Savannah runs past Liberty North

By Ross Martin The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 2, 2011 - 11:16 PM

Savannah took the opening kickoff in Wednesday’s Class 4 regional and marched 82 yards for a touchdown. Liberty North would need to make a comeback to spring an upset.

Not on this night.

The quick touchdown spurred Savannah to a 35-14 win. The victory counted as the Savages’ second home playoff win in school history, although they played Missouri Western’s Spratt Stadium due to the inclement weather.

The final score appeared closer than the contest, and it all started with a nearly 5-minute drive to open the game.

“The early advantage we felt like was key to giving us confidence and putting them in a scramble mode,” Savannah coach Mark Cole said.

Savannah quarterback Blake McFadden, making a third straight start for injured Zane Wilt, accounted for three touchdowns with 236 total yards, including a team-high 115 on the ground. Running backs Andy Meyers and Clay Holt added a second-half touchdown apiece, as Savannah limited its passing attempts in the gusting winds. Holt put up 83 yards on 10 carries, while Meyers had 37 — 19 on his fourth-quarter run to make it 35-7.

McFadden’s first score came on an 18-yard run to cap a 12-play opening drive.

Facing a third-and-11 on the third play from scrimmage, McFadden completed a 25-yard pass to Tyler Wilt down the home sideline with two receivers in the area. Nine plays later, McFadden was in the end zone, accounting for 46 yards rushing on five attempts.

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