CHRISTIAN COUNTY — All three teams played at home but none could come away with a victory, as Central A&M dropped their first game of the season in a battle with Maroa-Forsyth that ended when A&M couldn’t recover an on-side kick to try and complete a comeback.
The South Fork Ponies weren’t able to come up with defensive stops when they needed to and dropped a home game against non-conference opponent Lexington.
The Pana Panthers were unable to stop the run game of the Vandalia, as the Vandals had two rushers go for over 100 yards.
While Central A&M is the only team currently assured a playoff spot, they were hoping to knock off the number three ranked team in Class 2A, but were unable to stop quarterback Jack Hockaday, who picked up a total of 259 rushing yards.
Central A&M vs. Maroa-Forsyth
MOWEAQUA — The Central A&M Raiders fought hard for the full 48 minutes and came up three points short against a Maroa-Forsyth team that came in ready to play. The Raiders were previously undefeated on the year and were looking to win their final home game of the regular season. Due to the Raiders’ record this year, the chances are pretty good that they will host a home playoff game in week 1 of the Class 1A playoffs.
Maroa was forced to deal with the outstanding trio of Raiders who have dominated opponents all year and were able to limit quarterback Curt Ramsey and running back Zack Ballinger. Running back Alex Snyder had a great game, scoring two rushing and two receiving touchdowns.
Ramsey was still able to lead the Raiders in rushing with 109 yards on the ground, while passing for just 93 yards.
Snyder scored his final rushing touchdown with less than a minute to play to bring the Raiders to within three points, but Central A&M was unable to come with the onside kick and Maroa ran out the clock to get the victory.
The Raiders (7-1) will play at Macon-Meridian next Friday night.
Maroa-Forsyth 0 13 19 7 - 39
Central A&M 0 7 15 14 - 36
M — Jack Hockaday 19 run (Justin Mikeworth kick)
A — Alex Snyder 15 pass from Curt Ramsey (Reece Ade kick)
M — Hockaday 1 run (kick failed)
M — Hockaday 23 run (run failed)
M — Hockaday 3 run (pass failed)
A — Snyder 14 pass from Ramsey (Zack Ballinger run)
M —Mikeworth 9 run (Mikeworth kick)
A — Snyder 7 run (Ade kick)
A — Ballinger 6 pass from Ramsey (Ade kick)
M — Hockaday 30 run (Mikeworth kick)
A — Snyder 7 run (Ade kick)
A — Alex Snyder 8-34, Zack Ballinger 8-43, Curtis Ramsey 14-109, Ryan Houser 1-1.
A — Curtis Ramsey 9-27-93-1-2
A — Zack Ballinger 4-36, Spencer Garner 1-6, Alex Snyder 2-30, Ryan House 1-15, Eric Moma 1-6.
First downs: MF-21, A&M-16
Total Yards: MF-387, A&M-278
Rushing yards: MF-50-340, A&M- 31-185
Penalties: MF- 7-36, A&M- 4-30
Records: MF 7-1, 4-0; A&M 7-1, 4-0.
Pana vs. Vandalia
PANA — The Pana Panthers hosted a tough Vandalia team that has only lost one game this year and despite a solid effort, were unable to win the game.
“Vandalia is a very tough and good team,” said Pana head coach Al Stupek.
Vandalia picked up two touchdowns in the first half and three in the second half before the Panthers could get on the board. Two Vandalia rushers ran for over 100 yard and Pana was unable to get the defensive stops necessary.
“Our team isn’t very big,” said Stupek, “but we just don’t quit. Our kids played hard and now we have to turn our focus to next week.”
Pana’s Kyle Miller did score two rushing touchdowns, one for 1 yard and one for 13 yards in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers sit at 4 wins on the season and have one final chance to pick up a win to make them playoff eligible.
“We have a big game next week,” said Stupek, “We are looking to go to Hillsboro and get the job done. I know our kids will be focused and ready.”
Vandalia 7 7 13 6 - 33
Pana 0 0 0 13 - 13
V - Ritchey 1 run (Ambuehl kick)
V - Newsome 2 run (Ambuehl kick)
V - Ambuehl 50 run (kick fail)
V - Ambuehl 2 run (Ambuehl kick)
V - Newsom 2 run (pass fail)
P - Miller 1 run (Kirk kick)
P - Miller 13 run (kick fail)
Records: Pana 4-4 (4-4)
Rushing: V- Newsome 20-107, Ryan Ambuehl 11-100, Tim Ritchey 11-51; P- Kyle Miller 11-47, Ian Kirk 7-25.
Passing: P - Gibson 4-11-69-0-0.
South Fork vs. Lexington
KINCAID — In a game of momentum swings, the South Fork Ponies were unable to get the big stops necessary to take down the visiting non-conference opponents from Lexington on Friday night.
“They were a passing team and were able to exploit us in the flats,” said South Fork head coach Drew Woodruff, “We tried to force them to run the ball and weren’t able to stop them consistently.”
The Ponies had the lead heading in the second half after scoring on two passes from Alek Harris. Dalton Pop had one reception for 31 yards while Josh Thomas had the other from 6 yards out.
“We were up 14-8 and had a good drive going but were unable to capitalize on a 4th down and when they had fourth down situations they came through,” said Woodruff.
Defensively, several Ponies came to play with Austin Deal picking up 3 tackles and 2 interceptions, Dalton Pop having 8 tackles and a forced fumble and the trio of Ethan Doan, Dakota Barstow and Jack Waggoner all picking up sacks. Justin Wilham had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery, Richie Young had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks, Josh Thomas had 6 tackles, Leyton Brown had 10 tackles and Austin Tryon had 4 tackles and a fumble recovery.
“I told our kids to keep their heads up because they played a good, hard-fought game,” said Woodruff.
The Ponies will look to become playoff eligible as they travel to Nokomis next week for the final game of the regular season.
Lexington 8 0 8 8 - 24
South Fork 7 7 0 0 - 14
L - Donovan Laible 2 run (Donovan Laible run)
K - Dalton Pop 31 pass from Alek Harris (Jamie Farrill kick)
K - Josh Thomas 6 pass from Alek Harris (Jamie Farrill kick)
L - Donovan Laible 3 run (Donovan Laible run)
L - Logan Kolat 3 run (Logan Kolat pass from Donovan Laible)
SF — Justin Felton 10-44, Alek Harris 16-47
S — Alek Harris 18-25-151-2-2
S —Dalton Pop 8-80, Josh Thomas 2-22, Justin Wilham 5-27, Craig Unser 1-18
Records: South Fork- 4-4 (4-1).