced the Eagles offense with 17 carries for 74-yards and 2 touchdowns. Reed also finished with 17 tackles on the night. Defensively, Ty Davidson, Nick Hathaway, and Korbin Miller all had 10 tackles while Hayden Miller and Zach Franklin both finished with 8 tackles. “Lyndon is a solid small school 11-man program. They were physical, intelligent, and united on the field. You look at their roster and they are playing freshman and sophomores at key positions, but those kids were tough,” said Eagles’ head coach Jeremy Neville. “Our habits and expectations need to change or we will continue to get the same results. We had a lot of self-imposed adversity leading up to and throughout the game. It is disappointing, but we are on to next week. Olpe is one of the best programs in all of Class 1A football.” Neville also had high praise for the Tigers football team off the field. “Their players were so respectful. It is obvious that football is a big part of that community.” Moving forward, the schedule does not get any easier for Uniontown (1-3, 1-2 TRL) as they will host another tough opponent in Olpe.

Leon-Bluestem @ PleasantonPleasanton defeats Leon-Bluestem 46-6

Pleasanton continued their remarkable start to the program’s first season back to 11-man football, defeating Leon-Bluestem 46-6 to stay undefeated. Blu-Jays head coach Dustin Johnson has continued to dial up their Air-Raid offense, again out pacing another opponent. Pleasanton is averaging a prolific 33-points per game in 2018. In fact, that number would be much higher if not for a low scoring 8-0 win over Southeast. Kaden McKee continued his stellar play, marching the Blu-Jays’ offense up and down the field all throughout the game. With district play approaching, Pleasanton continues to impress and serve notice to the TRL that they are not to be overlooked. Next Friday the league leading Blu-Jays (4-0, 3-0 TRL) will dip back into the 8-man division for a contest against Osceola.

Northern Heights @ Yates CenterNorthern Heights defeats Yates Center 39-8

For the fifth straight season Yates Center was defeated by Northern Heights. The loss drops the Wildcats to 1-3 overall on the year. The two squads were close throughout the beginning stages of the game, but Yates Center’s offense struggled to maintain drives all night, scoring one lone touchdown. So far in 2018 Yates Center has been outscored by its opponents 144-37. The Wildcats (1-3, 1-2 TRL) look to right the ship when they travel to play Leon-Bluestem on Friday.

8-Man Division

Altoona-Midway @ ChetopaAltoona-Midway defeats Chetopa 38-14

Week four marked the district opener for both squads. After losing quite a number of games in a row, Altoona-Midway was able to break into the win column a season ago against Chetopa. In 2018 much was the same in this match-up. Altoona-Midway used a strong defensive effort to pull away from the Hornets in the second-half, winning 38-14. Altoona-Midway has won back-t0-back contests over Chetopa. Meanwhile, Chetopa lost its 15th straight regular season contest. District play continues for both 8-man squads next week as Altoona-Midway (1-3, 1-1 TRL, 1-0 district) will host the 2017 8-man State Runner-Ups St. Paul Indians while Chetopa (0-4, 0-2 TRL, 0-1 district) hosts Southern Coffey Co.

St. Paul @ Colony-CrestSt. Paul defeats Colony-Crest 50-0

After a stellar 2017 campaign that saw the Indians make it all the way to the State title game, St. Paul opened up their season with a loss to Sedan. Since that loss St. Paul looks to be back on track, winning their third straight game by defeating Crest 50-0. St. Paul improves to 3-1 while Crest falls to 0-4. The Indians jumped out to a quick lead using their ground attack. Before you knew it the game was out of reach for the Lancers. Looking ahead, St. Paul (3-1, 1-0 TRL, 1-0 district) travels to face Altoona-Midway. For Crest 2018 has not been kind. They have been shutout in their last three contests and have been outscored by their opponents 232-12. The Lancers (0-4, 0-1 TRL, 0-1 district) look to capture the team’s first win of the season as they travel to Marmaton Valley.

Marmaton Valley @ Southern Coffey Co.Southern Coffey Co. defeats Marmaton Valley 50-0

The Marmaton Valley Wildcats have had a rough go in 2018, starting 0-4. However, the Wildcats have had one of the tougher 8-man schedules in the TRL thus far playing West Elk, Oswego, Sedan, and Southern Coffey Co. While the majority of their games have been competitive this season, tonight Marmaton Valley was in a big hole early. Southern Coffey Co. stuck first and never looked back, racing out to a big halftime lead. Marmaton Valley (0-4, 0-1 TRL, 0-1 district) hosts Colony-Crest in a game where one team will pick up its first victory of the season.

Sedan @ OswegoSedan defeats Oswego 38-34

There are not many occasions when an 8-man contest is not a high scoring track meet. Many times a team will win by 50-plus or 60-plus points. However, that was not the case tonight. Friday night’s contest between Sedan and Oswego was a highly entertaining barnstormer. After dropping down to the 8-man division from the 11-man ranks, Oswego got off to a blazing start in 2018, starting a perfect 3-0. Unfortunately for the Indians, they ran into a very good Sedan squad dropping their first game of the season, 38-34. In tonight’s contest it felt like the team who got one crucial stop, one big-time touchdown, or whoever possessed the football last would win. Ultimately, Sedan was able to make enough plays on offense and defense to overcome a strong effort from Oswego. Sedan moved to 4-0 with the win. Moving forward to week 5, Oswego (3-1, 3-0 TRL, 0-1 district) continues district play as they travel to West-Elk.

(Author’s note: Don’t forget you can always keep up with the latest district standings in the playoff hunt for the area teams we cover by visiting our Football Playoffs page)