Golden Tornado thump Bulldogs in 100th edition of Montgomery County showdown

INDEPENDENCE — There have been plenty of memorable moments over the past century in the annual CoffeyvilleIndependence football matchup. In fact, the teams have locked up in many classic battles.

Friday will likely be one that doesn’t go down in the record books as one of the all-time great meetings. Instead, it turned into one of the most lopsided games ever in the series.

Playing the 100th edition of the Montgomery County showdown, the visiting Golden Tornado stormed out of the gates and never looked back en route to a 60-0 rout of the Bulldogs in a Class 4A-Division I-District 4 contest at Emmot Field.

The ‘Nado win snapped a brief two-game win streak for the Bulldogs in the series, which included a 48-21 decision in Coffeyville a year ago that locked up the team’s first Southeast Kansas League championship in 21 years. Coffeyville has won five of the past seven matchups and improved its overall edge in the all-time series to 55-42-3. The Coffeyville-Independence series is one of the longest continuous series in the state of Kansas.

With the win, Coffeyville moved back to the .500 mark overall at 4-4 as it kept its hopes alive for a postseason berth. The Golden Tornado will close out the regular season next Friday with a home game against district leader Labette County. The ‘Nado stand at 1-1 in district play following an earlier 30-28 loss at Chanute, while the Grizzlies locked up the Southeast Kansas League championship on Friday with a 36-0 victory over Chanute and are now 2-0 in the district.

Meanwhile, Independence — 2-6 overall — will be playing for pride next Friday as it travels to Chanute for its regular-season finale. The Bulldogs are 0-2 in district play and will likely miss the postseason for just the fourth time in the past 11 seasons.

The Golden Tornado wasted no time taking control of Friday’s contest against the Bulldogs. It took the ‘Nado all of three plays and 32 seconds to get on the scoreboard on a three-yard run into the end zone by Brennden Graham.

Midway through the opening quarter, Coffeyville was it again on a 67-yard pass play from Jaylen Logan to CJ Kelley that gave the visitors a 16-0 edge after 12 minutes of action.

The ‘Nado opened things up before halftime — first on a two-yard scoring run by Logan and the second on a 19-yard strike from Logan to Trey Myrie that pushed the Coffeyville lead up to 30-0 at the intermission.

Any chance of Independence making a game of it in the second half quickly went away as it turned ugly in a hurry during the third quarter. The Golden Tornado struck for 23 points in a span of less than four minutes, which included a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tajahan Thomas. The ‘Nado led 53-0 after three quarters and added another score in the final period to cap off the blowout victory.

This was the third time in the last five meetings the Golden Tornado have scored at least 60 points against the Bulldogs.

Coffeyville had 437 total yards of offense, including 259 on the ground. Logan led the way for the Golden Tornado, carrying the ball 16 times for 134 rushing yards while completing 8-of-15 passes for 178 through the air. His top receiver was Kelley, who had three catches for 104 yards.

Independence finished with 235 yards, with 183 of that coming on the ground. The Bulldogs have now been outscored 119-0 in their two district games so far this season.