Savannah stops Excelsior Springs

By Drew Hoselton The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 2, 2011 - 10:45 PM

SAVANNAH, Mo. — A week after a an impressive 48-point win against conference foe Bishop LeBlond, Savannah didn’t miss a beat in Week 2 Friday night at Savage Field, posting a 49-14 win against Excelsior Springs.


The potent dual-threat offense of the Savages was once again on display.


Possessing one of the best quarterback-receiver combinations in the Midland Empire Conference, the Savages made sure to take full advantage of the abilities of signal-caller Zane Wilt and his top target Blake Deal. The duo combined for 263 yards of the Savages’ 352 total yards in the first half, most of them coming off of Deal’s 90-yard touchdown grab made off of a mistake from the Tigers’ secondary in the second quarter.


That score made it 28-7 with 6 minutes, 51 seconds left in the first half.


“We had the go called; I was actually going to throw the out route, but we caught the corner coming in and Deal ran right by him,” Wilt said. “We just caught them in-between checks.”


Big pass-and-catch plays seemed to be the story of the first half with Deal hauling in long catches of 37, 36 and 90, ending the first half with a total of six catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns.


Not to be outdone, Wilt put up his own big numbers, rushing six times for 50 yards and two touchdowns of his own, while completing 9-of-11 passes for 239 yards and two scores — both to Deal.

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