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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

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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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

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Monarchs seek elusive 2-0 start

Published on -9/12/2013, 10:23 AM

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By AUSTIN COLBERT

acolbert@dailynews.net

With five straight season-opening wins, the Thomas More Prep-Marian football team has proven it has a knack for starting hot. However, wins after Week 1 have been few and far between.

In the last four seasons after winning their opener, the Monarchs are 6-26 with a 3-0 start in 2011 under former coach Jon Borer the only time in that span they have won the second game. Last season, the first under current coach John Montgomery, it took until the seventh game of the year to get a second win.

Friday's 7 p.m. game at Clay Center (1-0) is a chance for TMP (1-0) to buck that trend.

"Us seniors, knowing that it's our last year, we want to leave it that we did start 2-0 and didn't have that game we left behind," senior lineman Adam Schibi said. "It's going to be a major game to see what happens for the rest of the season."

TMP defeated Ellinwood, a Class 2-1A school, 24-8 last week, the fourth-straight year the Monarchs have beaten the Eagles to open the season. Clay Center, a perennial playoff team in Class 4A, will provide a much tougher test across the board.

The Tigers, who defeated Riley County 14-12 last week, went 6-4 a season ago, with a 28-7 win over TMP in Week 2.

"They had a heck of a team and had several guys go on to play college ball," Montgomery said. "We played them hard but we couldn't stick with them last year."

But that was last year, and TMP believes it's leveled the playing field with this year's team. Clay Center graduated key seniors, and the Monarchs could have a size advantage in many areas.

Montgomery believes the key will be controlling the offensive and defensive lines, and managing what he says is a "fundamentally sound" and "aggressive" football team.

"They aren't as big as they were last year, however they play with tremendous pad level and they get off the ball both offensively and defensively," Montgomery said. "What we've been harping is that we have to be aggressive and physical, and play with tremendous pad level to match that intensity."

Senior quarterback Kody Gregory was the main weapon for Clay Center in its win Week 1, going 4 of 5 for 37 yards through the air with 12 carries for 37 yards and one touchdown. Junior tailback Baylee Easterberg led the team with 56 yards on only six carries.

Stopping the Tigers' run-heavy attack will make or break the Monarch's chance to pull the upset.

"Coach always tells us that it starts up front, so we have to do our part to make sure that whatever happens in the backfield gets done," Schibi said. "We know what we have to face but you never know until you see them."

TMP was very effective at controlling the lines against Ellinwood, when it ran for 186 yards while only giving up 15 yards on 29 rush attempts.

If the Monarchs can replicate that success against Clay Center on Friday, it will go a long way to getting them to the elusive 2-0 mark on the young season.

"We've told the offensive and defensive line that this game is going to be won up front," Montgomery said. "If we come out hungry, aggressive and a little bit mean, then we will be headed in the right direction."

Monarchs find depth at running back

Montgomery made it clear that junior running back Nick Schmidt is the starter, but he is also excited about the potential of sophomore T.J. Flax.

Flax was the big surprise for the Monarchs against Ellinwood in Week 1, running for 84 yards on only eight carries. Schmidt had 51 yards on 14 carries.

"As a staff we were extremely pleased with how he came in and wasn't timid," Montgomery said of Flax. "He went full speed."

At 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds, Flax is hardly a power back. But the way he carries the ball, it's easy to think otherwise. He is also fast, and showed it on his first varsity carry last week when he broke loose on third-and-long in the first quarter, scoring from 58 yards out.

Flax is also Schmidt's backup on defense, and his play against Ellinwood gives the coaching staff plenty of confidence going forward.

"We certainly feel more comfortable and confident subbing him in when we feel Nick needs that break," Montgomery said. "Our No. 1 guy is still Nick Schmidt, but we hope to continue to see great things out of T.J."

Megaffin getting comfortable

The nerves showed for Max Megaffin in the junior quarterback's first career varsity start against Ellinwood in Week 1. But it didn't take long for the butterflies to go away and for him to show why he was named the team's starter.

"The first couple of drives I was nervous but I settled in and played a decent game," Megaffin said. "I feel like I learned the speed of the game -- it's definitely sped up from JV to varsity."

Megaffin went 10 of 19 for 153 yards in his debut with one touchdown, a 10-yard pass to senior Ryan Mayorga in the second quarter.

With the running game as effective as it was, the pressure wasn't on Megaffin to win the game. But should he need to down the line, Montgomery has plenty of confidence in the young quarterback.

"He still made mistakes throughout the game, but the transition from snap one, two and three to where he finished the game in the third quarter, you could definitely tell he was getting more comfortable," Montgomery said. "Things started to fall in place for him."

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