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Dragons devour Lions

Posted 9/20/2018

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD–Lyons never stood a chance against the Halstead Dragons during Friday night’s game. The Dragons scored 64 unanswered points in the first half before slowing down the pace and speeding up the clock.

The 64-0 win puts the Dragons at a 2-1 record for the season.

“I thought our kids came out and took care of business early,” head coach Jason Grider said. “It’ll be interesting to look at film. I thought up front we played and defensively obviously we played well.”

The Dragons wasted no time in scoring on their first possession, with junior Scott Grider making a 14-yard run into the end zone for his first of five touchdowns that night. The Dragons soon had the ball back, and junior Brian Casey immediately made a 50-yard touchdown run.

Senior Bryant Odendahl didn’t give the Lions any break as he then intercepted a pass and returned it 53 yards to give the Dragons a 24-point lead less than halfway through the first quarter.

Coach Grider said big plays like these were a tribute to the offensive line getting out and blocking.

“We’ve got some pretty skilled guys on our offensive line who are playing well, and our defense is coming around, so I’m very pleased with the effort,” he said.

S. Grider scored the next four touchdowns for Halstead, running into the end zone from 1, 22, 40 and 27 yards out. A 23-yard pass from sophomore Lakin Farmer to senior Carter Hiebert late in the second quarter was the nail in the coffin for the Dragons’ 64-0 win.

The second half was a stalemate in scoring as the Dragons substituted in their junior varsity line and finished the game with a running clock. Grider said this provided excellent experience for some of the younger players.

“I thought they played well,” he said. “We made some mistakes that we’ll get in and correct on film, but I thought they played well.”

S. Grider totaled 186 yards on 10 carries to lead the team in rushing, followed by Bryant Odendahl with 70 yards on four carries and Brian Casey with 64 yards on four carries.

Aric Propst made 10 tackles for the Dragons, and S. Grider and Odendahl each added eight.

This Friday Halstead hosts Rock Creek, a new district opponent for the Dragons but one that Grider has faced twice at a previous coaching job. He said Rock Creek uses a single-wing offense that may present some challenges for the Dragons, yet he’s confident Haltead will be ready.

“I’m pretty familiar with their coach and familiar with what they do,” Grider said. “They’re going to be a good ball club, and it will be something different from anything we’ve ever seen before.”

For more coverage of Halstead sports, please see this week's print edition.

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Lady Chargers go 1-2 at St. John

Posted 9/20/2018

BURRTON–Burrton volleyball was in action at St. John on Sept. 11 and came away with a win and two losses. The Lady Chargers defeated Stafford (25-20, 25-11) but lost to Macksville (18-25, 16-25) and St. John (24-26, 9-25).

“We were up on St. John in the first set and should have never lost, but we lost focus and our desire to put the game away,” head coach Kelli Zehr said. “Then we just gave up. We made some adjustments to our line-up, and that really helped as well.”

Zehr noted that her team struggled with serving at this competition, saying it was their worst serving night to date.

Alexis Zehr made 18 kills on the night, six per game. She also had 11 assists. Addie Matlack made 18 assists for the Lady Chargers, and McKinsie Hoopes went 100 percent for serving.

The Lady Chargers are now 6-10 for the season.

Burrton volleyball hosted Pretty Prairie and South Barber on Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time. They play at home again Thursday, with Canton-Galva and Elyria Christian coming to town. This will be followed up with a tri at Norwich next week on Tuesday.

For more coverage of Burrton sports, please see this week's print edition.

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