By William

INMAN – Playing with lights out defense at its best, the Inman Teutons football team buried Stanton County in the first round of the state Class 1A playoffs, scoring a 61-0 victory.

The story of the game was the Teuton defense as they held Stanton County to minus-44 yards in total offense on 41 plays, including a whopping minus-70 yards rushing on 31 carries as the defense recorded 18 plays that went for a loss of yardage for the visitors.

“I was extremely pleased with the way we came out to start the game,” noted Teuton Head Coach Lance Sawyer. “I wasn’t sure what type of energy we would have for this game after our game against Smith Center and then having two snow days this week where we were unable to practice.”

That rock solid Inman defense was lead by Dawson Mannebach who recorded nine total tackles that included four that resulted in a loss of yardage and the initial score of the game when tackled Stanton County in the end zone for a safety to give Inman their initial 2-0 lead.

Seventeen Teutons put a defensive mark by their name in the stat book with Thomas Evans getting seven-and-a-half tackles while Grant Thimmesch and Darien Dawes each recorded five-and-a-half.

Speaking of his defense, Coach Sawyer said, “I was really impressed with our defensive line as they dominated the game from start to finish holding Stanton County to a minus-70 yards rushing. Thomas Evans had his best game, he really set the tone with how hard he got off the ball in order to give up no yardage up the middle. Another player who played very well on defense was Dawson Mannebach who was filling in at the middle linebacker spot for Carter Brown. It was also great to get Mason Carter back playing the outside linebacker spot again. The defense was able to get us great field position the entire game.”

On offense, the Teutons rolled up 313 yards in offense on 37 plays, with 128 coming through the air and 185 on the ground to give them solid balance.

Jace Doerksen completed three of his four pass attempts for 101 yards and touchdowns to Kendyn Blank and Derick Johnson on plays that covered 55 and 36 yards, respectively. Tanner Heckel ran for 70 yards on just five carries while finding the end zone twice, while Kellen Schrag rumbled for 34 yards on four carries. Blank, Harrison Brunk and Kyler Konrade also found the end zone on running attempts.

Coach Sawyer concluded his post-game reflections while discussing the offense and saying, “Offensively, Jace Doerksen played extremely well with the limited snaps he played. We had so many other players step up and have yardage on offense which was telling on how well our offensive line played.”

Now 7-2 on the season, the Teutons will continue their play in the playoffs with a rematch at home on Friday, November 6 with Whitewater/Remington who advanced by beating Salina Sacred Heart 56-16 and will bring to town a 4-5 overall mark. In the two teams previous battle, Inman hammered Whitewater/Remington 54-13.

Stanton County at INMAN

SCORING:                 1          2          3          4          FINAL

Stanton County          0          0          0          0          0

TEUTONS                    23        32        6          0          61

(Team, Player & Scoring Play, Extra Point Attempt, Overall Score)


TEUTONS = Dawson Mannebach tackled Stanton County in End Zone for a Safety 0-2

TEUTONS = Kendyn Blank scored on a 55-yard pass from Jace Doerksen (Kyler Konrade Kick) 0-9

TEUTONS = Derick Johnson scored on a 36-yard pass from Jace Doerksen (Kick Failed) 0-15

TEUTONS = Tanner Heckel scored on a 34-yard run (Kendyn Blank ran for 2-point conversion) 0-23


TEUTONS = Kyler Konrade scored on a 9-yard run (Jace Doerksen ran for 2-point conversion) 0-31

TEUTONS = Kendyn Blank scored on a 7-yard run (Nate Shober ran for 2-point conversion) 0-39

TEUTONS = Tanner Heckel scored on a 15-yard run (Kyler Konrade ran for 2-point conversion) 0-47

TEUTONS = Harrison Brunk scored on a 15-yard run (Nate Shober ran for 2-point conversion) 0-55


TEUTONS = Eli Brunk scored on a 60-yard Kickoff Return (2-point conversion failed) 0-61

TEAM STATS:                                   Stanton County          TEUTONS

1ST Downs                                           2                                  14

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   41-(-44)                       37-313

Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       6-9-26-0-1                   5-7-128-2-0

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       31-(-70)-0                    25-185-5

Turnovers (Fumbles-Lost-Int)            1-0-1                            1-1-0

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 2-32                             6-50


Passing (Comp-Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Jace Doerksen 3-4-101-2-0; Tanner Heckel 2-3-27-0-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Tanner Heckel 5-70-2; Kellen Schrag 4-34-0; Kendyn Blank 3-28-1; Talon Welch 4-25-0; Harrison Brunk 4-14-1; Kyler Konrade 2-10-1; Nate Shober 2-3-0; T.J. Froese 1-1-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Kendyn Blank 1-55-1; Derick Johnson 1-36-1; Zachary Martisko 1-17-0; Harrison Brunk 1-10-0; Josiah Buller 1-10-0.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assist-Sacks-TFL): Dawson Mannebach 9.0-4-10-0.5-4.0; Thomas Evans 7.5-4-7-0.0-3.0; Grant Thimmesch 5.5-3-5-1.5-2.0; Darien Dawes 5.5-0-11-0.5-3.0; Kyler Konrade 3.0-0-6-0.0-2.0; Brock Sivils 3.0-1-4-0.0-0.5; Tanner Heckel 2.0-1-2-0.0-0.0; Mason Carter 2.0-1-2-0.0-1.5; Eli Brunk 1.5-0-3-0.0-0.0; Josiah Buller 1.0-1-0-0.0-1.0; Kendyn Blank 1.0-0-2-0.0-0.5;  Talon Welch 1.0-0-2-0.0-0.5; Zachary Martisko 1.0-0-2-0.0-0.0; Kellen Schrag 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0; Christian Winsky 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0; Harrison Brunk 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0; Cole Hase 0.5-0-1-0.0-0.0.

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