www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

MLS and players reach deal -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

KU's Ellis out vs. OU -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Kacperska ready to step up -3/5/2015, 10:58 AM

Gregorian: Royals' bats come alive in exhibition -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Wichita State's Wessel, Carter chosen for MVC's Most-Improved Team -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

TV analyst Mark Adams loves the MVC -3/5/2015, 10:57 AM

Bills get their workhorse back in LeSean McCoy -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Perry Ellis will miss regular season finale -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Kansas rallies, wins Big 12 outright -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Wildcats have shot at tourney? -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Lehman, Hobson collect MIAA honors -3/4/2015, 1:44 PM

Two headed to nationals for Tiger track -3/4/2015, 11:51 AM

Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Sports Scores

Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

Click To View All


myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

Indians fall in nailbiter to open season

Published on -9/1/2012, 12:19 PM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

By KLINT SPILLER

kspiller@dailynews.net

JUNCTION CITY -- Silence enveloped the Hays High School football team as it trudged off Junction City's field following its heartbreaking loss Friday evening.

The Indians surrendered a three-score, first-quarter lead and lost 44-43 in overtime to Junction City (1-0).

It was a night of highs and lows for Hays High (0-1).

The Indians, who returned just three starters on offense and four on defense, demonstrated moments of pure brilliance on the field, and at other moments, their inexperience shown through.

"There were times we saw glimpses of what we were capable of doing if we put it together," Hays High coach Ryan Cornelsen said.

After Hays High built a 22-0 lead in the first quarter, Junction City battled back and tied the game late in the fourth quarter.

Hays High did its part, putting up 7 points in overtime, but Junction City one-upped the Indians by scoring and converting its 2-point conversion to win it.

Hays High was nearly perfect in the first quarter, scoring on all three of its possessions and forcing two Junction City three-and-outs and an interception.

In the second quarter, the momentum shifted. Hays High committed five penalties and struggled to get out of the holes it dug for itself.

This pattern repeated itself throughout the game, and in the end, Hays High committed 16 penalties for 107 yards -- nearly a third of what the Indians put up offensively.

"If you take out the mistakes, we win the game," said Cade Sharp, Hays High center and defensive tackle. "I don't know the official stats, but I guarantee we had over 100 yards of penalties."

Many of Hays High's penalties were false starts.

In fact, the Indians had three false starts in a row with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Instead of moving the chains and wasting the clock to seal a 7-point victory, the Indians got backed up and had to punt, providing Junction City with a short field. The Blue Jays took advantage and added the tying score with 1:42 remaining.

"As soon as we got set, (Junction City's players) would start saying words that were very similar to our snap count," Cornelsen said. "It was pulling us off. That's not the kids' fault. That's my fault. We've got to work that stuff in practice. I tried to do as much as I could to get our young kids ready, and I'll be honest. It didn't even dawn on me to work on that."

Hays High sophomore quarterback Alex Delton had a terrific debut, despite ending the night with a loss.

Delton, a first-year starter, led his team in rushing, carrying the ball 19 times for 102 yards and four touchdowns and completing 3-of-6 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Senior running back David Cardinal had 18 rushes for 81 yards and a touchdown, and junior fullback Preston Weigel had 10 carries for 51 yards.

Senior wide receiver Adam Deterding made two huge grabs -- one for a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter and one for 10 yards in overtime.

"Anytime you score the amount of points we scored with young kids running the show, it says they are stepping up," Cornelsen said. "I know there were a lot of mistakes and miscues that we hopefully can get corrected next week."

Defensively, several Indians made big plays.

Sharp had a sack and a blocked punt, which led to the team's first score. Senior defensive backs Chance Pitcock and Derek Bixenman each picked off Junction City quarterback Cody Tevin in the first half.

As a whole, the Indians' defense was strong at first, stopping Junction City on its first five possessions, but seemed to wear down over time. The Blue Jays took advantage of good field position and scored points on all but one possession in the second half.

Junction City produced 212 yards rushing. Senior running back Jovan Toles led the Blue Jays with 124 yards and two touchdowns.

"I think we looked good early, but we can't lose our intensity," Cornelsen said. "We've got to do better on defense. They had some good backs, but we gave them some easy yards."

Sharp said the team got tired and was pushed around by Junction City's line.

"We've just got to get tougher," Sharp said.

In overtime, Hays High got the ball first and started the period with a false start. The Indians got a couple of 2-yard rushes, and on third-and-11, Hays High went for the end zone.

Delton lobbed a pass for Deterding to jump up and grab. Deterding came down with it, but he was short of the end zone by a yard. Delton then scored on a fourth-down dive.

Following the extra point, Junction City needed 7 points to stay in it. Toles easily scored following two 5-yard runs, and Toles sealed the victory for Junction City by running into the end zone for the 2-point conversion.

"Anytime you win or lose, there are things we can learn from it," Cornelsen said. "If you're not going to play any better defense than that, then you can't win in the end. We've got to figure out how to do that better. But there's no doubt it hurt those kids. We'll bounce back and get after it."

Cornelsen said he's confident his players will be able to turn it around after the defeat.

"We've got to turn the pain of defeat into a desire to win and come out and practice harder," he said. "The coaches are going to do a good job of making sure we get the most out of them. But when you play like that, I think there is some good to take from it. With film, we can make a lot of corrections, and we'll be better next week in a lot of areas."

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos