Van Horn has its biggest football victory in years.

By THE EXAMINER STAFF

Van Horn has its biggest football victory in years.

The Falcons bolted to a 36-6 halftime lead and went on to upset Sherwood 50-22 in a Crossroads Conference game Friday night.

“It was the biggest win in our four years by far,” Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert said.
Van Horn (3-2, 2-1) scored the most points in a game since routing Westport 68-8 on Oct. 23, 1995.

"Jayvon James’ 75-yard punt return started us off,” Tolbert said. “Sherwood had scored first. We hadn’t been playing well. Our quarterback, Tyler Solomon, also played strong.”

James also caught a TD pass, Solomon sneaked one yard for a score, Denzel Strong scored two touchdowns and Johnny Roberts and Armand Levy one each.

ST. MARY’S 42, MARANATHA ACADEMY 8: St. Mary’s broke to a 28-0 opening quarter lead and went on to defeat Maranatha Academy at Truman High School.

“Not turning the ball over was the key,” St. Mary’s coach Jason Fenstermaker said. “We had been averaging five a game. I challenged them to two or less and we only had one.”

First quarter interception returns of 50 and 20 yards by Drew Huttinger and Allen Lehane, respectively also sparked the Trojans.

Drew Huttinger passed six yards to brother Alex and Scott Lehane ran six yards for other Trojan touchdowns in the quarter. Emilio Gonzales kicked four of six extra points.

Huttinger passed 20 yards to Michael Thomason in the second quarter and Scott Lehane ran 32 yards in the third quarter for the other scores for St. Mary’s (1-4).

The Trojans totaled 278 yards and held Maranatha to 152.

LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 17, WINNETONKA 0: Marcus Strickland rushed for 117 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown as Lee’s Summit West bested Winnetonka at North Kansas City High School.

Quarterback Luke Knott also played a key role in the Titans’ fourth victory in five games by completing 8 of 14 passes for 106 yards. He also rushed 12 times for 64 yards and one TD.

West’s final points came on Brad Clements’ 27-yard, fourth quarter field goal.
West had 318 total yards while holding Winnetonka (3-2) to 162.

OAK GROVE 40, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 34: Brycen Mackinson’s one-yard run in overtime lifted visiting and undefeated Oak Grove to the Missouri River Valley Conference West victory.

Oak Grove (5-0, 2-0) rolled up 350 yards rushing led by Levi Harmon’s 121 yards on 16 attempts and four touchdowns on runs of 75, 39,12 and 4. Harmon’s last score gave Oak Grove a 34-26 lead with 5:51 remaining.

Austin Latshaw scored the other Oak Grove touchdown on a 42-yard pass from Jonathan Latshaw.

Excelsior Springs (0-5, 0-3) forced the overtime on Derek Pugh’s 11-yard run with 3:48 remaining. Jesse Brown passed to Trevor Douglas for a game-tying two-point conversion.