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Despite elements, Free State football cruises

In a driving rain storm, Free State quarterback Kyle McFarland (15) keeps the ball to score late in the first half Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in the season opener against Olathe Northwest at CBAC.

In a driving rain storm, Free State quarterback Kyle McFarland (15) keeps the ball to score late in the first half Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in the season opener against Olathe Northwest at CBAC.

September 1, 2012


Box score


First downs 6 7

Rushes-yards 34-219 53-135

Passing yards 9 32

Total Offense 228 167

Return Yards 10 64

Fumbles-lost 3-0 10-2

Penalties-yards 3-20 3-30

Score by quarters

Free State 17 13 7 0 — 37

Olathe Northwest 0 0 0 0 — 0

Individual Statistics


FSHS: Kyle McFarland 11-72, TJ Cobbs 6-79, Joe Dineen 9-46, Demarko Bobo 7-23, Stan Skwarlo 1-minus-1.

ONW: Alex Pruss 19-88, Adam Harter 19-78, Cody Sestrich 5-0, Manny Psihountas 1-minus-3, Nate LaVoie 1-minus-8, Holdyn Halperin 8-minus-20.


FSHS: McFarland 1-3-9.

ONW: Halperin 4-8-32.


FSHS: Tye Hughes 1-9.

ONW: Nathan Power 1-10, Pruss 2-17, Logan Wohlford 1-5.


First Quarter

9:03 — Antonio Schnoneich 22 field goal. (FSHS 3, ONW 0)

6:02 — Joe Dineen 20 run. Schnoneich kick. (FSHS 10, ONW 0)

0:05 — Dineen 6 run. Schnoneich kick. (FSHS 17, ONW 0)

Second Quarter

4:17 — Kyle McFarland 24 run. McFarland run failed. (FSHS 23, ONW 0)

1:27 — McFarland 35 run. Schnoneich kick. (FSHS 30, ONW 0)

Third Quarter

5:05 — TJ Cobbs 28 run. Schnoneich kick. (FSHS 37, ONW 0)

— After Friday night’s season opener, Free State High’s football team might be inspired to plead with meteorologists for a rainy forecast every week.

A steady downpour at College Boulevard Activity Center kept both the Firebirds and Olathe Northwest drenched, but the Ravens were the only ones who looked troubled by the elements.

Free State didn’t turn the ball over, while ONW fumbled snaps on a regular basis, and the Firebirds swamped their foes, 37-0.

Northwest fumbled 10 times in the loss, turning it over twice — once each to FSHS defensive linemen Cody Stanclift and Fred Wyatt.

The Firebirds’ big men forced the Ravens into a long, disastrous night from the game’s opening possession, when Wyatt sacked quarterback Holdyn Halperin on second down, and Stanclift recovered a fumble on the following play to put Free State (1-0) on the Ravens’ four-yard line.

“We adapted better than they did,” Stanclift said.

The visitors settled for a 22-yard Antonio Schnoneich field goal on their first possession, on a night Free State seemed to have the elixir for ball insecurity.

Riding the strength of consecutive three-and-out possessions by their defense, the Firebirds capped each of their next two drives with Joe Dineen touchdown runs, and the Ravens trailed 17-0 before the first-quarter clock ran out.

“That’s our offense,” Stanclift said. “We attack quick, and we get some big plays.”

Dineen’s scoring runs of 20 and six yards were just the beginning. Senior quarterback Kyle McFarland first scored from 24 out on an option keeper and then broke a 35-yard score with a cut left at the line of scrimmage and a precise juke to his right at the five-yard line. Both runs came in the second quarter, leading to a 30-0 halftime advantage.

Dineen, who lined up at running back, receiver and quarterback at various points, credited FSHS offensive linemen Wyatt, Stanclift, Riley Buller, Reid Buckingham and Derick Davis.

“We wouldn’t have scored without them,” Dineen said. “No doubt.”

Firebirds coach Bob Lisher, meanwhile, saw the whole field on his team’s scoring plays, including a 28-yard rush by senior back TJ Cobbs following a well-timed pitch from Dineen in the third quarter.

“Our O-line did a good job of getting us to the next level,” Lisher said, “but our wide receivers did a heck of a job blocking down field.”

While Lisher left the sloppy CBAC field pleased with his team’s execution on both sides of the ball, he praised the defense for recovering on a few lengthy ONW runs. Tye Hughes, McFarland and Khadre Lane each made a touchdown-saving tackle in the victory.

“The effort’s great,” Lisher said. “It gives us another chance to see them snap the ball and see if we can keep them out of the end zone.”

While the Ravens, who also had a pass picked off by Stan Skwarlo, couldn’t get anything to go their way, Stanclift couldn’t think of many things that went wrong for FSHS.

“The worst was just coming out in the second half and getting wet again,” he said.

Next week, whatever the weather, Free State will play at Shawnee Mission West.


Clickker 5 years, 7 months ago

Very under rated. I believe these guys will go far in State this year. They will beat LHS and win thier region. Lish has the right personell in the right position once again.

Clickker 5 years, 7 months ago

Well, thats how it looks now..but who knows about injuries. If you grandson gets hurt, then its a different story. Especially if they render McFarland ineffective like they did last year. The funny thing is though, FS threw 3 passes and LHS threw 33 Friday night. I remember hearing a few years ago that the reason kids like your grandson went to FS was because Wedd didnt throw the ball. Everything is cyclical, and it is certianly easier to throw 33 times with a Brad Strauss than it is with some of those kids LHS has had in the near past.

Lawrence_Kansas 5 years, 7 months ago

What kind of measure do we really have on either team after one game in terrible conditions that make it difficult for any team to play in. Olathe Northwest is no Shawnee Mission West, After one game nobody can make any educated statements saying how far a team is going to go this year.

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