Atchison beats Wyandotte to wrap up KCAL
By Jason Nichols Atchison Globe
For the rest of the Kansas City-Atchison League, the misery is over.
With a 54-14 thrashing of Wyandotte at Amelia Earhart Field on Friday night, Atchison locked up their second consecutive undefeated league championship and it was never close.
For the season, the Redmen outscored their league opponents 280-61 with an average margin of victory of nearly 44 points. Friday’s victory wasn’t the most lopsided on the scoreboard, but it may have been the most complete win on the field.
At the point early in the fourth quarter when coach Jim Smith put in his reserve players, the Redmen defense had allowed just 10 total yards. The Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4 KCAL) didn’t record a first down until the 11:40 mark of the fourth quarter.
“Our defense has played well all year long,” Smith said. “Our front six are pretty tough.”
Led by Adam Smith, the team’s leading tackler this season, linebacker Austin Bonnel and Dai Coye Haley, a 265-pound force in the middle, the Redmen never let the Bulldogs get into a rhythm.
Wyandotte tried to spread the field with outside runs, but Atchison (6-0, 5-0) kept the ball carriers inside. When the Bulldogs tried to throw screens to the outside, they had no room to run.
“Dai Coye wreaks so much havoc,” Smith said. “We can put him anywhere and he makes plays. And one guy who has really done a good job for us this year is Dylon LeBlue at linebacker. He’s really stepped up his play this year.”
Wyandotte’s lone highlight of the first half was a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown by Melvin Thomas. By that point, however, Wykeen Gill Jr. and company had already raced to a 35-0 lead.
Atchison needed just 1 minute, 11 seconds to score the game’s opening touchdown.
A 34-yard pass from Gill to Bryce Enzbrenner set the stage for a 2-yard Gill touchdown run.
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