ALTAMONT- Coming into week 4 play, both teams were coming off of a week 3 that showed plenty of promise for both squads as Labette County completely overpowered Osawatomie 49-0, and Parsons found an offensive groove as they gained over 500 yards of offense in a 56-50 loss to Independence. This week however, carried a completely different tune. Parsons couldn’t gain any traction as starting quarterback, Daquan Johnson went out towards the end of the first half with what has been reported as an apparent rib injury. The Grizzlies D completely shutdown a great group of athletes on the Vikings roster, holding the offense to just 79 total yards and only 4 first downs on the night. Big plays came in all facets, starting with a first quarter 40 yard pick six by KeShaun Anderson, a Parsons transfer, and continued all night long. The defense played as a complete unit as they disrupted the passing attack with a total of 4 team sacks, courtesy of Quiency Jones (1), Caleb Haggard (2), and Braden Baker (1). The Grizzlies also recorded 8 total passes defended, Ethan Jameson (3), KeShaun Anderson (2), Caleb Hentzen (2), and Tate Phillips (1).
On the offensive side of things, the Grizzlies kept their play calls balanced most of the night and it paid off big time. Easton Dean was efficient through the air, as he completed 11 of 16 pass attempts for 275 yards for 4 scores. Dean also added 2 scores on the ground as he ran for 77 yards on 9 carries. Senior tailback T.J Mayhue continued adding stats onto his consistently productive season, as he pounded the rock for 141 yards and 3 scores on just 19 carries. Others that factored into the solid running attack were KeShaun Anderson who had 70 yards rushing on 4 carries and Kale Irwin who received 6 carries for 21 yards. Irwin also had a solid day receiving as he led the team with 3 grabs for 87 yards and a score. Owyn Back recorded 2 TD’s on 75 yards receiving on 2 catches, and Tanner Russell hauled in 2 passes for 58 yards and a TD.
Labette improves to 3-1 overall and is now (1-0) in SEK play. They will look to add another win into the stat column next week as they play at home against a solid 3-1 Fort Scott team.
Parsons drops to 0-4, both overall and in league play on the season. The Vikings will have a good shot at earning their first victory next week as they will play at home against a lackluster 0-4 Iola squad.
Photo Credit to Tre’Vaughn Mayhue!