Dragons Tie For 1st
It was one of the best football games played by the Dragons, few mistakes and great control of the game allowed them to dominate the game 29-0.
It was also a big night for quarterback Jonah McKee, running for three touchdowns. McKee, a Senior, can read a play, find the hole and move the ball. At 5 foot 5, he is is just like gun powder, small and explosive. When asked how do you manage to find a hole, penetrate and gain yards? McKee replies, " I just think of playing football with my brothers when I was "little" and I always knew how to gain yards penetrating between my brothers to make yards, that's what I think when I am on the field."
The Dragons (3-1, 3-1 Central Kansas League) pulled into a first-place tie with Hesston after their loss to Hillsboro Friday night, Halstead only loss.
Sterling could not find a way to stop McKee. Halstead utilized three quick counts to gain three first downs to score on their second drive. The Dragons continued a drive totaling 14-plays, 80-yard drive McKee ended with a four-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1.
Sterling’s offense at times would start to make yards, however a long Seth Humphrey's pass was intercepted by Chance Spicer, who returned it 42 yards. The Sterling turnover set up another short McKee touchdown run, which Halstead followed with a two-point conversion to lead 15-0 at halftime.
The third quarter provided no points. The Dragons were able to score on the first play of the 4th quarter, when McKee faked a hand off left and dashed right-off guard to break through the line getting hit by the left linebacker, broke the tackle only to get hit two more times and sprint to the end zone out running a 6 foot plus Sterling player!
Coach Marc Svaty was pleased saying, "Our kids played a good football game on Friday night. Anyone in attendance could see that there was a dramatic size advantage that Sterling had over us. They have some big kids. Our kids came out and executed well throughout the game. Our defense shined, we held Sterling to less than 100 total yards of offense and came through with a shutout. Our offense churned out first downs and controlled the game. We have some issues to deal with in our kicking game with our coverage units. The win puts us in a situation where if we take care of business against Lyons this Friday night, we will be the CKL league champions which will be good for our kids and our community."