CONWAY SPRINGS – Even the return of Tanner Heckel to the lineup was not enough for the Inman football team on Friday as they went on the road and suffered their first loss of the season, 35-14.
Conway Springs attempted just a couple of passes in the game while relying on their punishing running attack that covered 347 yards on 48 runs and led by Brayden Kunz who rambled through the Teuton defense for 282 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries, while returning a fourth quarter interception for a score as well.
The Teutons offense snapped the ball 52 times but only recorded 232 yards in offense as the Cardinals kept them in check for much of the game.
Kunz scored twice in the first quarter for Conway Springs on runs of five and 66 yards with Inman getting their first score in between the two when Tanner Heckel connected with Kellen Schrag on a 57-yard pass and play.
The Cardinals added another score in the second quarter to take a 20-6 lead over the Teutons into the halftime break.
After Conway Springs scored in the third quarter and then returned Tanner Heckels second interception of the game back for another score, the Cardinals went up 35-6 before Samuel Shober poked into the end zone from one yard out giving the Teutons their final 14-35 loss.
Individually, Heckel was back over center and showed some rustiness as he completed just five of 14 passes for 87 yards and had two intercepted. Samuel Shober led the Teuton ground attack with 85 yards on 14 carries while Kellen Schrag caught two passes for 60 yards.
Defensively, Schrag led Inman with 14 tackles of which three were solo stops and two went for a loss of yardage. Other Teutons who put up some impressive defensive numbers included Zachary Martisko who had 13 tackles with one solo, Josiah Buller had 12 stops with three being solo, Samuel Shober had 11 and Eli Brunk had nine.
The loss was the first of the season for the Teutons who are now 6-1 as they prep to bounce back into the winning column on Friday at home when they host Medicine Lodge who will come into the game 3-4 for the season after beating Ellinwood 27-6 on Friday.
INMAN TEUTONS at Conway Springs
SCORING: INMAN TEUTONS 6-0-0-8=14; Conway Springs 13-7-8-7=35.
Conway Springs: Scored on a 5-yard run (Kick was Good) 0-7
TEUTONS: Kellen Schrag on a 57-yard pass play from Tanner Heckel (2-Point Conversion Failed) 6-7
Conway Springs: Scored on a 66-yard run (Kick Failed) 6-13
Conway Springs: Scored on a 12-yard run (Kick was Good) 6-20
Conway Springs: Scored on a 43-yard run (2-Point Conversion was Good) 6-28
Conway Springs: Scored on a 50-yard Interception Return (Kick was Good) 6-35
TEUTONS: Samuel Shober on a 1-yard run (2-Point Conversion – Samuel Shober run) 14-35
TEUTONS: 1st Downs – 11; Total Offense – 52 for 232; Passing – 6/18 for 90, 2 interceptions; Rushing – 32 for 142; Fumbles – 0/0; Penalties – 2 for 17.
Conway Springs: 1st Downs – 15; Total Offense – 41 for 347; Passing – 0/3 for 0; Rushing – 48 for 347; Fumbles – 1/1; Penalties – 3 for 15.
TEUTON INDIVIDUAL STATS:
Passing: Josiah Buller 1/4 for 3; Tanner Heckel 5/14 for 87, 1 score, 2 interceptions.
Rushing: Samuel Shober 14 for 85, 1 score; Kellen Schrag 6 for 34; Tanner Heckel 9 for 32; Josiah Buller 2 for 0; Harrison Brunk 1 for -9.
Receiving: Kellen Schrag 2 for 60, 1 score; Josiah Buller 1 for 15; Eli Brunk 2 for 12; Harrison Brunk 1 for 3.
Defense: Kellen Schrag 14 with 3 solo, 2 for loss; Zachary Martisko 13 with 1 solo; Josiah Buller 12 with 3 solo; Samuel Shober 11 with 1 solo; Eli Brunk 9 with 2 solo; Harrison Brunk 8 with 5 solo, 0.5 for loss; Zaden Johnson 4 with 1 solo, 0.5 for loss; Dominic Nuese-Rasmussen 4 with 1 solo, 1 forced fumble; Brant Mikulecky 2; TJ Froese 2; Noah Pollock 2.
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