The Chieftains headed to Macksville on Friday to take on a perennial-power down on its luck in 2012. That did not stop the Mustangs from winning a 64-50 shootout. South Barber (3-2) led 50-48 after three quarters, but Macksville (2-3) score twice in the final quarter to steal the win.
The Chieftains moved the ball plenty with 477 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Peyton Yandel had a hand in five touchdowns, rushing for two scores and 143 yards on 38 carries. He also completed 17-of-24 passes for 243 yards and three more touchdowns. Sophomore Dylan Allison finished with 77 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, also leading the team with 102 yards on six receptions, one of which went for a score. Jace Thurman scored on the ground and added a catch for a score, finishing with 61 yards on three receptions. Kale Girty had the other touchdown, ending his night with 36 yards on six catches. Defensively, Yandel had the lone interception for the South Barber defense.
The Thunderbirds are still looking for their first win following a 32-6 district loss to Fairfield on Friday. Skyline hung around trailing 16-6 at the half before the Falcons scored touchdowns in each of the final two quarters to pull away. Fairfield now sits atop Div. I, District 6 with a 3-0 record. Skyline is 0-2 in district.
Senior Brandon Baird had the best luck of moving the ball, taking 20 carries for 81 yards and the lone T-bird touchdown. Dustin Weber added 35 yards on nine carries, and three other rushers combined for 11 yards. The sophomore Weber completed 4-of-8 passes for 49 yards with an interception, and Baird also threw an interception on 1-of-6 passing for 20 yards. Cole Patterson caught two passes for 42 yards, and Baird finished with three receptions for 22 yards. Baird had 20 tackles on defense, and Weber had an interception in the loss.
For the second week in a row, the Chargers had to take on a Div. II, District 2 front runner. Last week, it was Goessel. Friday, Burrton (0-5) could not stop Cole Brady and Chase in a 56-8 loss to the Kats.
Brady scored four times in the first quarter and three times in the second quarter for the 56-8 halftime score. The Chargers failed to score on offense, relying only on a 60-yard kick return from Davon DeMaris for points on the night. Quarterback Caleb Hurst led the team with 56 rushing yards on 16 carries, completing two passes for an additional two yards. DeMaris carried the ball nine times for 43 yards.
The Eagles entered Friday’s district and HOPL match-up against Cunningham with just one win. That win happened to come in district play. Lightning did not strike twice. Despite a strong first quarter, Norwich eventually fell to the Wildcats 78-48.
The teams traded scores in a track meet of a first quarter. Jacob Norris started a big night with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Brandon DePriest. Daniel Behrens added a 67-yard punt return, then Norris connected with Behrens for another 36-yard strike to give the Eagles a 22-14 lead. Norris threw for another touchdown to DePriest in the second quarter and ran in from 14 yards out but Cunningham led 50-34 at the half. Norris and DePriest each scored on one-yard runs in the second half for the only two Norwich scores. Norris finished with 237 yards on 17-of-38 passing, also leading the Eagles with 87 rushing yards on 28 carries. DePriest pulled in nine receptions for 126 yards, and Behrens had 56 yards on two catches.
The Trojans entered Friday’s Div. II, District 4 game against district-leading Caldwell without a district win. The Blue Jays remain at the top of the district, improving to 3-2 overall, 3-0 in district with a 22-6 win over the Trojans.
Caldwell scored once in each of the first two quarters to lead 14-0 at the half. Stafford scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter to get back within one possession, but the Jays scored the final touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Tristan Paulsen ran for 99 yards on 23 carries. Sophomore Ethan Johnson added 86 yards and the score on 17 carries. Sophomore quarterback Derek McClure threw for 73 yards on 3-of-7 passing but threw two picks. Austin Ceniti led the receivers with two catches for 60 yards.