By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
The Schlagle Stallions' offense couldn't break through a solid Shawnee Heights defense in the Stallions' home opener Friday night.
Shawnee defeated Schlagle 21-0 in a game that was dominated by the defenses.
The Stallions offense, after wracking up over 300 yards last week against Topeka West, failed to gain a first down until the fourth quarter. However, the Stallions defense wasn't too bad either, leaving Stallions fans with some hope entering the fourth quarter.
A four-yard touchdown from Nicholas Meck by Shawnee Heights at the 8:16 mark of the second quarter was the first score of the game.
The Stallions held Shawnee Heights on downs three times in the first half. Late in the second quarter, a 23-yard field goal attempt by Heights was blocked by a Stallion defender.
But moments later, a key play would end up putting Schlagle in a deeper hole.
Schlagle turned the ball over on a fumble deep in their own territory. This time, Shawnee Heights would take advantage and score. The touchdown five plays later turned out to be more than enough, as Shawnee Heights entered halftime with a 21-0 lead.
While the offense did not do much until the fourth quarter, the Schlagle defense played tough all night.
Cornerback De'Ante Ambler made some terrific open field tackles and had a few pass deflections that saved long gains through the air for Shawnee Heights.
Trevon Wallace also made some great tackles for the Stallions, proving his ability to be one of the best defenders in the metro area.
Still, the defensive effort was not enough for Schlagle, as the Stallions failed to establish any sort of offensive rhythm.
There was a pulse for the Stallions mid-way through the fourth quarter after D.J. Sayles connected on a 20-yard pass to J'veyon Browning.
Browning took the ball inside the Shawnee Heights 30-yard-line, but Shawnee Heights turned Schlagle over on downs to end the drive.
Schlagle drops to 1-1 on the season.