Savannah dominates Chillicothe

By Paul Sturm Special to the St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: September 30, 2011 - 10:36 PM

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The Highway 71 showdown is on again next Friday with the Midland Empire Conference football championship in the balance.


Junior quarterback Zane Wilt’s four touchdown throws to four different targets gave the defending champion Savannah Savages a chance at a share of another conference title last night, efficiently disposing of Chillicothe, 38-19.


He capped an eight-play, 72-yard march on the game’s first possession with a 1-yard sneak and Andy Meyers’ first of four conversion kicks — he also booted a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that put Savannah on top to stay.


A 31-yard pass to Blake Deal on the first snap and Blake Burson’s 20-yard jet sweep around the left side keyed the drive.


Chillicothe responded with a quick-strike score on Jacob Lewis’ 51-yard bomb to Guy Vinson but missed its extra-point try. The Savages (5-1, 3-1 MEC) authoritatively countered.


Six plays after Meyers returned a kickoff 64 yards to the Hornets’ 26, Zane Wilt connected with brother Tyler Wilt from the Chillicothe 9-yard line with 4:39 left in the opening period, making it 14-6.


The hosts uncorked a 16-play touchdown drive that consumed just over 7½ minutes, Lewis sneaking into the end zone from the 1 after a 23-yard Vinson carry off right tackle.


Midway through the second quarter, Chillicothe (3-3, 1-3) was back within 14-12.


Again Savannah answered the score in kind, going 61 yards in five plays. After running 16 yards to the CHS 25 on a keeper around left end, Zane Wilt perfectly led Deal on a fade pattern to the wide side of the field for the score on the next play barely two minutes after Chillicothe had scored.

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