HIGHLIGHTS: No. 1 Salina South Upset by Maize
Todd Pittenger - September 13, 2013 10:55 pm
For the second week in a row the Salina South Cougars made a Friday night road trip to the Wichita area. But unlike last week, when the Cougars brought home a victory over the then top-ranked team in 6A Derby, this time it was a disappointing 40 – 28 loss at Maize.
After going three and out on offense to begin the game, the Cougars quickly fell behind 7 – 0. Twice in the first quarter South gave great field position to Maize to begin a drive. The defense held on downs after a very short punt set Maize up to begin it first drive at the Cougar 35 yard line. But the Cougars immediately gave the ball right back with a fumble, and this time Maize took advantage of the short field, scoring the game’s first touchdown on a short Connor Lungwitz to Kendall Stewart pass.
The Cougars would score the next two touchdowns, on a Justin Stonebraker to Aaron Mar pass, and on a run by Mike Jones, to take their first and only lead of the game at 14 – 7.
Maize came back, and with :50 left in the half scored on a short touchdown pass, this time to Kavan Jobe, to tie the score at 14 – 14 at the break.
The Eagles came out motivated in the second half, and dominated the third quarter. The Maize offense scored three touchdowns in the quarter, while at the same time their defense held the Cougars without a first down for nearly the entir quarter.
South would rally late, though. Twice they were able to get back to within a touchdown. Zach Nachbar got behind the defense twice, and Stonebraker hit him for touchdown passes of 46 and 76 yards.
As time was winding down, the South defense was desperately trying to come up with a stop. But Maize put the game out of reach when Chase White rumbled 52 yards for the final points of the game.
South falls to 1 – 1 on the season, while Maize is now 2 – 0.
Maize is on the road next week, at Derby.
The Cougars are back home next Friday. Not only is it the home opener, but it is homecoming as well, as South host perrenial state power Blue Valley.