Line paves way in Olathe’s win over Cedaredge
OLATHE — For the Olathe High School football team, offensive success was simple in Friday’s 31-7 win at home against Cedaredge.
All the backs had to do was follow the linemen.
“Our line did a great job tonight firing off, they made huge holes and we came after it,” senior running back Willy Corey said.
The result was numerous big plays by the Pirates. The offense finished with 417 total yards, 327 rushing.
“Other than some penalties, some mistakes that way, I thought we moved the ball real well, had great ball security, and that’s the one thing we’ve been lacking lately,” Olathe coach Ryan Corn said. “When we take care of the ball we’re a pretty good team.”
Throughout the game, Olathe pounded the ball with a tough running game and consistently found plays for long yardage.
On the opening drive, the Pirates drove 64 yards, capped by an 12-yard option from quarterback Ben Kaylor, who ran to the right side, drew defenders and pitched to Corey, who ran in for the score. A kick by Kaylor made it 7-0.
After a turnover on downs by Cedaredge, the Pirates opened the next drive with a 57-yard run by Rio Green, who took the ball to the Bruins’ 14-yard line.
Four plays later, Kaylor hit a 30-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
Cedaredge scored its only touchdown in the second quarter on an 80-yard drive, which included a 26-yard run by Peter Williamson.
The Pirates started the next drive from their own 34. A 55-yard run by Cole Grett moved the ball into the red zone. Olathe scored on a 2-yard run by Kaylor. The extra point made it 17-0.
Olathe nearly scored again in the final 30 seconds of the half on a 23 yard pass from Kaylor to Taylor Carlson. The pass was called back on a holding penalty.
“It’s a holding call, that’s the way it goes,” Corn said. “It’s football, you can’t control everything, but we still felt like it was a good play.”
Olathe didn’t score again until just over a minute left in the third quarter when Wiley, who started at the 30-yard line, broke free shortly after the line of scrimmage and took it in for a touchdown.
Ronnie Mumm scored the Pirates’ final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard run.
Olathe limited Cedaredge offensively, stuffing the run at the line.
When the Bruins tried passing, quarterback Drew Beach had plenty of time in the pocket but his receivers were stopped by physical play from Olathe’s secondary.
“They go around and they play physical ball,” Corn said. “When you play a corner and they play physical ball, especially at the high school level, you can do some great things.”