Independence drops to 0-6 with loss to KC-Center

INDEPENDENCE — Things just don’t seem to be getting any better for the Independence Bulldogs.

IHS surrendered 625 yards to visiting Kansas City (Mo.)-Center as it suffered a 61-8 non-league loss to the Yellowjackets last Friday at Emmot Field.

“I told the kids this, and maybe I’m wrong, but we could play them 10 times and we’re never going to beat them,” said Bulldog coach Carl Boldra. “They’re a better football team than us. They’re bigger than us, they’re stronger than us and they’re faster than us. We have to take away the positives out of this ball game. We have to go and get ready for the next week and the next week. I think we saw some leadership after the game from our kids, and we had good effort during the game. So we can take some positives out of this.”

This was the first time Independence played a team from outside the state of Kansas since 1999 when the Bulldogs took on both Bartlesville and Tulsa-McLain from Oklahoma. The last time an IHS squad faced a team from the state of Missouri was in 1993 when it captured a 28-6 victory over Neosho.

With this loss, Independence remained winless at 0-6 overall. The Bulldogs have two games remaining in the regular season, starting with this Friday’s contest in Towanda against Circle. The Thunderbirds are currently 1-5 on the season following a 35-0 setback against Buhler.

IHS found itself down 20 after one quarter but cut into that margin early in the second period. Quarterback Brayden Coller found Wyatt Chism on a 46-yard scoring strike to narrow the gap to 20-8.

Unfortunately, that was the lone highlight for the Bulldogs during the contest. The Yellowjackets (6-1) ran off the game’s final 41 points. Center had a 41-8 lead at the intermission and extended that to 54-8 at the end of three quarters.

Independence struggled to slow down the Center offense. The Bulldogs allowed a season-high 625 yards, including 530 yards on the ground by way of 38 carries. Two Yellowjackets players surpassed the century mark in rushing, including Cris Ferrer with nine carries for 176 yards and two touchdowns, as well as Sheron Manning with 10 rushes for 132 yards and three scores.

IHS recorded 230 yards of offense — 133 of that on the ground. Coller completed 5-of-8 passes for 97 yards, while Chism had four catches for 66 yards and the one touchdown.