Golden Tornado thump Bulldogs in 101st edition of Montgomery County showdown

COFFEYVILLE — In one of the longest continuous series in the state of Kansas, the Coffeyville-Field Kindley Golden Tornado steamrolled rival Independence 62-13 to celebrate homecoming on Sept. 21 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

For a second straight year, the Montgomery County showdown between Field Kindley was completely one-sided. Senior quarterback Jaylen Logan accounted for nearly 400 yards of the Golden Tornado’s offense, including a game-high 223 yards rushing, as the host team jumped out to a 50-6 lead at the intermission and never looked back.

“Jaylen had a big night for us on the ground and through the air,” said ‘Nado coach Darrin Wegner. “We don’t always know where the ball is going on offense cause we have some combined runs and passes, and he is responsible for getting it to the right spot. He did a great job of that against Indy.”

Field Kindley improved to 2-2 overall, including 1-2 in the Southeast Kansas League, as it reached the midway point of the regular season. The Golden Tornado will step out of league play on Sept. 28 when it makes the trip out west to take on Mulvane.

Meanwhile, Independence continued its early-season struggles as it dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the SEK. The Bulldogs, who have been on the road for three straight weeks, will finally return home to take on Chanute in the final league game of the season.

“We’re awfully young up front,” said IHS coach Carl Boldra. “We’ve got to get some things figured out there on what we’re going to do. In order for us to get better, you’ve got to be able to block on the offensive side. On the defensive side, we’ve got to be able to tackle. We can’t keep putting so many people in the box and not being able to protect for the pass because eventually they’re going to hit one. We’ve just got to keep working on it and get better.”

Field Kindley exploded for 544 total yards of offense, including 356 on the ground. Logan was a key part of that offensive output. Not only did he carry the ball 15 times for 223 yards, but he also completed 9-of-10 passes for 176 yards.

FKHS took its opening possession of the game right down the field, moving it 74 yards in 10 plays. That was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Logan to Trey Myrie. Logan also found C.J. Kelley for the conversion to give the ‘Nado an 8-0 lead.

The Golden Tornado then blew things open with 20 points in the span of a little more than three minutes. It started on a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kelley. Then after forcing a three-and-out, FKHS took only three plays to get back into the end zone on a two-yard run by Logan. Independence fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give Field Kindley possession at the Bulldog 13-yard line. On the next play, Logan went the distance to give the host team a 28-0 lead after one quarter of play.

Things appeared to sway a bit towards the Bulldog sideline midway through the second quarter. Pinned at the one-yard line, Field Kindley fumbled the ball in the end zone, and IHS’ Cole Swearingen pounced on it for a touchdown. On the next ‘Nado possession, the Bulldogs forced another turnover by picking off a Logan pass.

Independence could not take advantage, though, and FKHS eventually blew things open before the break. Logan scored on a seven-yard touchdown run and followed that up with a 69-yard strike to Myrie. Then with under a minute left in the half and deep in ‘Nado territory, Logan broke loose and sprinted 95 yards for another score to give Field Kindley a commanding 50-6 lead at the break.

Logan tacked on another score — this time from 23 yards out in the third quarter. Independence’s Amauryon Farley found an opening and went 76 yards for a score to cut the ‘Nado lead to 56-13 after three quarters.

In the final period, FKHS added a four-yard scoring run by Chandler Mason to cap off the blowout win.
This was the 101st edition of the Montgomery County showdown. The Golden Tornado have now scored at least 60 points in back-to-back games in the series and have won six of the past eight meetings overall. Field Kindley holds a 56-42-3 edge in the all-time series.