East Buchanan rolls past Penney

By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 7, 2018 - 11:52 PM

In a constant drizzle, the East Buchan Bulldogs held off the Penny Hornets 34-22 Friday night at East Buchanan. Both teams are in KCI league, in Missouri Class 1.

The first half was dominated by defense. The Bulldogs defense created two turnovers and turnover on downs inside their own 5-yard line. One of the turnovers was a pick-six as Owen Fortney went 48 yards for the score.

The Hornets defense was just as tough, led by defensive lineman, Tyler Trosper. Trosper was blowing up plays in the backfield and making tackles sideline to sideline. The Bulldogs went the half with an 8 -0 lead.

Bulldog coach Kevin Bryan talked about the adjustments his offense made at halftime,

“We had some open plays, but we did not have time to complete them,” Bryan said. “We made a change in our inside blocking assignments because, 72 Trosper was just eating our lunch.”

The adjustments payed off as the Bulldogs took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched right down the field. Quarterback, Tyler Schottel hit Tucker White for a 21-yard touchdown. The two-point run failed, the Bulldogs led 14-0.

The Hornets defense recovered a fumble, giving their own offense a short field. Quarterback Ryan Cook scored on a 2-yard sneak. Running back Sawyer Morrow converted the two-point run and it was 14-8.

Schottel would not be denied. A 35-yard strike to Tristen Smith. Followed by a 39-yard score to Fortney. In between the two scores through the air Alex Lang have a 5-yard touchdown on the ground.

Penny tried to make come back in the fourth quarter, Cook scored again on 4-yard run. He also threw a 43-yard touchdown Connor Kavanaugh.

After the game Bryan talked about his defensive scheme.

“They are a strong running team, we wanted to not give them big chunks when they ran the ball,” Bryan said. “We did a pretty good job in the first half, the only big run that we gave up was a fake punt. We will need to do a better job defending the pass.”

The Bulldogs moved to 3-0 and will be home to take on the West Platte Bluejays. Penny dropped to 2-1 and the will host another undefeated team, the Mules of Lathrop.