COLONY — Crest High’s Lancers began and ended their contest Friday like gang-busters.
Crest romped its way to a 26-0 lead in just over a quarter over visiting Chetopa High.
But the Hornets proved a bit peskier to swat from there. Chetopa scored 20 unanswered points in one stretch, getting within a touchdown of Crest on three separate occasions, the last coming with 1:34 left in the game.
But Chetopa’s onside kick attempt was recovered by the Lancers. Crest’s Kyle Hammond then plowed through on a six-yard gain on fourth-and-one at midfield with less than a minute left on the clock and Crest had secured a 42-34 victory.
The win lifts Crest’s record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Three Rivers League play. Most importantly, the win puts the Lancers at 1-0 in Kansas Eight-Man I, District 2 play, which will determine which squads qualify for postseason play.
“We started off with probably our best first quarter we’ve had all year,” Lancer head coach Brent Smith said. “Take nothing away from Chetopa. They fought and clawed their way back. But I think we got a little complacent.”
Kyle Hammond put Crest on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the game with a 45-yard touchdown run. Dakota Ramsey capped Crest’s next two drives with touchdowns of three and one yard.
Jordan Morton’s one-yard touchdown run 42 seconds into the second quarter pushed Crest’s lead to 26-0.
Back came Chetopa.
Dylan Price led the Hornet comeback with three touchdown passes in the second and third quarters, covering 47, 28 and 30 yards to close the gap to 26-20.
Hammond scored on a 10-yard run early in the fourth quarter to push Crest back on top 34-20 before Price connected on his fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 10-yarder to Tyler Pike to close the deficit to 34-26.
Hammond then closed the Lancer scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run with 3:12 left on the clock to push the gap back to 16, 42-26.
Pike scored on a nine-yard touchdown with 1:34 left in the game.
Hammond wound up with 173 yards on 27 carries. Luke Decker rushed 10 times for 46 yards. Ramsey had two touchdowns with his 36 rushing yards. Dexter Wiley gained 17 yards on two carries.
Morton completed 3 of 8 passes for 25 yards, one of which went to Decker covering 25 yards.
On defense, Ramsey had 11 tackles, followed by Wiley and Decker with nine apiece and Byran Miller and Jayden Bowen with six apiece. Morton intercepted a Chetopa pass, while Bowen and Dustin Womelsdorf each recovered fumbles.
“We had some huge stops on defense tonight, and we bounced back and stood up when it counted in the fourth quarter,” Smith said. “But we can’t afford to play like that for two quarters.”
Thomas Dietrich was crowned homecoming king during a special ceremony. Ashley Catt was crowned homecoming queen.
Crest hosts St. Paul next Friday in another league and district contest.
Crest — Hammond 45 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Ramsey 3 yd run (Ramsey run)
Crest — Ramsey 1 yd run (PAT failed)
Crest — Morton 1 yd run (PAT failed)
Chetopa — Bruning 47 yd pass from Price (PAT failed)
Chetopa — Jones 28 yd pass from Price (PAT failed)
Chetopa — Bruning 30 yd pass from Price (Price run)
Crest — Hammond 10 yd run (Hammond run)
Chetopa — Pike 20 yd pass from Price (PAT failed)
Crest — Hammond 14 yd run (Ramsey run)
Chetopa — Price 9 yd run (PAT good)
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