Patriots Trounce Titans

The Patriots of West Elk High School won in spectacular fashion yet again in Friday night’s contest in Howard, Kansas against the Southern Coffey County Titans with a final of 54-8 at halftime and advance to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in district play.

After reaching the halfway point in the regular season, the Patriots are no strangers to the Kansas 8-man football mercy rule. In fact, as far as the 2017 season is concerned, that is all they are accustomed to. This contest in particular was ended at halftime following a Josh Johnson (Sr.) 1-yd touchdown run, paired with Nic Moreno’s 4th successful 2pt conversion of the evening.

West Elk Head Coach Chris Haag said his defense was “very physical and tackled extremely well” which serves to be the truth as the Patriots only allowed one score, a 46-yd pass from SCC quarterback Jett Harvey, which happened after the contest was already all but decided. West Elk only allowed 65 total yards by the Titans while putting up 348 of their own.

Offensively, the Patriots were led by senior quarterback Cade Miller. Miller connected through the air with four different receivers off of nine attempts and five completions for a total of 119 yards and two touchdowns with a pair of passing 2pt conversions to boot. Miller also contributed in the ground game with four attempts that tallied up to one touchdown and 75 yards.

Next week should prove to be the real test for two high-caliber 8-man teams. West Elk travels to meet the St. Paul Indians, a battle of the undefeated as both teams will walk onto the field with a record of 5-0 and both looking to further solidify themselves as being in the ranks of the top teams in Kansas 8-man football.