Preps notebook: Perry-Lecompton football improves to 6-0 with convincing 58-6 win
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Perry-Lecomton’s perfect record was never threatened Friday night when the team cruised to a 58-6 victory over Osawatomie.
The Kaws (6-0, No. 2 in Class 3A) jumped out to a 30-0 advantage in the opening period, and they were in complete control after that. PLHS added 21 points in the second period for good measure, while not giving up a score until the final quarter.
Perry-Lecompton had over 500 yards of total offense, holding Osawatomie to just 10 yards of offense in the entire first half. Junior running back Reichen Rush led the team with three rushing touchdowns on his six carries. Junior Jackson Payne also notched two rushing scores.
Senior quarterback Thad Metcalfe, who was previously a running back before the team’s starting signal caller went down with a season-ending injury, threw for 105 yards and one touchdown in the win. Metcalfe was 6-of-7 on the night, averaging 17.5 yards per pass attempt.
Sophomore Gunnar Ball got some snaps at quarterback with the game out of reach. He went 6-for-8 for 65 yards through the air. Ball also racked up 107 rushing yards and one touchdown on five attempts.
Perry-Lecompton will travel to Topeka Hayden (5-1, No. 3 in Class 3A) next week.
PERRY-LECOMPTON 58, OSAWATOMIE 6
Perry-Lecompton: 30, 21, 7, 0 – 58
Osawatomie: 0, 0, 0, 6
Perry-Lecompton: Rush (3) 10 yd run, 8 yd run, 24 yd run; Quinlan 19 pass from Metcalfe; Besler 2 yd run; Payne (2) 13 yd run, 48 yd run; Ball 65 yd run; Team Safety.
PAT: Elliott 8/8.
Osawatomie: Mitzner, 4 yd run.
Perry-Lecompton: Thad Metcalfe 6/7, 105 yds, 1 TD. Gunnar Ball 5 carries for 105 yds, 6/8, 65 yds.
Talia Gay sweeps events to notch all-around title
Free State senior gymnast Talia Gay completely dominated a meet hosted by Shawnee Mission West earlier this week.
Gay won all four of the events she competed in, notching first place in the all-around rankings in convincing fashion and leading Free State’s gymnastics squad to the team victory. The Firebirds finished more than 11 points better than runner-up Shawnee Mission East.
Lawrence High placed third in a meet featuring six total squads.
Gay posted the highest mark in vault, bar, beam and floor to finish with a total score of 36.800 points. For comparison, Avery Wilson of Shawnee Mission East was runner-up in all-around with a mark of 32.900.
Free State’s Kenzie Vaughn finished fourth in all-around with a total score of 32.400, which was highlighted by a third-place finish in beam. Chaney Finkeldei secured sixth in all-around for the Firebirds.
Beth Brandt led the Lions by placing seventh in all-around, which included a fourth-place finish in vault. Lawrence’s Paris Spotted Tail was also a runner-up in both floor and beam.
Shawnee Mission West meet
Tuesday at Indian Creek Recreation Center
Team scores (Top-three): 1. Free State 102.850; 2. Shawnee Mission East 91.150; 3. Lawrence High 90.250.
FSHS results (Top-10 finishes)
Talia Gay — 1st in all-round, 1st in floor, 1st in beam, 1st in bar, 1st in vault.
Kenzie Vaughn — 4th in all-around, 3rd in beam, 4th in floor, 8th in bar.
Chaney Finkeldei — 6th in all-around, 8th in bar, 9th in beam, 9th in floor.
Ashley Mai — 4th in vault
Ellie Vickers — 2nd in vault, 5th in bar.
Tori Crockett — 3rd in bar.
Avery Qualseth — 7th in beam.
LHS results (Top-10 finishes)
Beth Brandt — 7th in all-around, 4th in vault, 7th in floor
Paris Spotted Tail — 2nd in floor, 2nd in beam
Ivori Jones — 7th in vault
Sophia Zogry — 10th in vault
LHS boys soccer back to .500
Lawrence High’s boys soccer squad got back to .500 with a big Sunflower League victory this week.
The Lions (6-6) dominated in a 5-0 win over Olathe North on Thursday, earning their second consecutive win. Lawrence scored three goals to take control in the first half before adding two more scores in the second half.
Mason Anderson scored two goals and assisted on two more in the win. Levi Hinson, Cale Scott and Brevin Flory all scored one goal for Lawrence High. Colin Sandefur, Tanner Glanton and Omar Gonzalez were all credited with one assist as well.
Lawrence will travel to Shawnee Mission Northwest at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
FSHS volleyball suffers sweep
Free State’s volleyball team was on the wrong end of a three-set sweep at Shawnee Mission Northwest on Thursday.
The Firebirds dropped a 25-16 decision in the first set before being handed a 25-18 defeat in the second set. The Cougars then faced little resistance in the final set, closing things out with a 25-10 win.
Free State is now 14-11 on the year, which includes a 10-3 clip in Sunflower League action.
Yet the Firebirds have plenty of firepower to put this loss behind them. Sophomore Aubrey Duncan leads the squad with 173 kills in 50 sets played. Sophomore Rylee Unruh has 406 assists on the year.
Free State will host Olathe West at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
THS football cruises to comfortable win
In its second straight Saturday matchup, Tonganoxie’s football team took care of business with a 52-13 win over Southern Boone at home.
The Chieftains (4-1, No. 3 in Class 4A) scored 21 unanswered points in the first quarter to grab a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. THS scored 21 more points in the third quarter to create plenty of breathing room.
Senior running back Tyler Bowden carried the ball 23 times for 273 rushing yards in the win. Senior quarterback Blake Poje went 11-for-21 through the air for 125 passing yards. Senior Dallas Bond caught four balls for 27 yards, while senior James Eaton hauled in two receptions for 43 yards.
Tonganoxie will host Shawnee Mission East (1-3) next week.
Southern Boone 0 7 6 0 — 13
Tonganoxie 21 7 21 3 — 52