By NICK SCHWIENSpecial to The TelegramHAYS — Sometimes progress can’t be measured in wins and losses.So was the case Friday night for the Thomas More Prep-Marian football team.It would be easy to look at the lopsided 55-15 setback state power Scott City handed the Monarchs and think there were no bright spots.The Monarchs showed some of that progress on their second drive of the game in Friday’s Mid-State Activities Association clash. After Scott City (6-0 overall, 4-0 MSAA) scored to make it 7-0, TMP-Marian marched 80 yards in nine plays to knot the score at 7-7.Senior Andrew Allen sparked the drive, rumbling for 38 yards on a toss play on third-and-6 on the third play of the drive.On the next play, sophomore quarterback Nick Hammeke hit senior Andrew Heimann for a 25-yard gain down to the Beaver 13. Five plays later, Allen scored from a yard out, then added the PAT to tie the game with 5:47 to play in the first quarter.“Our defense was just not ready then,” said Scott City senior Alex Swan. “We weren’t playing as well as we should have been there. That’s not what we wanted to happen at all.”But Scott City, ranked fourth in Class 3A in the latest statewide media poll, answered right back with a six-play drive — capped by Swan’s 6-yard TD run to make it 14-7 with 4:21 to play in the quarter.TMP-Marian (1-5, 0-4) was forced to punt on its next possession — one of eight punts in the game for the Monarchs — after running six plays.Then the Beavers stepped up the pressure defensively, and TMP-Marian couldn’t muster anything against a staunch Scott City defense.The Monarchs were forced into seven straight three-and-outs through the second and third quarters. Meanwhile, Scott City scored twice in the second quarter to lead 28-7 at halftime, then tacked on four more TDs in the third quarter while holding the Monarchs to a minus-3 yards of total offense in the two quarters.Scott City scored 21 of its 27 points in the third quarter in a little more than four minutes — including a 35-yard interception return for a TD by junior A.J. Kough.“Every night we try to come out and make a statement and start strong,” said Swan, who ran for 102 yards on 12 carries and scored four TDs. “We came out slow and didn’t start clicking until the second half. Then we started playing Scott City football.”The victory gave the Beavers the outright title in the MSAA in the league’s last year of existence.“They’re a quality team,” Flax said. “They’re a well-seasoned team, and they’re disciplined. They don’t have any weaknesses anywhere it seems.”Scott City rolled up 473 yards of total offense compared to 167 by the Monarchs and had 26 first downs — 17 more than TMP-Marian.——————Score by QuartersScott City (6-0, 4-0) 14 14 27 0 — 55
TMP (1-5 0-4) 7 0 0 8 — 15———Scott City-TMP Stats Scott City TMPFirst downs 26 9Rushes-yards 59-366 31-100Passing 5-8-0 7-18-1Passing yards 107 67Total plays-yards 67-473 49-167Punts-avg. 0-0 8-27.0Penalties-yds 2-10 1-5Fumbles-lost 3-1 4-1———Scoring summaryFirst quarterScott City — Swan 10 run (Habiger kick).TMP — Allen 1 run (Allen kick).Scott City — Swan 6 run (Habiger kick).Second quarterScott City — Baker 1 run (Habiger kick).Scott City — Swan 1 run (Habiger kick).Third quarterScott City — Williams 1 run (Habiger kick).Scott City — Swan 41 run (Habiger kick).Scott City — A.J. Kough 35 interception return (Habiger kick).Scott City — A.J. Kough 2 run (kick failed).Fourth quarterTMP — VonLintel 23 pass from Hammeke (Brull run).———Individual statisticsRushingScott City — Swan 12-102, Williams 12-98, A.J. Kough 5-39, Hess 2-29, Alex Kough 3-18, O’Neil 1-18, Baker 5-14, Kite 3-14, Couchman 4-8, Buehler 5-7, Wells 2-6, Roemer 1-4, Smith 1-3, Noll 1-3, Anliker 1-2, Rios 1-1.TMP — Allen 10-51, Brull 3-15, Zimmerman 6-13, Schumacher 3-10, Lang 3-6, Hammeke 4-5, Roth 1-1, Heimann 1-(minus 1).PassingScott City — Baker 5-7-0, 107 yards; O’Neil 0-1-0, 0 yards.TMP — Hammeke 7-18-1, 67 yards.ReceivingScott City — Hayes 2-52, Funk 1-34, Strube 1-14, Swan 1-7.TMP — VonLintel 2-28, Heimann 2-27, Allen 1-6, Fouts 1-5, Zimmerman 1-1.