Sloppy T-Birds blank West 28-0 behind 100-yard effort from Jenkins

Brown snags two interceptions while T-Birds limit Chargers to 85 total yards

“I like what we can do in our run game,’’ Heights coach Jason Swift said. “We feel like we make (opposing) defenses play honest. Our line has been solid too. It takes 11.’’ (2016 file photo/The Capital-Journal)

For the most part Friday, Shawnee Heights seized on momentum it gained from a thrilling football opener a week earlier.


As a reminder, the T-Birds ran on to their home turf and saw the scoreboard still reflect that three-point victory over Manhattan.

Heights then used first-half touchdown runs from Mitchell Lady, Michael Hoffer and Tre Munoz to gain separation from Topeka West before blanking the Chargers 28-0 at Wetter Field.

Lady executed the option perfectly on the second play the T-Birds ran, scoring on a 52-yard quarterback keeper just 2-plus minutes into the game. Hoffer and Munoz scored on toss sweeps of 14 and 4 yards in the second quarter to build a 21-0 lead.

“I like what we can do in our run game,’’ Heights coach Jason Swift said. “We feel like we make (opposing) defenses play honest. Our line has been solid too. It takes 11.’’

There was a disconcerting hitch, however.

The T-Birds committed five turnovers. They fumbled seven times, losing four. Lady also threw an interception into the end zone to end the first half, but atoned with a 7-yard strike to Tanner Buckley for Heights’ only second-half touchdown.

The workhorse was Trey Jenkins. The bruising 200-pound senior gained 126 yards on 17 carries as the T-Birds amassed 337 total yards with 16 first downs, and climbed to 2-0 overall and in the Centennial League. They also held West (0-2, 0-2) to 85 total yards.

“We were a little sloppy tonight and we need to turn it up next week for Washburn Rural,’’ Jenkins said. “We did great things, but we just need to fix the little things.’’

Heights dominated on defense the entire night, getting two interceptions from junior safety Tyce Brown. Senior linebacker Dane Terry also was in on several stops and recovered a fumble early in the second quarter at the West 24 to set up the T-Birds for their second TD.

The Chargers, who rushed for minus-55 yards in their season-opening loss to Seaman, were shut out for the second straight week while managing 12 yards on 26 carries. Four sacks of quarterback Hunter McDaniel limited the attack.

West’s longest gain was a 25-yard pass McDaniel caught from Chad Ellis, a receiver who added 38 yards on seven grabs.

Topeka West (0-2, 0-2) … 0 … 0 … 0 … 0 … — … 0

Shawnee Heights (2-0, 2-0) … 7 … 14 … 7 … 0 … — … 28

SH – Lady 52 run (Maisberger kick)

SH – Hoffer 14 run (Maisberger kick)

SH – Munoz 4 run (Maisberger kick)

SH – Buckley 7 pass rom Lady (Maisberger kick)


… TW … SH

First downs … 8 … 16

Rushes-yards … 26-12 … 35-269

Passes … 9-25-2 … 4-6-1

Passing yards … 73 … 68

Fumbles-lost … 2-1 … 7-4

Return yards … 0 … 19

Penalties … 9-72 … 7-55


RUSHING – West: Warlow 5-17, Ellis 7-13, Pettit 8-2, McDaniel 7-(minus 20). Heights: Jenkins 17-126, Lady 8-62, Hoffer 5-77, Munoz 2-2, Eklund 2-0, Gardenhire 10-19, Berry 6-25.

PASSING – West: McDaniel 8-24-1, 48 yards; Ellis 1-1, 25. Heights: Lady 4-6-1, 68.

RECEIVING – West: Ellis 7-38, McDaniel 1-25, Schmelzle 1-10. Heights: Cummings 1-46, Brown 1-14, Buckley 1-7, Gardenhire 1-1.

PUNTING – West: Morrow 5-26.4. Heights: Williams 1-38.0, Cummings 1-27.0.



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