UNIONTOWN, Kan. – Olpe traveled to Uniontown Friday night and made their presence known. Aided by two early Uniontown fumbles, Olpe cruised to a dominating 55-0 victory.
Uniontown won the coin-toss and elected to receive the ball to begin the contest. However, on the very first play of the game, a bad exchange between the quarterback and center resulted in a fumble. Olpe pounced on the ball and would take over at the Uniontown 30-yard line. Olpe would make quick work with the turnover, as quarterback Colbren Hoelting threw a quick slant over the middle to Kadon Redeker who ran 30-yards to the endzone. Olpe’s PAT kick was blocked by Uniontown’s Gavin Fry, leaving the score 6-0 with 11:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Again, Uniontown would receive the ball. Andrew Reed scampered through the Olpe defense for a 15-yard gain on what looked like a promising start to their drive. However, once again a bad exchange between the quarterback and center resulted in another fumble that was recovered by Olpe. Capitalizing quickly again, Olpe’s running back Blaine Hinrichs sped past the Uniontown defense for a 17-yard score. The PAT was good, putting the score at 13-0 with 10:26 remaining in the quarter.
Olpe would add two more scores in the first quarter, a 51-yard screen pass from Redeker to Hinrichs, and a 35-yard throw from Redeker to Damion Schmidt. At the end of the first quarter, Olpe led 28-0.
Early in the second quarter, Olpe speedy running back Kynden Robert took a sweep toss 7-yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good, increasing Olpe’s lead to 35-0 with 10:41 left in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Uniontown’s Andrew Reed broke off an exciting 55-yard return, setting the Eagles up with fantastic field position. Uniontown gained two first downs, but would stall at the Olpe 7-yard line, turning the ball over on downs.
Olpe ended the half by marching 93-yards down the field to score. Finishing the drive with a quarterback sneak, Hoelting punched in the ball from 1-yard out.
Olpe entered the locker room with a commanding 41-0 lead over Uniontown.
With the clock running, the second half moved quickly.
Olpe first possession of the third quarter ate up almost eight minutes of time. Running back Chance Redeker finished the drive by scoring a 2-yard touchdown with 4:27 remaining in the quarter. Olpe’s lead increased to 48-0.
The last score of the night belonged to Olpe’s running back Hayden Rhodes, who scored a 3-yard touchdown. With 8:38 remaining, Olpe led 55-0.
Olpe improved to 3-2 on the season, while Uniontown drops to 2-3.
Andrew Reed led the Eagles on offense with 32-yards rushing and 14-yards receiving, while also gaining 87-yards on kickoff returns. Olpe’s defense limited the Uniontown offense to just 51 total yards. On defense the Eagles were paced by Ty Davidson’s 13 tackles and Gavin Fry’s 11 tackles.
Olpe was led on offense by quarterback Colbren Hoelting. Hoelting was 11/14 passing for 194-yards and 3 touchdowns. Seven Olpe rushers combined for 254-yards on 37 carries, while scoring 5 touchdowns.
Looking ahead, Uniontown (2-3, 1-1 TRL) will host Shawnee Maranatha Academy Friday night, while Olpe will travel to face Yates Center.