IMS football season comes to an end



October 23, 2015 - 12:00 AM

The Iola Middle School football season came to a close Thursday night when the seventh-graders defeated Fort Scott 38-0 before the eighth-grade team lost 45-8.
For the seventh-grade squad, 2015 marked one of the most successful years in team history.
The Ponies’ shutout victory over the Tigers was their seventh of the season, which is a new team record. Iola also earned an all-time high in points per game (37.7) and an all-time low in points allowed per game (6.0).
The Ponies finished the year undefeated in the Southeast Kansas League.
Isaac Badders was coach Marty Taylor’s catalyst on offense throughout the year, including Thursday night. Badders ran for 253 yards on 10 carries while also adding four touchdowns against Fort Scott.
The running back set new single-season team records with 24 total touchdowns, 170 total points and 17.6 yards per attempt. Badders’ season total of 1,354 rushing yards fell just short of reaching Tayton Driskel’s 2013 school record of 1,422.
“Just a great effort to finish off a great season,” Taylor said. “To go undefeated in the SEK shows how hard these kids worked day in and day out. Everyone on this roster played a big part all season and as soon as the game was over the boys were already talking about getting ready for next year.”
In the eighth-grade contest, Iola was able to score just once.
Cason Barker connected with Dan Foust for a 35-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to prevent the shutout.
Barker finished 2-for-7 passing with 74 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also earned 80 yards on the ground on 14 carries.
Foust finished the day with two catches that went for 74 yards.
Zane Whitney had the second-most rushing attempts on the team with five, which he took for 13 yards.
“Cason and Zane did a good job from their linebacker spots,” Taylor said. “They came up and made some great stops.”
Taylor added that the eighth-grade squad has the potential to positively impact next year’s Iola High football team under coach Doug Kerr.
“When these kids combine with the classes in front and behind them in high school, they will be a big part of those teams’ successes.”

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