By Staff for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
INMAN – The Inman football team played like a team on a mission Friday evening as they opened their 2022 season at home with a 46-12 rout over visiting Marion.
It was all Teutons according to the stat sheet as they rang up 442 yards on 64 offensive plays while holding Marion to just 187 yards on 55 plays. Those numbers included 44 rushes for 326 yards when Inman was on offense, when on defense they held Marion to just 55 yards on 40 running attempts or just 1.4 yards per run.
The Teutons hit Marion early when Tanner Heckel connected with the speedy Harrison Brunk for a 69-yard pass play for a score in the first quarter. After Marion managed to drive for a score, Heckel then returned the following kickoff 80 yards for another score to give Inman an early 16-6 lead.
After Heckel added a touchdown in the second quarte to give the Teutons a 24-6 lead at halftime, he added another scoring run in the third to give the home folks a comfortable 32-12 lead heading into the final quarter.
Samuel Shober and Kellen Schrag each added scoring jaunts in the final quarter to give the Teutons their final 46-12 victory margin.
“I thought at times we looked pretty good and at times we struggled maintaining our blocks on offense,” noted Teuton head coach Lance Sawyer. “Tanner (Heckel) had some catchable balls that as the season moves on will be caught while I thought our ground game really started to go after halftime. Sammy (Shober) and Kellen (Schrag) ran the ball really well as we were able to spread it around.”
Individually, replacing long-time starter Jace Doerksen who graduated, Tanner Heckel took over at quarterback and led the Teutons by throwing for 116 yards while leading the team in rushing with 90 yards. Kellen Schrag and Samuel Shober each chipped in with strong running as well recording 69 and 55 yards, respectively.
On defense, Schrag recorded seven tackles including a pair for loss of yardage while Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen and Eli Brunk each had six tackles with Brunk getting two for loss of yardage and a quarterback sack.
Coach Sawyer concluded his post-game reflections by talking defense and saying, “Our run defense looked really good. Dominic (Nuese-Rasmussen) and Zaden (Johnson) had a heck of a game on the line while Zachary Martisko did really well at the middle linebacker position.”
Next up for the Teutons will be on Friday, September 9 when they play host to Sedgwick for Inman homecoming.
Marion at INMAN TEUTONS
Marion 6-0-6-0=12; TEUTONS 16-8-8-14=46
TEUTONS – Harrison Brunk on 69-yard pass from Tanner Heckel (2-Point Conversion on Josiah Buller run) 0-8
Marion – Scored on a 2-yard run (kick failed) 6-8
TEUTONS – Tanner Heckel on 80-yard kickoff return (2-Point Conversion on Harrison Brunk run) 6-16
TEUTONS – Tanner Heckel on 24-yard run (2-Point Conversion on Samuel Shober run) 6-24
Marion – Scored on a 1-yard run (2-Point Conversion failed) 12-24
TEUTONS – Tanner Heckel on 1-yard run (2-Point Conversion on Josiah Buller run) 12-32
TEUTONS – Samuel Shober on 6-yard run (2-Point Conversion Failed) 12-38
TEUTONS – Kellen Schrag on 24-yard run (2-Point Conversion on Tanner Heckel run) 12-46
Marion – 1st Downs = 7; Total Offense = 55 plays for 187 yards; Rushing = 40 for 55 yards; Passing = 4/14 for 132 yards with 1 interception; Penalties = 0-0; Fumbles = none.
TEUTONS – 1st Downs = 21; Total Offense = 64 plays for 442 yards; Rushing = 44 for 326 yards; Passing = 4/16 for 116 yards with 0 interceptions; Penalties = 5 for 34 yards; Fumbles = 1 with 1 lost.
TEUTON INDIVIDUAL STATS:
PASSING: Tanner Heckel – 4/14 for 116 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions.
RUSHING: Tanner Heckel – 12 for 90 yards, 2 scores; Kellen Schrag – 8 for 69 yards, 1 score; Samuel Shober – 9 for 55 yards, 1 score; Brant Mikulecky – 4 for 43 yards; Dawson McConnell – 6 for 35 yards; Josiah Buller – 5 for 34 yards.
RECEIVING: Harrison Brunk – 2 for 86 yards, 1 score; Eli Brunk – 1 for 18 yards; Samuel Shober – 1 for 12 yards.
DEFENSE: Kellen Schrag – 7 tackles with 3 solo, 8 assists, 2 for loss, .5 sack; Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen – 6 tackles with 3 solo, 6 assists; Eli Brunk – 6 tackles with 2 solo, 8 assists, 2 for loss, 1 sack; Dawson McConnell – 4 tackles with 2 solo, 4 assists, 1 for loss, .5 sack; Brant Mikulecky – 3.5 tackles with 2 solo, 3 assists, .5 for loss; Tanner Heckel – 3 tackles with 3 solo; Sebastian Martinez – 2.5 tackles with 2 solo, 1 assist, 2.5 for loss; Zaden Johnson – 2.5 tackles with 5 assists, .5 sack; Josiah Buller with 2 tackles with 2 solo; Harrison Brunk – 2 tackles with 2 solo, 1 interception; Samuel Shober – 2 tackles with 4 assists; TJ Froese – 1 tackle with 2 assists, .5 for loss.
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