COLGAN — Making its first home appearance of the season, the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers remained perfect with a 47-8 victory over Baxter Springs Thursday night at Hutchinson Field.

SMC was coming off back-to-back road wins at Columbus and Frontenac, surrendering just one touchdown in the process. The Panthers continued their dominance on Thursday as they jumped out to a 47-point lead after three quarters and cruised from there to the win.

“We played really well and executed well in all facets of the game,” said Colgan coach Shawn Seematter. “Our offense moved the ball well and got a lot of guys involved. Special teams gave us great field position all night, and our defense was as good as they’ve been all year. Kash Marietta broke a couple long runs and ran really well tonight. I’m very proud of all of our guys and coaches.”

SMC improved to 3-0 overall as they next travel to Centralia — 0-2 heading into Friday’s game at St. Marys — on Friday, Sept. 21. Meanwhile, Baxter Springs, which was coming off a 20-18 home win over Riverton last week, dropped to 1-2 overall as it will host Parsons in the Class 3A-District 1 opener next Friday.

The Panthers had control of things from start to finish. Matthew Lomshek put them on the board with a 17-yard touchdown run, followed by Luke Orender’s kick for a 7-0 edge. Later in the opening period, Cade Simmons ran into the end zone from five yards out to give SMC a 13-0 lead after 12 minutes of action.

Colgan blew things open before halftime. Simmons found Cal Marquardt on a 27-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter. Just before the break, Simmons scored again on a two-yard run to push the Panther advantage up to 27-0 at the intermission.

SMC put the finishing touches on the win in the second half. Kash Marietta had a pair of touchdowns on runs of 50 and 10 yards. Later, the Colgan defense got into the scoring as Marquardt picked off a Baxter Springs pass and returned it 85 yards for six.

The Panthers, who had shut out Frontenac one week earlier, had a chance to blank a second straight opponent, but the Lions avoided that when Austin Hendrix scored on an 18-yard run in the final period. Gage Piper added the conversion run for Baxter.

Colgan dominated every aspect of the game, including a 421-112 edge in total yardage. The Panthers did most of their damage on the ground, rushing for 370 yards. SMC’s defense forced Baxter Springs into three turnovers.

Marietta had a game-high 151 yards rushing on 10 attempts for the Panthers. Simmons came up just shy of the century mark on the ground with 11 rushes for 92 yards.

Kain McCully accounted for 75 of Baxter Springs’ 92 rushing yards in the contest.

(Photo by Lori Ann Spachek)

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