Clicking offensively, and sticking defensively, the Concordia Panthers ran over the Marysville Bulldogs 53-0 in a North Central Kansas League matchup Friday night at Harold M. Clark Stadium.
Concordia rolled up 444 yards of total offense, with 434 of those coming on the ground.
The Panthers had three touchdown drives that totaled just seven offensive plays in turning an 8-0 lead to a 32-0 cushion.
Concordia limited Marysville to just 86 total yards, and recorded a defensive touchdown in improving to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.
“Every game is different, because the level of your opponent is different. We feel like we are getting better. We have not arrived, we are making too many mistakes, but we are playing better,” Concord
Concordia got off to a quick start offensively, stalled briefly, and then put the game away.
Forcing a punt n Marysville’s first offensive possession, the Panthers got the ball for the first time on their own 36-yard line.
Concordia converted on a fourth down and four when Trevor Nordell picked up five yards to keep the drive alive, and fullback Nick Thomas scored on a 2-yard run to cap an 11-play drive with 5:35 to pla
Nordell ran in the two-point conversion to make it an 8-0 game.
Concordia, on its next two possessions, punted and turned the ball over on downs.
“We made some mistakes. We missed some assignments on the offensive line,” Lambert said, “We had a holding penalty on one drive that stopped us, and we didn’t make that fourth down.”
The Panther defense forced a pair of Marysville punts during that stretch.
Getting the ball at its own 46 following a Bulldog punt, it took Concordia just one play to score when sophomore Drake Hake raced 54 yards for a touchdown with 3:08 remaining in the second quarter.
Nordell again ran in the conversion, and it was a 16-0 game.
Marysville quarterback Tommy Brinegar fumbled on first down, and Concordia got the ball back on the Bulldog 46.
Following an incomplete pass, Hake snagged a pitch that was a little behind him with one hand, and went 44 yards for a touchdown.
“That was an unbelievable catch on that pitch. He didn’t even really slow down,” Lambert said.
Hake rushed for over 100 yards for a third straight game, finishing with 133 yards on just eight carries with three touchdowns.
Nathan Gieber threw to Blane Payeur for the conversion to put the Panthers on top 24-0 at halftime.
Concordia picked up in the second half where it left off in the first.
The Panthers went 60 yards in just four plays on its first possession.
Nordell had a 26-yard run, and a personal foul penalty tacked on 15 more yards.
Two plays later, Nordell scored on a 16-yard run.
Hake scooped up a bobbled snap on the extra point attempt, and threw to Thomas for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 32-0.
Marysville got the ball on its 30-yard line following the kickoff, and some trickery backfired for the Bulldogs.
Brinegar threw a lateral to wide receiver Garrison Wright.
Wright, under pressure, attempted to throw down field, but Nordell intercepted it and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
“I think they had a guy open, but our corner got their pretty quickly, and I think that was the key to the play. Trevor was in the right place at the right time. He made a good play, broke a tackle an
Following a Marysville punt, the Panthers went 56 yards in nine plays, and Hake scored on a 4-yard run.
Logan Higbee kicked the extra point to make it a 46-0 game.
With reserves on the field, Concordia would put together 67-yard touchdown drive.
Backup quarterback Zach Kyle scored on a 3-yard run with 6:46 to play in the game.
Higbee again booted the extra point.
Concordia had Nordell rush for 96 yards on 13 carries.
Joshua Pounds carried seven times for 64 yards.
Shea Crum finished with 59 yards on eight carries, and Thomas added 55 yards on 11 carries.
Marysville, now 0-4, finished with just 35 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
Brinegar did complete 10 of 13 passes, but picked up just 51 yards.
Concordia will play a second straight league game at home when it hosts Chapman on Friday night.