By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
St. John Tigers break 22-game losing streak
Area football roundup 9-18
The St. John Tigers celebrate breaking a 22-game football losing streak. - photo by Courtesy Photo by Dick Smith



ST. JOHN — St. John's Joe Drake scored four touchdowns to spark the Tigers past Langdon-Fairfield 34-32 as the Tigers snapped a 22-game losing streak. The Tigers’ last football win was 30-22 over Ellinwood in 2017. Langdon-Fairfield has previously lost 50-0 to Stafford and 68-16 to Lincoln.

Drake rushed for 101 yards on 13 carries. Caden McCandless scored a game-tying 18-yard rushing touchdown. Drake completed the game-winning 2-point pass to receiver Andrew Miller. McCandless led the defense with 11 tackles, six for loss. Marco Ibarra had seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Alan Valenzuela intercepted a pass.

"They were joyful for themselves and how they fought," said St. John coach Justin Nusser. "They had fun and were happy to win a game. They're learning how to compete. They made their school and community proud. As a hometown guy, it's fun to see the community excited."

Alan Valenzuela converted a 46-yard run off a reverse and Angel Ibarra caught a 10-yard pass for a first down on the game-tying drive. McCandless converted an 18-yard touchdown run for a 32-32 tie. Miller, a starting guard, shifted to end for the game-winning 2-point conversion.

Fairfield (0-3) was led by Cody Canady with 133 yards rushing and three touchdowns. 

Sophomore Ethan Son and two cross country runners Uriel Calleros and Edwin Fernandez played their first varsity football game.

Nusser was pleased by how well the Tigers tackled and played defense in their first football game.

"Defensively, we tackled well," he said. "We played fast defensively. Our kids wrapped up really well and we got to the football. It was fun to see them play that way."

The Tigers played C Abelardo Llanas, C Tegan Tanner, G Andrew Miller, G Ivan Acosta/Llanas, QB Joe Drake, RB Caden McCandless and Uriel Calleros and WR Edwin Fernandez and WR Alan Valenzuela.

The Falcons had a two-game advantage on game preparation.

"We had to fight through fatigue and cycle in players. It was a big challenge, especially conditioning-wise," Nusser said. "Fairfield has two weeks to iron their game out with older players. Our young players and hungry to win and battle. 


RUSHING—F—Cody Canady 28-133; Camre Haumont 7-35; Austin Cochran 2-13; Brady Fowler (3-(-9); SJ—Joe Drake 13-101; Alan Valenzuela 1-46; Caden McCandless 8-19; Andrew Miller 1-3; Uriel Calleros 1-(-1); Marco Ibarra 3-(20) 

PASSING—F—Cody Canady 6-25-1, Foster 1-1-0, 8; SJ—Joe Drake 5-9-0, 42; Marco Ibarra 2-8-1, 12

RECEIVING—F—Cochran 5-26; SJ—McCandless 3-19; Miller 2-16; Angel Ibarra 1-14; Edwin Fernandez 1-6



PEABODY — Peabody stopped a Stafford 2-point conversion by Tai Hildebrand with nine seconds left to edge Stafford 64-62 Friday in a wild 8-Man Div. 2 District football game.

Peabody (1-2, 1-1 District) led 64-44. Stafford (2-1, 1-1) rallied with two touchdowns by Tai Hildebrand and one score by Kleyton Schreiber, but the Trojans missed all three 2-point plays.  

Stafford's Kleyton Schreiber scored six touchdowns. He rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns and scored two receiving touchdowns. Quarterback Dylan Gantz threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing score. Tai Hildebrand scored three rushing touchdowns.

Peabody's Noah Reynolds scored five touchdowns, three rushing scores and 152 yards and two receiving scores and 65 yards. Quarterback Phillip Young threw for 134 passing yards and three scores.

Stafford 14 24 6 18—62

Peabody 8 26 24 6—64

S—Schreiber 25 pass from Gantz (run failed)—10:57

P—Young 10 run (Smith pass from Young)—3:52

S—Schreiber 12 pass from Gantz (Schreiber pass from Gantz)—1:52

P—Reynolds 8. run (conversion failed)—10:15

S—Hildebrand 1 run (run failed)—9:27

P—Reynolds 41 pass from Young (Branson run), 6:28

S—Schreiber 9 run (run failed)—5:28

P—Partridge 50 pass from Young (run failed)—4:01

S—Gantz 1 run (pass failed)—1:30

S—Schreiber 10 interception return (run failed)—1:23

P—Young 17 run (pass failed)—:00

P—Reynolds 24 pass from Young (Branson run)—8:06

P—Smith 8 run (Partridge pass from Young)—5:59

S—Schreiber 4 run (run failed)—3:57

P—Reynolds 33 run (Branson run)—1:48

P—Reynolds 6. run (pass failed)—8:24

S—Tai Hildebrand 33 run (pass failed)—8:02

S—Schreiber 70 run (pass failed)—3:47

S—Tai Hildebrand 6 run (run failed)—0:09  


RUSHING—S—42-346; Schreiber 17-141, Hildebrand 17-120, Gantz 8-85. P—54-313; Reynolds 20-152, Young 18-104, Smith 13-47, Branson 2-7, Gossen 1-3.

PASSING—S—Gantz 3-8-0, 37. P—Young 4-16-1, 134; Partridge 1-2-0, 24

RECEIVING—S—Schreiber 2-37, Tai Hildebrand 1-0. P—Reynolds 2-65, Partridge 2-61, Hutchison 1-32


MACKSVILLE – Macksville quarterback Ryan Kuckelman rushed for four touchdowns to spark the Mustangs past Medicine Lodge 46-36 in a wild 8-man football game. Kuckelman rushed for 170 yards and scored on runs of 3, 13, 44 and 50 yards for Macksville (1-1).

Tailback Michael Seward rushed for 124 yards and scored on a 31-yard scoring dash. The Mustangs gained 380 rushing yards on 46 attempts.

Versatile Cleven Huggins scored two touchdowns on a 50-yard run and 47-yard pass from Seward with 87 yards receiving and 48 yards rushing. Huggins led the defense with two interceptions. Kuckelman contributed 11 tackles and Alexis Barron had nine stops.

Medicine Lodge’s Chance Winter scored three rushing touchdowns and completed a scoring pass to Jake Fisher.

Medicine Lodge 8 20 8 0 – 36

Macksville 12 22 6 6 – 46

M—Ryan Kuckelman 13 run—5:25

ML—Chance Winter 3 run (run good)—3:50

M—Kuckelman 50 run—2:24

ML—Ayden Edwards 3 run—11:56

ML—Jake Fisher 16 pass from Winter (run good)—8:27

M—Cleven Huggins 50 run—6:15

M—Michael Seward 31 run (run good)—5:01

ML—Winter 3 run—3:11

M—Kuckelman 44 run (run good)—2:12

ML—Winter 1 run (run good)—9:43

M—Kuckelman 3 run—5:34

M—Huggins 47 pass from Seward—1:15


RUSHING—M—46-380; Kuckelman 18-170, Seward 20-124, Huggins 4-48, Jason Cleveland 4-38

PASSING—M—Kuckelman 4-11-0, 63; Seward 1-1-0, 47

RECEVING—M—Huggins 3-87, Rogelio Ibarra 1-22, Seward 1-1

 8-MAN2 D5


OTIS — Central Plains quarterback Michael Laymon completed two touchdown passes and rushed for a score as the Oilers raced past Otis-Bison 46-0 in Friday's Eight-Man 2, District 5 opener. Laymon passed for 105 yards and rushed for 63 yards. The victory marked the Oilers' football opener after two off weeks.

Karter Beck caught an 8-yard score from Michael Laymon and Jacob Oberle grabbed a 20-yard touchdown strike. Adding rushing touchdowns were Michael Laymon, Cole Lamatsch and William Laymon. Lamatsch had 74 yards receiving and he completed a 13-yard scoring pass to Karter Beck. Beck tackled Otis-Bison's Christian Roth in the endzone for a safety.

Oberle contributed five tackles. 

Otis-Bison (0-3, 0-1 District) was led by quarterback Kaden Foust with six completions. Foust contributed 91/2 tackles and Nathan Roth contributed 61/2 tackles.

Central Plains 24 22 — 46

Otis-Bison 0 0 — 0 

CP—Cole Lamatch 8 run (run failed)—7:28

CP—Michael Laymon 5 run (Dawson McNeal run)—4:36

CP—Safety (Karter Beck tackles Christian Roth in endzone)—3:10

CP—Karter Beck 8 pass from M. Laymon (M. Laymon run)—2:07

CP—William Laymon 4 run (McNeal run)—6:45

CP—Jacob Oberle 20 pass from M. Laymon (M. Laymon run)—2:26

CP—Beck 13 pass from Lamatsch (run failed)—0:32


RUSHING—CP—30-202; M. Laymon 7-47; Lamatsch 12-73; McNeal 8-67; W. Laymon 2-10; Evan Stratmann 1-5; OB—8-(-1); Christian Roth 3-0; Kaden Foust 4-0; Dalton Regan 1-(-1)

PASSING—CP—M. Laymon 5-7-0, 99; Lamatsch 1-1-0, 15; OB—Foust 6-18-0, (-4)

RECEIVING—CP—Lamatsch 3-74; Beck 2-21; Oberle 1-19; OB—Eston Juno 1-0; Gratton Dalton 1-0; Christian Roth 4-(-10)