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Mustangs Outrun Sabetha in District Battle
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

Rock Creek only led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter, but they won the turnover battle 2-0 as well and led by at least two touchdowns the entire second half in a 35-21 district win at Sabetha. The Mustangs were 9-13 on third downs and converted twice on fourth down while scoring touchdowns on five straight possessions, aside from having the ball at the end of the first half. 

After holding Rock Creek on their first two possessions of the night, Sabetha snapped a punt attempt out the back of their endzone in the first quarter then fumbled at their own 16, before Charlie Killingsworth scored his first of five touchdowns on the night with a 14-yard pass to Brooks Whaley to make it 9-0. The Mustangs then converted a pair of fourth down plays on their next drive and increased the lead to 16-0 on a four-yard run by Killingsworth. 

Sabetha would answer with a fourth down conversion themselves on a deep pass from Kaden Dillon to Riley Lierz before Drew Schmelzle ran in a score from eight yards out and Dillon added a two-point conversion to pull within 16-8 at the end of the first quarter. Rock Creek had the only score in the second period as Killingsworth found Dawson Zenger on a 27-yard TD pass to make it 22-8.  Sabetha's first and only drive of the third quarter went 14 plays and a penalty took away a first and goal opportunity at the one-yard-line and forced a third down and 17 play in the redzone which resulted in a costly interception by Rock Creek sophomore standout Yanci Spiller. 

Both teams scored twice in the fourth quarter but Sabetha could not recover either onside kick attempt following their touchdowns before falling to 0-2 in district play and 2-3 overall on the season. The Bluejays ran for 182 yards with Schmelzle having 95 and was also 4-6 passing with a late touchdown to Kaden Dillon while playing quarterback in the second half. Josh Herrmann ran for 52 yards, including a dazzling 24-yard TD run to pull within 29-15 with 9:36 left in the game. 

Rock Creek, which hasn't had more than three wins in any football season since 2012, is now 3-1 on the season and racked up 367 total yards with Killingsworth completing 15-27 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns and also rushing for 91 yards. Brooks Whaley had a great night with 10 receptions for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Spiller also caught a TD. The Mustangs are now 2-0 in district play with a huge game looming in Holton in two weeks. 

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