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HIGHLIGHTS: Salina South Pulls Away From Salina Central

Mike Hammett - October 18, 2013 10:54 pm

photo by Tanner Colvin

Mike Jones wouldn’t let Salina South be denied a third straight win over cross-town rival Salina Central. Jones rushed for 290 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-27 win over the Mustangs.

But it wasn’t all easy for the Cougars.

Jones had his first score early. South opened the game with an 11-play drive, all on the ground, capped on Jones’ 2-yard touchdown run.

Two possessions later, Central responded with Malik Veal’s 1-yard score. Central attempted a fake extra point, but failed, as South led 7-6.

On the ensuing drive, it appeared Central had held South to a three-and-out. However, on the fourth down play, punter Jacob Foster threw a 39-yard pass to Cade Calvert, setting up the Cougars with first-and-goal at the Central 10. Jones scored on the next play to put South up 13-6 after a missed extra point.

South took off from there. After a Central fumble, Jones scored from 16 yards out. Central would fumble again, and Jones scored on an incredible 71-yard run, breaking away from several Mustang defenders 10-yards deep in the backfield before sprinting down the South sideline for the score.

After a Central punt, South scored again on a 17-yard run by Justin Stonebraker to lead 34-6 with 1:15 to go in the half.

On the next play from scrimmage, Calvert intercepted a Maldaner pass at the 30-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. However, the touchdown was cancelled out by a penalty. Stonebraker would throw an interception, giving the Mustangs one more chance in the half.

Central took advantage. Maldaner hit Veal for a 23-yard touchdown pass with four seconds left in the half, pulling Central within 34-13 at the break.

In the second half, Central added to the momentum with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Maldaner to Kamen Kossow, cutting South’s lead to 34-20.

Three plays later, South fumbled and Central recovered. The Mustangs marched into the red zone, but Maldaner had a pass intercepted by Calvert at the goal line. Calvert ran 100 yards for the South touchdown, pushing the lead to 41-20.

Central would not threaten to make it a one score game again. Veal added another touchdown for Central, and Jones tacked on two more scores as South pulled away for the 55-27 win.

South rushed for 452 yards as a team, and racked up 530 yards of offense. Maldaner threw for 323 yards for Central, and the Mustangs had 473 yards of offense. However, Central was undone by five turnovers. South turned the ball over four times.

Salina South is 5-2 overall, and finishes AVCTL Division I play 5-1, claiming at least a share of the league title. The Cougars are 1-0 in district play and host Hays next week. The Indians are also 1-0 in district play after defeating rival Great Bend.

Salina Central is 2-5 overall and finishes 0-5 in AVCTL Division I. The Mustangs are 0-1 in district play and travel to Great Bend next week.

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