Olathe Northwest can't hold off Hays

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 6, 2014 - 12:19 AM

Olathe Northwest held Hays quarterback Alex Delton in check for three quarters of Friday night.

Then came the fourth quarter.

The Kansas State University commit was having trouble all night long against a tough Olathe Northwest defense, but accounted for just about all of the Indians fourth-quarter yardage as Hays knocked off Northwest 12-10 in the season opener for both teams.

It was also the first game of a special doubleheader at College Boulevard Activity Center Friday night. Olathe East took on Garden City in the nightcap.

Northwest held a one-point lead at the half and added a third quarter field goal to go up 10-6 heading into the final five minutes of the game.

The Indians started their game-winning drive from their own 6-yard line with 11:46 to play. Delton rushed the ball eight times for 56 yards and was 2-for-3 through the air for 18 yards. He also converted four third downs on the drive.

He scored from 1-yard out with 4:59 to play.

Northwest was able to get close enough on the ensuing drive to get a chance at a game-winning field goal, but when their drive stalled at the Indians 29-yard line.

A 47-yard field goal attempt had the distance with 1:06 to play, but it sailed just right.

“We just didn’t play very well,” said a frustrated Olathe Northwest head coach Chip Sherman. “We just didn’t do much of anything very well.”

Delton had 82 yards on 19 carries in the win.

Junior Darius Henderson led the Ravens with 73 yards on seven carries, many of which came I the second half.

Not a whole lot of offense in the first half as both teams combined for just 134 yards of total offense.

Hays got on the board first, midway through the first quarter when Connor Rule went in from two yards out. The Indians were sitting pretty with a first and gioal from the 1-yard line, but a pair of penalties and a sack put them back at the 20 before a Brenden Ibarra 18-yard run on third down set them up at the 2-yard line where Rule went in on fourth down. The point after sailed left, so Hays was up 6-0 with 4:59 left in the opening quarter.

The Ravens answered with their best drive of the first half, taking over at their own 37 and marching down 63 yards in 10 plays to take the lead.

Northwest got some help from Hays with a pair a late hit and offsides penalty, but rode Adam Harter the rest of the way. He had five carries on the drive.

The Ravens then punched it in on the last play of the first quarter when Jake Hatzfeld hooked up with Harter from nine yards out. A beautiful black from Evan Pardue sprung Harter along the left sideline. The Ravens connected on the extra point and went up 7-6.

Defense led the way for both teams during the second quarter.