Wildcats come up short against Jays


October 9, 2010 - 12:00 AM

PLEASANTON — A failure to do the little things cost Marmaton Valley High dearly Friday night.
While they scored 40 points, the Wildcats lost fumbled three times inside host Pleasanton High’s 10-yard line, and a last-minute drive came up empty in a 44-40 loss.
The loss drops Marmaton Valley to 3-3 on the season.
The Wildcats were in prime position to snatch away a victory in the game’s final minute, when quarterback Tanner Lewis found Austin Harrison in the end zone for what would have been a touchdown and the lead.
But Harrison failed to hold onto the ball and it fell incomplete.
 “He had it in his hand, but it looked like he turned his head and dropped it,” Wildcat head coach Kent Houk said, “but that wasn’t what lost us the game. Our defense didn’t play well at all, and we had a boatload of penalties.”
Both teams had plenty of yards. Marmaton Valley racked up 445 yards of offense, while the Blu-Jays rushed for 422.
Marmaton Valley grabbed the lead quickly when Lewis found Nathan Smart for a 20-yard touchdown.
The euphoria was short-lived. Pleasanton scored the next 24 points on three successive touchdown drives.
Cole Becker scored on a one-yard run for the Wildcats to close the gap to 24-12, then Landon Hammond scored on a three-yard touchdown run late in the first half to make the score 32-20.
Pleasanton pushed its lead to 38-20 before Hammond returned a Blu-Jay fumble 62 yards to paydirt, closing the deficit to 38-26. Lewis followed with a two-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to pull even closer, 38-32.
But Pleasanton scored what proved to the clinching score early in the fourth quarter to lead 44-32.
Lewis found Daylen Houk for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 10:55 left in the game for the final score.
Marmaton Valley also fell to 1-1 in Kansas Eight Man-Division I, District 2 play. The Wildcats will look to get back on the winning track next week at home against Crest.
Marmaton Valley    6-14-12-8—40
Pleasanton    16-16-6-6—44
MV — Smart 20 yd pass from Lewis (PAT failed)
P — No. 9 5 yd run (PAT good)
P — No. 9 23 yd run (PAT good)
P — No. 9 17 yd run (PAT good)
MV — Becker 1 yd urn (PAT good)
P — No. 9 72 yd run (No. 30 run)
MV — Hammond 3 yd run (PAT failed)
P — No. 30 3 yd run (PAT failed)
MV — Hammond 62 yd fumble recovery (PAT failed)
MV — Lewis 2 yd run (PAT failed)
P — No. 9 3 yd run (PAT failed)
MV — Houk 30 yd pass from Lewis (PAt good)

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