South Callaway allows Wright City to catch up in 27-8 win
South Callaway hit a roadblock last week at Bowling Green but was able to run over Wright City in their home regular season final.
After failing to follow Bowling Green after the first quarter in a 62-14 loss, the Bulldogs allowed the Wildcats to catch up before South Callaway won 27-8.
The Bulldogs (5-4, 4-3 EMO) took a 20-8 halftime lead behind 84 of their 247 rushing yards and their first nine downs in the first half. Wright City (1-7, 1-5 EMO) had eight for the entire game while South Callaway had 16.
Head coach Zack Hess said his offense has regained its effectiveness this week, and while there haven’t been as many explosive plays, there have been a lot of good passing and rushing plays that have helped the Bulldogs control the tempo.
“They did a really good job in terms of efficiency,” Hess said. “We did a good job moving the chains and were able to score enough points while keeping the ball off the ground. One of the things we discussed with the team before the game was not to have them. let the tempo control. We were able to do that. “
It was South Callaway’s lead at the end of the first quarter after senior quarterback Sam Buckner led him to 6-0.
Senior running back Trace Helsel scored his first of three touchdowns, finishing with 116 yards on 26 carries, with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter before second Tayber Gray ran for the 2-point conversion to bring the score to 14-0.
Hess said a Wright City fumble punt and the recovery of sophomore Evan Sconce Martin in the first quarter gave South Callaway’s offense a good early scoring opportunity and was indicative of a good night cover on special teams for the Bulldogs.
Wright City love their athletes to run and were able to do so on a 57-yard touchdown from quarterback Joey Gendron to running back Jeremiah Davis, bringing the score to 14-8 with about eight minutes left in the first half.
Hess said the Wildcats seemed to have great athletes every year when South Callaway faced them, so tackling the open field and limiting the big plays in the vertical passing game were priorities that were given sufficient consideration as Wright City finished with 171 total yards of attack – 102 through the air on 14 of 21 passes and two passes of at least 20 yards.
“We did a really good job in the apartments with their screen game,” Hess said. “I felt our defensive backfield did a great job tonight competing against their very good athletes.
Helsel started it again with 5:35 left for a 20-8 score at halftime, then a third time with five minutes to go in the third quarter, to bring the score to 27-8 after three quarters. .
The Bulldogs had another good defensive quarterback in them in the fourth to keep the scoring where it was. The offense added seven more first downs in the second half to consume more clock due to a rushed attack involving five players touching the ball. One of those runners was Buckner – five carries for 47 yards – as Hess said he also did a good job of keeping the offense going until the end of the night.
“(Wright City defense) played big and did a really good job with our options game, taking our dip, the # 1 option away most of the time,” Hess said. “I thought Sam did a good job handling our offense. We were able to do what we’re doing and in large part because we were able to get the lead early and didn’t have to rely on plays. explosives to return to the game. “
South Callaway will stay at home as the No.3 seed in Friday’s District 5 Class 1 first-round game against No.6 seed Tipton (3-5).