Middle school teams roll past Anderson County

It wasn't perfect, but Iola Middle School's football teams still cruised to a pair of dominating victories against Anderson County last week. Iola will be at home for the first time this season Thursday against Santa Fe Trail.



September 21, 2021 - 10:17 AM

GARNETT — Iola Middle School picked up a pair of lopsided victories on the gridiron Thursday.

The Mustang seventh-graders dispatched Anderson County, 34-6, before the eighth grade prevailed, 48-18.

The seventh-graders were in their first game of the season, head coach Scott Ellis noted.

“They played hard,” Ellis said. “There are definitely things to work on, but it was expected for the first time out and going up against a team who has played two games already.”

Kale Pratt was a beast for the Mustangs, racking up 74 yards rushing, 180 receiving and scoring three touchdowns and four two-point conversions.

Austin Crooks threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 28 yards.

“Kale Pratt played well on both sides of the ball as well as Austin Crooks executing the offense,” Ellis said.

James Hunt added a touchdown to go with 26 receiving and 14 rushing yards.

Landon Shelton chipped in with 65 rushing yards with a two-point conversion.

Boren Ruger rushed for three yards as well. 

Defensively, Pratt led with 14 tackles, followed by Shelton with seven, Crooks and Brock Michael with five apiece, Ean DeLaTorre and Evan LaCrone with four apiece, Broderick Peters  and Tripp Mathes both with three, James Hunt two and Boren and Layton Stowell each with one.

“It was a good win,” Ellis said.

TRE WILSON did a little bit of everything to key the eighth-grade Mustangs. 

He rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns, ran back an interception for another score, added a two-point conversion and racked up 20 tackles on defense.

“The boys played well offensively,” Ellis said. “We need to work on being more aggressive defensively but we will take the win.

“Tre Wilson had a good night. He ran hard and executed the plays well. It was nice to see several assist on defensive tackles,” he continued.

Noah Schowengerdt added 52 yards on the ground with a touchdown and four two-point conversions. Nick Bauer added 17 yards on the ground with a pair of two-point conversion passes.

Henry White rushed for a touchdown and 15 yards, while Hayden Kelly hauled in a two-point conversion reception.

Others coming up big on defense were Showengerdt with five tackles, Bauer and Kelley four tackles each, Gannon Hutton, Braden Stevens and Brent Stevens with three tackles each, White, Thompson, Payton Kern and Maddox Riley each with two and Mathew Drago with a tackle and a sack. Hutton also recorded a sack and Thompson pulled in an interception.

The Mustangs lost the services of Easton Weseloh to a broken leg in the game.

“He is a great kid and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Ellis said.

Iola is slated to host Santa Fe Trail Thursday.