The Ponies opened their season on Thursday with a win for the seventh and eighth-graders at Fort Scott.
Both teams move to 1-0 this season after their season opener versus Osawatomie was canceled the week before due to rain.
The seventh-grade boys won 34-0 with Gage Skahan turning in three touchdowns and Mac Leonard and Drayden Reiter each contributing a touchdown. Reiter also made good on two two-point conversions.
The seventh-grade boys had a good first game, head coach Scott Ellis said. I was proud of the way the boys played from start to finish. It was a group effort all the way.
Reiter and Danny Boeken were the seventh-grade leading tacklers for the Ponies in the game.
The eighth-grade Ponies got a 28-8 win despite a rough start.
Fort Scott jumped out to an 8-0 lead after a four-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion.
They held that lead throughout the first half until special teams got the Ponies on the board after a blocked punt led to Wyatt Westervelt recovering the ball in the end zone to tie it up after a two-point conversion run by Carter Hutton.
The Ponies took the lead later in the quarter after a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carter Hutton to Preston Hurst. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful which left Iolas lead at 14-8.
Holden Barker got the Ponies on the board again with a 13-yard run that pushed their lead to 20-8.
Iola topped the game off with a 43-yard touchdown run by Gage Scheibmeir. The two-point conversion followed and put the Ponies up 28-8.
Barker led the team with nine tackles followed by six for Hutton and four by Scheibmeir. Brandon McKarnin and Drake Mathew each had an interception.
It was a slow start against a tough Fort Scott team but I thought the boys held their composure well and competed in the second half, Ellis said. It was a great start to the season and a great game to continue to build on. I was proud of our toughness tonight.
The Ponies will play at Anderson County on Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Cubs moved their way to 2-0 after a 2–6 win over Neodesha on Thursday.
Aiden Gean led the way with 101 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns followed by Dakota Slocum who had five carries for 40 yards and a touchdown. William Kobold had three carries for 18 yards.
Defensively, the Cubs were led by Slocum and Gavin Jaro in the shutout, recording six tackles each while Garren Goodner put up four tackles and a sack.
Landon Bauer had two tackles and an interception.
I cant say enough about how good our defense played tonight, head coach Mike Miller said. We turned the ball over a couple of times early and gave them good field position but we were able to make some big plays on defense to keep them from scoring. After those early turnovers, we did a good job of taking care of the ball and moving it on the ground.
The Cubs will travel to Fredonia on Thursday.
The junior high Wildcats came close to their first win of the season but ended up falling to 0-2 after a 36-14 loss.
The score was knotted at 14 with four minutes to play but the Wildcats let the game get away from them.
Touchdowns were scored by Noah Allison and Quinton Adams. Fumbles were recovered by Dillon Drake and Dillon Mullines.
Marmaton Valley will play at Jayhawk-Linn on Thursday.