UNIONTOWN — Making a long one-hundred and eighty mile round trip to Bourbon County, Olpe remained perfect in 2018 as they defeated Uniontown 48-6 here on Friday night.
Olpe entered the contest coming off of back-to-back competitive wins against Christ Prep and Jackson Heights. They were able to continue their impressive play on Friday, jumping out to a 41-point lead at halftime and cruising from there to the win.
Olpe improved to 5-0 with the win and will play host to Leon-Bluestem on Friday, October 5. Meanwhile, Uniontown, who was coming off of a 42-14 road loss to Lyndon last week, dropped to 1-4 on the season as they will travel to TRL leading Pleasonton in the the Class 1A-District 1 opener next Friday.
Olpe had control of the game from start to finish, opening the game by forcing the Uniontown offense into a three-and-out and then by scoring two plays after gaining possession of the ball. Sophomore scatback Kynden Robert scored a touchdown from 3-yards out, and a successful point after attempt gave Olpe a 7-0 advantage. After Jordan Barnard intercepted Uniontown’s Ty Davidson, Olpe would again march down the field for a score. A seven-play drive was capped off by senior Blaine Hinrichs rushing 5-yards for a touchdown. The Olpe offense would add another score via their rushing attack, leading 20-0 after 12 minutes of action.
Early in the second quarter, Olpe blew things open after quarterback Colby Hoelting found Hinrichs for a long 45-yard touchdown. Hinrichs later added another touchdown on a 15-yard running back screen. To cap off their dominate first half performance, Colby Hoelting passed to his kin, receiver Camden Hoelting, for another touchdown, giving them a commanding 41-0 lead.
Uniontown was unable to muster much offense in the first half as the Olpe defense corralled both their passing and ground attacks.
Olpe put the finishing touches on the win early in the second half. Running back Hayden Rhodes scored a touchdown from 2-yards out giving Olpe a 48-0 lead over Uniontown.
The Olpe Eagles, who had already shut out two opponents during the season, had a chance to do the same to Uniontown. However, late in the fourth quarter, Uniontown was able to avoid the shut out by putting together an impressive drive that ended with a touchdown. Running back Hayden Miller scored on a 4-yard rush to put the Eagles on the board.
Olpe was able to dominate nearly every aspect of the game, edging out Uniontown in total yardage. Olpe did most of its damage on the ground, but had a few chuck plays through the air.
Against the tough Olpe defense, Andrew Reed paced the Uniontown offense with 13 carries for 91 yards. Ty Davidson completed 9/20 passes for 80-yards, but was intercepted twice. Chance Fuhrman, Jake Harvey, Jez Simpson, and Reed all caught passes from Davidson, with Fuhrman hauling in 4 receptions. Hayden Miller scored the lone Uniontown touchdown on the night.
Defensively Reed finished the night with 11 tackles. In addition, freshman Mark Blythe recovered two fumbles for the Uniontown defense.
Uniontown head coach Jeremy Neville was complimentary of their opponent, saying “Olpe is one of the best small school football programs in the state of Kansas. They were extremely disciplined in their execution and played as a unit.” He also added “We need to continue improving and get on to Pleasanton, which marks the start of district play. They are a league opponent which will be exciting for us.”
UNIONTOWN 0 0 0 6 = 6
OLPE 20 21 7 0 = 0