Crest wins score-fest over Marmaton Valley

Crest High racked up more than 500 rushing yards in scoring 86 points Monday in an 86-50 win over Marmaton Valley. Leading the way was junior running back, who scored seven touchdowns on 21 carries, covering 370 yards.

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September 14, 2021 - 10:19 AM

Crest High’s Avery Blaufuss (42) is pursued by Marmaton Valley High defender Braydon Lawson Monday evening. The Lancers came out on top, 86-50, in the high-scoring affair. Photo by Luizi Louinici

MORAN — Crest High’s Holden Barker racked up a season’s worth of statistics in just one night Monday.

The Lancer junior rushed for a mind-boggling 370 yards and seven touchdowns — on 21 carries — to lead Crest to an 86-50 victory over Marmaton Valley.

“We got up by 28 a couple different times, but they never gave up and would answer with a big score of their own,” said Crest head coach Nick McAnulty. “The big plays kept coming.”

From both sides.

Crest did most of its damage on the ground, while Marmaton Valley’s offense came primarily through the air, McAnulty said. 

Marmaton Valley High’s Garrett Henderson throws a pass Monday against Crest.Photo by Luizi Louinici

Two other Crest players reached the century mark as well. Ethan Godderz rushed 16 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns, while Avery Blaufuss reached 100 yards on 13 carries with two more scores.

Barker also added a 50-yard fumble return to go with a team-high 11 tackles. Karter Miller added nine stops and an interception.

Marmaton Valley’s potent aerial attack was a sight to behold as well.

Garrett Henderson completed 12 of 18 passes for 322 yards and five touchdowns.

Ten of those passes went to Jaedon Granere, covering 255 yards and four touchdowns.

Quincy Adams also did a little bit of everything for Marmaton Valley. He carried 13 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, took his only reception 50 yards to the end zone and returned a kickoff another score.

“It was pretty close throughout,” Marmaton Valley head coach Max Mickunas said.

“It was a wild one,” McAnulty agreed.

The game, pushed back from Friday, took 3 hours, 7 minutes to complete. 

The victory lifts the Lancers to 1-1 on the season. Marmaton Valley falls to 1-1 with the defeat.

Crest High’s Avery Blaufuss, from left, and teammate Trevor Church block Marmaton Valley’s Evan Kent Monday.Photo by Luiza Louinici

Monday’s contest sets up a short week of preparation for both teams, with neither being able to play a home game for a while.

Crest travels Friday to Marais des Cygnes Valley, the second of three straight road games for the Lancers. A trip to St. Paul follows before Crest returns home Oct. 1 against Waverly.

Marmaton Valley, meanwhile,  hits the road for three consecutive games starting Friday at Chetopa. The Wildcats’ next home game is set for Oct. 8 against Oswego.

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