McLouth’s offense runs over Wathena
Same outcome, different opponent.
After shutting Horton out Sept. 2, 51-0, McLouth responded Friday with another victory.
The Bulldogs scored 26 points in the second quarter on their way to a 53-6 victory on the road against Wathena.
Kevin Stewart started the McLouth scoring spree with a 22-yard run with 6:12 left in the first quarter. Kevin Gill, with a full week of practice under his belt, kicked the extra point in his second game at the position.
In the second quarter, quarterback Jimmy Steffey ran the ball in from 12 yards out as the Bulldogs held a 13-0 advantage.
Wathena did respond with a 34-yard pass play from quarterback Colin McQuillan to Colby Rohde and trailed, 13-7, but McLouth went on a scoring spree after that.
"The line's doing a great job of blocking," MHS coach Harry Hester said. "We still have things we can improve on, fundamentals.
The line, led by longtime starters Jason McGhee and Jonah Wise, has been solid in the first two games for McLouth. Jonah Wise, Danny Crouse and Jake Eibis also have been big contributors up front for the Bulldogs. And at center, Ryan Perry has moved into a new position in his senior season.
"They're physical," Hester said. "They work on blocking to the whistle. They work extremely hard at that."
McLouth amassed 481 yards of offense Friday -- 323 of which came on the ground. Kevin Stewart was the leading rusher with 141 yards and four touchdowns. Steffey, meanwhile, rushed for 105 and passed for 158.
"He's playing well for us right now," Hester said.
As for receiving, Joel Gill led the receiving corps with 104 yards on four receptions.
The offense has been explosive in its first two games as the Bulldogs have scored 104 points. On defense, MHS has been equally successful.
McLouth's defense held Wathena to fewer than 20 rushing yards.
"Our defense continues to play well and we held them to 16 yards rushing and got them out of what they were trying to do," Hester said. "When you can do that I think you can be successful."
McLouth held Wathena to 108 total yards of offense.
While McLouth's kicking game improved in the second week, the team still is committing too many penalties, Hester said.
"We had eight penalties for 68 yards and we can't do that," Hester said.
Wathena was whistled for 12 penalties worth 99 yards.
Now 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Delaware Valley League, McLouth takes on another undefeated squad -- Doniphan West.
The Mustangs outlasted Troy, 12-7, on Friday and improved to 2-0.
For McLouth to stay unbeaten, they likely will have to contain Doniphan West's leading rusher in Ben Gillmore.
"He's their main guy," Hester said. "We've got to know where he's at and stop him."
The Mustangs also feature fullback Kip Peters, who measures 6-3 and 220 pounds.
"We definitely need to hit him low," Hester said. "We need to not take him on too high, or we'll go for a ride."
The teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Sports Complex in McLouth.
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