OLPE, KS – The #4 ranked Olpe Eagles justified their ranking and put and end to Christ Prep’s win streak with a 13-8 victory. The Eagles made the plays when they had to and none was bigger than a 4th and 18 completion with the Patriots clinging to a one point lead. Olpe scored on the next play and were able to stop the Christ Prep offense to seal the win.
The Eagles scored on the first possession of the game driving 63 yards for a TD with most of that on a 34 yard pitch sweep to make the score 7-0. After that, the defenses took over the game and neither team seriously threatened to put points on the board. The second half started with both defenses continuing their dominance but late in the third quarter CPA marched down the field and Noah Blair completed a pass to Grant Stamatis who weaved 23 yards for the touchdown. Stamatis followed up with the 2-point conversion to give Christ Prep an 8-7 advantage.
The Eagles responded with a determined march down the field. The nervous Eagle fans felt desperate when CPA got back-to-back sacks. Adam Wilkins and Grant Gilkeson combined for the first one and Connor Hurley and Luke Sato nailed the quarterback for a 6 yard loss on 3rd and 12 to set up the game changing play.
The CPA offense struggled and the 157 total yards was less than half the season average entering the contest. The loss snapped the Patriots win streak at 4 and next they face another top Kansas 1A team in Troy.
- The Defense is allowing only 5.0 points per game.
- The defense recorded 9 tackles for loss, second only to the Wabaunsee game.
- This was the first meeting with Olpe who finished in the final four of the Kansas playoffs of 2017.
- Hurley led the team with 71 yards rushing for the second consecutive game.
- Stamatis led the team in tackles with 11.
- Freshman Paul Lindstrome played his best game of the season recording 2 Tackles for Loss and 7 total tackles.
- Coach Hurley on the game -“This game was within our grasp. It was right there. We have another one this coming week against Troy… we battled tonight. We have no reason to hang our heads.”