The 2018 football season got underway for area teams Holly, Wiley, and McClave last weekend.
In a showdown of preseason state-ranked teams, the No. 5 ranked Holly Wildcats won a road game against No. 9 Dayspring Christian, 41-16, on Saturday, Aug. 25.
“It was a good win,” said Holly head coach Dayne Eaton. “We came out and played with a lot of intensity.”
Holly took a 12-8 lead after the first quarter and scored on a 5-yard run by Andy Ramos and a 7-yard run by Erick Chaparro.
The Wildcats trailed 16-8 before they struck for a pair of TDs on a six-yard interception by Kobe Davis and a 63-yard pass from Davis to Gus Dominguez to grab a 28-16 lead at halftime and never looked back.
“We were trading touchdowns with them early,” Eaton said, “We made some adjustments on defense and assistant coach (Angel) Pecina coached up a couple of kids and that made a big difference. Then we kind of ran away with it in the second half.”
In the second half, Holly’s defense went to work and held the Eagles scoreless the rest of the way.
Holly scored twice in the third quarter on a 47-yard run by Chaparro and a 2-yard run by Ramos to round out the game’s scoring.
On offense, the Wildcats finished with 196 yards in the air and 227 on the ground for a total of 423 yards.
QB Davis completed 15-of-26 attempts with two TD strikes and no interceptions.
Dominguez paced the receivers with 5 catches for 101 yards and 1 TD. William Kennedy had 3 catches for 31 yards; Andy Ramos had 1 catch for 9 yards, and 1 TD; and Michael Rushton had 2 catches for 31 yards.
Ramos and Chaparro sparked a one-two punch on the ground with a combined 189 yards. Ramos gained 97 yards on 16 carries with 1 TD while Chaparro added 92 yards on 7 carries with 2 TDs.
On defense, Chaparro led the way with 12 tackles (5 solo) and two interceptions. Kennedy registered 11 tackles (7 solo), Brendyn Nordyke had 11 tackles (5 solo), and Grayden Flint added 9 tackles (4 solo).
Holly hits the road again when the Wildcats travel to face Akron this Friday at 7 p.m.
“The game with Akron will be a good test,” said Eaton. Akron is coming off a 34-8 road win at Springfield last Friday.
McClave and Wiley didn’t fare well in road games to open the season. McClave fell to the Sanford Indians, 46-18. The Cardinals scored the first touchdown of the game to take a 6-0 lead before Sanford got on the scoreboard with a pair of TD runs to take a 12-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Cardinals tallied on a rushing TD to trail 14-12 with nine minutes to go. The game then got away from McClave when the Indians struck for three TD strikes to build a 32-12 advantage at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Sanford scored twice to extend its lead to 46-12. McClave scored with under a minute in the game to bring the final score to 46-18. The Cardinals will host Pikes Peak Christian at 7 p.m. this Friday.
Wiley traveled to Boise City, OK, where they fell 63-16. Heading into the 2018 season, Wiley head coach Tand Bitner said his team would need to improve on defense where they struggled with allowing the big play. That was the case against Boise City as the Panthers had missed assignments and was hurt with poor tackling. Wiley looks to rebound when the Panthers travel west on Highway 50 to face Swink in their season opener for the Lions at 7 p.m. on Friday.
In 6-man football, the Granada Bobcats will make their debut in the classification when they host the Idalia Wolves on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Kiowa County Independent is pleased to welcome John Contreras formerly of the Lamar Ledger as a new contributor in sports. Mr. Contreras will cover schools directly south of Kiowa County including Holly, Granada, Wiley, and McClave.