High school football

Mission accomplished: Panthers blank defending state Class C champion Warriors

Medomak Valley enjoys rousing start to campaign with impressive all-around performance
By Staff | Sep 09, 2019

Fairfield — Medomak Valley football coach Ryan Snell said, in reference to his team beginning the high school season against defending state Class C champion Nokomis of Newport: “The kids came out completely focused, looking to start out our season with a big win.”

Mission accomplished.

The Panthers came out and made a statement against the defending champs as they not only scored in droves, but kept the Warriors off the scoreboard as well, as Medomak Valley came away with an emphatic 38-0 road win on Friday night, Sept. 6 at Lawrence High School.

Nokomis, which graduated a bevy of starters from last year’s squad, plays its home games this season at Lawrence High School as its home field is being renovated.

On Friday, Lawrence High School may as well have been a home game for Medomak Valley. The Panthers were stopped on a fourth-and-goal from the three-yard line on their first drive, but from there, scored on their next four possessions to seize control of the game.

The game was scoreless after one quarter, but the Panthers led 16-0 at halftime and 24-0 after three quarters.

Snell said he was “really pleased with how we came out and battled all night.”

“We were able to get a couple scores before the half, then really take control with the opening drive of the second half,” he said. “Our seniors led the way, and we had a lot of newcomers step up big in their first varsity experience.”

Levi Ward rushed for 75 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, along with a two-point conversion, while Drew Severson added 154 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown, with three two-point conversions. Colvin Standring and Hayden Staples also had rushing scores for Medomak Valley.

In addition to Severson and Ward’s key performances, Standring (5 carries, 57 yards), Staples (3 carries, 10 yards), Jacob Light (2 carries, 8 yards) and Devin Secotte (2 carries, 27 yards) also chipped in on offense behind the strong offensive line of Erik Benner, Gage Seavey, Jakob Gess, Elijah Lash and Garrett French, while Light, Gabe Shellman and Jethro Pease added support at tight end for the visitors.

Severson (5 solo tackles, assisted tackle), Benner (4 solos, blocked field goal), Lash (3 solos, 2 assists, quarterback sack), Standring (3 solos, 2 assists), Seacotte (4 solos), Zeke Hesseltine (4 solos), Gess (3 solos), French (solo, assist), Ward (4 solos, assist), Staples (3 solos), Tucker Holgerson (solo), Seavey (solo), Kayden Wright (3 solos, assist), Wyatt Simmons (3 solos), Ethan Wood (solo), Gaitlin Bendenik (solo), Isaac Simmons (2 solos, assist) and Gabe Wright (assist) also had solid defensive efforts on the gridiron for the Panthers.

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