Southwest looking to keep the winning coming

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 11, 2014 - 10:31 AM



After an 0-2 start to the season, Southwest Early College Campus celebrated its first win last Friday, thumping Wentworth Military Academy 70-0.

The one-sided victory was just what the football doctor ordered for Roger Franks' team. The Indians opened the season with a forfeit loss to defending Interscholastic League champion Lincoln Prep, then lost 45-14 at Holden.

Franks said the Indians (1-2, 0-2 IL) played well in all phases against Wentworth, but he added there is always room for improvement.

"It was good to get a win," Franks said. "We did not turn the ball over, and we took advantage of opportunities that we got."

Skill position players Larahn Walker, Howard Rice and Hense Todd combined for six touchdowns against Wentworth. Defensively, the Indians scored three touchdowns off fumbles and blocked a punt for a score.

Next up for Southwest is a road game Saturday against Hogan Prep (3-0).

"This week will be a test to gauge if we are really able to compete with an established program and get a clear picture of where the program is headed," Franks said.

In other IL news, faulty execution was Kansas City Central's demise against Lafayette County. The Blue Eagles' 47-0 loss didn't sit well with head coach Mark Faubion.

"We did not execute very well, and they did," Faubion said. "We have to believe in ourselves and that we can block and tackle anybody we play."

Faubion said a re-emphasis on fundamentals was the focus for the Blue Eagles (1-2, 1-0) this week as they prepare for a non-league game Saturday against University Academy (2-1) at Center High School.

"We have gone back to the basics this week and tried to really focus on our assignments both offensively and defensively," Faubion said.

"We have also moved some people around to see what we can get out of them."

League-mate Afrikan Centered College Prep (0-3, 0-2) gave University Academy fits before UA pulled out an 8-0 victory last Friday afternoon at IL Stadium.

ACCP head coach Steve Trumble was impressed with his team's defensive performance.

 

"We played a very good defensive game," Trumble said. "We are a very young team still trying to find our way. We are definitely getting better, but it will take some time with a freshman- and sophomore-led team."

Northeast was without its standout running back Desmond Walker in a

48-6 loss to Lexington.

Walker, who was injured in a Week 2 loss to Plattsburg, rushed for nearly 300 yards and five touchdowns in two games.

Walker's absence played on his Viking teammates' mental preparation, head coach Terry McCray said.

"We have to learn how to get past adversity," he said. "My seniors have to step up and do a better job of leading our team when we are down. We made some mistakes, and a good Lexington team capitalized on them.

Up next for Northeast (1-2, 1-0) is a road game Friday against Pembroke Hill.

"They are 0-3, but I know (head coach) Sam Knopik, and they will be ready to play us," McCray said. "His team will be hungry for a win."

East (0-3, 0-1) suffered a 48-12 loss to Hogan Prep last week and looks for its first win on the season in a cross-state road game against Schlagle (0-1) Friday at Washington High School Stadium.

Lincoln Prep (2-1, 2-0) will try to get back in the win column when it takes on undefeated Center (3-0) Friday at IL Stadium. The Tigers lost to Oak Grove 44-18 in a Week 2 contest.