Tornado golden in win over Mustangs

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September 21, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Two things became evident to Iola High head coach Doug Kerr in the cool, autumn environs of Riverside Park’s football field Friday.
1. Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High is as good as advertised.
2. Iola High’s Mustangs, while on the short end of a 40-10 loss, may be better than he hoped.
The defeat drops Iola to 2-1 on the season, while Field Kindley — one of the most talented Class 4A teams in the state — stays spotless at 3-0.
“I told the guys at halftime that it was little things that hurt us,” Kerr said. “We’d be in position to make a play, and we’d miss a block. But the guys played their tails off. I’m extremely proud of our effort.”
The Golden Tornado took control with its potent passing attack that kept drives, particularly on fourth down.
Field Kindley’s first drive of the game was a perfect illustration. The Mustang defense forced a fourth-and-six, when quarterback Nathan Finley lofted a pass down the left sideline. Iola’s Cody Conner was in perfect position to bat the ball down, but was outleaped by the Golden Tornado’s talented receiver and defending state sprint champion, James Newton.
LaDarrius Johnson plowed into the end zone three plays later, on fourth and goal at the Mustang 2.
“The fourth downs were big,” Kerr said. “We made a good play, but they were just good enough to overcome it. They were able to capitalize on fourth down. We tried, but we’re just not there yet.”
Johnson capped Coffeyville’s next drive with another scoring run, this one covering five yards before Iola reached the scoreboard.
Starting from its own 30, Iola marched 56 yards on 14 plays. Although the drive fizzled at the Golden Tornado 14, it was close enough for Isaias Macias to punch a 31-yard field goal just inside the upright.
An onside kick attempt misfired, and the Golden Tornado went 50 yards on four plays, ending with Johnson’s third score of the day. 21-3 Field Kindley.
Iola made it to midfield on its next four possessions. Each ended on unsuccessful fourth-down attempts.
Field Kindley took full advantage. Destin Downing scored from 12 yards out to cap the Golden Tornado’s next drive. Then Finley hit Darren Deffebaugh on a 45-yard pass play on fourth-and-13 to blow the game open.
By the time Downing scored again on a nine-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter, the lead stood at 40-3, triggering a running clock.
The Mustangs ended the evening with its most impressive drive of the night, one that left Kerr optimistic about the Mustangs’ future. Aided by a key 14-yard pass play from Tyler McIntosh to Trent Latta on fourth-and-long, the Mustangs marched 74 yards on 13 plays, ending with Jacob Rhoads’ three-yard touchdown run in the final minute. The clock expired before the subsequent kickoff.
Kerr noted Field Kindley’s defensive starters were still on the field at the end of the game.
“To me, that’s a sign of respect,” he said.
Rhoads led Iola with 66 yards on 20 rushes, while Macha had 28 yards on 10 carries. McIntosh was 7 of 14 passing for 35 yards. Latta had two receptions for 12 yards. Macha covered eight yards on his two catches.
Rhoads also was a defensive stalwart, racking up 10 tackles, five solo. Conner had six and Shane Walden five.
Iola played without the services of tailback John Whitworth and Keenan Badders because of injury.
Johnson rushed for 134 yards to lead the Golden Tornado. Finley completed 8 of 14 passes for 162 yards. Newton had three receptions for 98 yards.
“A game like this lets us know our strengths and weaknesses,” Kerr said. “This helps prepare us for Prairie View next week.”
Iola travels to Prairie View Friday in a key Pioneer League matchup.
“We can hold our heads up high,” Kerr said. “Statistically speaking, the game wasn’t where we wanted it to be, but I felt we went toe-to-toe with them.”
Field Kindley    13-8-13-6—40
Iola             0-3-0-7—10
FK —  Johnson 2 yd run (kick failed)
FK — Johnson 4 yd run (Thompson kick)
Iola — Macias 31 yd field goal
FK — Johnson 5 yd run (Towery pass from  Finley)
FK — Downing 12 yd run (run failed)
FK — Deffebaugh 45 yd pass from Finley (Thompson kick)
FK — Downing 9 yd run (run failed)
    Coffeyville    Iola
First Downs    10    13
Rushes-yds    28-186    41-75
Passing yds    162    35
Total offense    348    110
Passing    8-14-0    7-14-0
Fumbles-lost    1-0    1-0
Punts/avg.    0/0    3/25
Peanlties    7-80    6-40
Individual leaders
Rushing: Iola — Rhoads 20-66, Macha 10-28, Kauth 3-3, McIntosh 6-(-1), Aiello 1-(-1); Field Kindley: Johnson 13-134, Downing 5-43, Finley 6-2, Newton 3-(-2).
Passing: Iola — McIntosh 8-14-0 35 yards. Field Kindley — Finley 7-14-0 162.
Receiving: Iola — Latta 2-12, Macha 2-8, Zimmerman 1-8, Kauth 1-7, Rhoads 1-0. Field Kindley — Newton 2-62, Towery 3-47, Deffebaugh 1-45, Downing 15, Jones 1-(-3)
Tackles: Iola — Rhoads 10,  Conner 6, Walden 5, Misenhelter 5, Maxwell 4, Aiello 3, Kauth 2, Macha 2, Weir 2.

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