WYANDOTTE — For a second straight week, Wyandotte’s defense led the way during a 54-14 romp over Chelsea in a District 2A-4 football game Thursday, Oct. 18.
Wyandotte led 34-0 at the half and didn’t allow the Green Dragons to get on the board until the fourth quarter. By then it was 47-0.
“Our defense locked in again this week,” Wyandotte head coach Zac Ross said. “We stayed pretty tough.”
Chelsea had 275 yards in total offense. All but 1 of that came via the run, as quarterback William Hampton was able to complete just one of his six pass attempts.
The Dragons, who had the ball 29:04 compared to 18:31 for WHS, averaged 5.4 yards per carry.
“It was a short week and that’s a tough offense (shotgun wing-t) to prepare for,” Ross said. “There’s a lot of misdirection and all that stuff, but our kids did a great job.”
This was the most points the Bears have scored since a 65-8 win against Caney Valley in 2016.
Wyandotte (5-3) and Salina are tied for third in District 2A-4 with 3-2 records.
The Bears travel to Salina Friday, Oct. 26.
Wyandotte scored twice in 4:42 in the first quarter then a second period explosion saw them hang three TDs in about eight minutes.
Staying with the score-in-burst theme, the Bears scored twice in the third quarter in the span of six minutes.
“We had talked about trying to score on every possession,” Ross said. “They were focused. Mentally and maturity wise, they have really grown up. We’re trying to get them dialed in all the time.
“They focused on it and did a good job.”
It was definitely a “share the wealth” effort. Five different players scored, five carried the football and four had pass receptions.
Justin Campbell, Zach Garrett and Iman Burrows had two touchdowns each.
Campbell scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards, Garrett had TD carries for 2 and 14 and Burrows went in on runs of 14 and 7 yards.
Helawa Williams made a one-handed catch in the back of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Ethan McLaughlin’s 46-run closed things out with 15 seconds left.
Wyandotte averaged 8.7 yards per play, running 51 plays and generated 445 yards in total offense.
Campbell completed seven of his 10 pass attempts for 125 yards and one TD strike to Williams.
Campbell headed up the Bears’ ground game with 110 yards on 13 carries.
Garrett contributed 88 yards on 12 tries.
“We passed it pretty well last week against Kansas and I think Chelsea was determined to not let us pass, so we ran the ball really well,” Ross said.
Chelsea’s Chandler Hurst had 185 yards and a 4-yard run for the Dragons’ first score with 8:53 remaining.
Brysin Cape accounted for 65 yards and Chelsea’s other TD, a 5-yard run at the 2:00 mark.