Excelsior Springs tops Odessa for fourth win
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC staff writer
The Excelsior Springs Tigers hosted the Odessa Bulldogs in a matchup of Missouri River Valley Conference West competitors. The Tigers come into the game with a 4-1 record with the Bulldogs carry a record of 3-2.
The first quarter ended scoreless. Twice the Tigers went for it on 4th down but the Bulldogs defense was able to turn the ball over downs. After the second defensive stand the Bulldogs quarterback Will Fox was picked off by Landon Seely, setting up the Tigers on their own 44 yard line. The Tigers were driving but faced a 3rd down and 6 when junior quarterback Peyton Soria connected with senior Dakota Rimmer, picking up the first down. Soria completed the drive by running a 1 yard quarterback sneak. Soria also converted the kick giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs answered on the ensuing drive, with 3:09 left in the half, Mason Smith turned the corner and scored from 40 yards. Matthew Jobe converted the kick and the score was tied.
The Bulldogs forced the Tigers to punt from their own end zone, but the punt hit a Bulldog and was recovered by the Tigers. Soria connected with Sealy for a 52 yard completion. After a penalty moved the Tigers back Soria hit Seely on a 9 yard slant, and after the conversion, the Tigers went to halftime leading 14-7.
The Bulldogs took the second half kickoff, and picked up a three, first downs but ultimately had to punt. The Tigers took over and continued to pound away with their ground game. Soria faked the dive to Corbyn Hutchings, then pitched to Seely who streaked down the sideline to go for a 71 yard touchdown. Soria made the kick and the Tigers led 21-7.
Tiger coach Mark Faubion talked about that play after the game.
“We knew that they were going to try and take away our dive, that’s part of the triple option,” Faubion said. “We just made him, (Soria) conscious of how they were playing the dive. He’s such a young player, he didn’t play football last year. He’s still so young we have to remind him, in the triple option, if they are doing this, you need to think that.”
The Bulldogs forced the Tigers to punt from their own end zone. The Bulldogs started the drive on Tigers 23 yard line. The Bulldogs pounded away on the ground. Austin Weygandt carried the ball for the last 3 yards. Jobe converted the kick and the Bulldogs trailed by a score 21-14.
The Bulldogs refused to give up, trailing by just one score, they started their last drive from their own 8 yard line. They moved into Tiger territory when quarterback Will Fox hit Jake Fox for a 30 yard completion. The Bulldogs were near the red zone when on 4th and 5 the running play came up short of the first down.
Faubion spoke highly of his defense against the powerful run game of the Bulldogs.
“Our kids did a great job preparation, this week on knowing what kind of a game we were going to get,” Faubion said.
The Tigers will be on the road in Oak Grove next week. Odessa will be home against Grain Valley.
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