By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

HAYS – The hopes of a state championship lasted just a short time on Saturday for the Inman Teutons as the Olpe Eagles managed to shut down the Teuton offense and found ways to run through the defense on their way to a 35-6 victory and repeat as the Class 1A state champions

It was the second season in a row that Inman made a run at the title after bowing out in the final four last season, they made the championship game this year and finished with a glittering 12-1 record for the 2021 season.

After Olpe scored on a short four-yard run in the first quarter to take an early 7-0 lead, the Teutons bounced back beginning of the second quarter with a 35-yard pass play from Jace Doerksen to Eli Brunk to a score. With the missed two-point conversion the Teutons pulled within one at 7-6 before Olpe scored twice later in the stanza on runs of one- and twenty-yards to take a more commanding 21-6 advantage into the halftime break.

Neither team put points on the board in the third quarter before the Eagles managed to run for two more scores in the fourth on runs of three- and fifty-seven-yards to close out the scoring and gain the final 35-6 win.

The normal stout Inman defense suffered a blow before the game when standout Kyler Konrade suffered a knee injury during practice and would miss the championship battle.

Overall, Olpe picked up 380 yards on 53 offensive plays while Inman was held to just 168 yards on 49 snaps. The Eagles had a large advantage in two categories in the game as they possessed the ball for a bit over twenty-eight minutes while the Teutons only had the ball for just short of twenty.

Where much of the game deciding factors may have been made was on third down conversions as Inman only made good on three of thirteen while Olpe converted six of ten.

Olpe only threw for 48 yards on five-of-six passing, but thanks to the two-headed monster running attack of Derek Hoelting and Damon Redeker the Eagles ran the ball forty-seven times which went for 332 net yards. Hoelting and Redeker did most of the work with Hoelting carrying the ball sixteen times for 153 yards while Redeker covered 152 yards on twenty-two totes.

Eli Brunk led the Teuton defense with 10 tackles which included two tackles for a loss of yardage, while Tanner Heckel recorded nine stops, Grant Thimmesch had eight and both Zach Martisko and Jace Doerksen each put six tackles in their stat sheet.

Offensively, Jace Doerksen closed out his long-term Teuton career by completing eleven of twenty-seven passes for 126 yards and the team’s only score in the game. The Brunk brothers were Doerksen’s main targets as Eli caught two passes for forty-nine yards and Harrison pulled in five for forty-two yards.

While the Eagles shutdown the Inman rushing attack for the most part, Dawson Mannebach managed to pick up 32 yards on four carries and Dawson McConnell had twelve yards on four carries to lead the team.

As many of the Inman hopeful will be looking for a return run at the state title in 2022, the Teutons will graduate a very decorated senior class including Jace Doerksen, Kyler Konrade, Kendyn Blank, Grant Thimmesch, Dawson Mannebach and Christian Winsky.

INMAN TEUTONS vs. Olpe in Hays  

SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

TEUTONS        0          6          0          0          6         

Olpe                7          14        0          14        35       

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

1ST QUARTER:

Olpe = Scored on a 4-yard run (Kick was good), 0-7

2ND QUARTER:

TEUTONS = Eli Brunk scored on a 35-yard pass play from Jace Doerksen (2-Point Conversion Failed), 6-7

Olpe = Scored on a 1-yard run (Kick was good), 6-14

Olpe = Scored on a 20-yard run (Kick was good), 6-21

3RD QUARTER:

No Scoring

4TH QUARTER:

Olpe = Scored on a 3-yard run (Kick was good), 6-28

Olpe = Scored on a 57-yard run (Kick was good), 6-35

TEAM STATISTICS:                         TEUTONS        Olpe

1ST Down                                             7                      16       

Total Offense (Plays-Yds)                   49-168             53-380

Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int)       11/27-126-1-0 5/6-48-0-0      

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds)                       22-42-0            47-332-5         

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

Penalties (#-Yds)                                 3-15                 3-20    

Time of Possession                             19:40               28:20  

3rd Down Conversions                        3/13                6/10

INMAN TEUTONS INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS:

Passing (Comp/Atts-Yds-Tds-Int): Jace Doerksen 11/27-126-1-0.

Rushing (Atts-Yds-Tds): Dawson Mannebach 4-32-0; Dawson McConnell 4-12-0; Jace Doerksen 8-5-0; Kellen Schrag 1-0-0; Kendyn Blank 1-0-0; Tanner Heckel 4-0-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-Tds): Harrison Brunk 5-42-0; Eli Brunk 2-49-1; Tanner Heckel 2-21-0; Dawson McConnell 1-9-0; Kellen Schrag 1-5-0.

Defense (Tackles-Solo-Assisted-Sacks-TFL): Eli Brunk 10-4-6-0.5-2.5; Tanner Heckel 9-6-3-0-0; Grant Thimmesch 8-4-4-0.5-1.5; Zach Martisko 6-3-3-0-1.0; Jace Doerksen 6-3-3-0-0; Harrison Brunk 5-4-1-0-0; Dawson McConnell 5-3-2-0-0; Samuel Shober 5-0-5-0-0; Josiah Buller 3-2-1-0-0; Kellen Schrag 2-2-0-0-0; Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen 2-1-1-0-0; Dawson Mannebach 1-0-1-0-0.

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