Atchison pounds Schlagle
By Randy Speer The St. Joseph News-Press
Friday night had the markings of a Hollywood movie script for Atchison’s star lineman Dai Coye Haley.
Except, it wasn’t.
His Redmen routed conference foe Schlagle 40-12. At halftime, Haley was named homecoming king.
However, Haley was ejected late in the first quarter for a personal foul and missed the final three quarters of action.
“They were saying he got into a little tussle in the endzone and kicked him in the head, that’s all I know. He came out and was just puzzled something was called,” Atchison coach Jim Smith said. “We knew going in you got to keep your composure, and the number one thing when you are playing a physical game like this. Kind of an up and down night for him — that is for sure.”
While Haley was there, the Redmen offense rolled, racking up four first-quarter touchdowns and a 27-6 lead.
Senior quarterback Adam Smith led the way, accounting for all four scores – two with his legs and two through the air.
Smith pounded in an 8-yard run on the opening drive, but Schagle had an immediate answer.
Dominque Sanders took the following kickoff back for a touchdwon, but a failed PAT left the Stallions trailing 7-6. That would be the closest they got all night.
Atchison’s offense rattled off four unanswered scores. Smith rushed for his second touchdown in between throwing touchdowns to junior Cole Batemon from 25 yards out and senior Bryce Enzbrenner from 25 yards out as well.
Senior running back Dylon Leblue added a 45-yard touchdown run for good measure to start the second quarter, giving Atchison a 34-6 lead.
“I though the line was fantastic, the backs were running hard and we were just seeing the play before it happened,” Jim Smith said.
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