Varsity Kansas

Inside The Game: Garden Plain 47, Trinity 7

By Taylor Eldridge

To be honest, this game was pretty simple.

Garden Plain ran the same play out of the three-back set for the entire game. Literally, the same play. But here’s how well it works: 57 runs for 382 yards and six touchdowns. Not bad, eh?

Trinity was actually in this game and I would say they made Garden Plain work for everything it got in the first half. The Knights opened up the game with a nice 10-play drive, picking up three first downs. But a 5-yard loss on second down made it third-and-long for Trinity and it had to pass. That’s when it ran into trouble, when it had to pass. So Garden Plain took over and responded with a 17-play drive of its own featuring 16 runs to score right as the second quarter opened.

Here’s when the game changed. Trinity quarterback Toby Kriwiel faked a handoff to Morgan Burns and took it right up the middle for 54 yards into Garden Plain territory. Trinity had finally got some momentum back, then the next play Kriwiel did a play-action and was pressured into throwing an interception. But the Knights didn’t crumble, they forced the Owls to turn the ball over on downs the next drive and got the ball back in the GP 40.

But four plays later, Trinity turned the ball over. On fourth down, they set up a nice wide receiver screen but it was bobbled and dropped. It might have gone for a first. But anyways, from there it was all Garden Plain.

Besides two drives ending with the halves, Garden Plain scored touchdowns on its other six drives. Here’s how the 382 yards were split up among the Owls’ backs: Seth Klausmeyer (144), Daniel Youngers (83), Sage Thimmesch (42), Kurt Pauly (39), Joey Capul (34), Eric Kerschen (14), Thomas Bugner (13) and Blake Withrow (13). Garden Plain rolled up 29 first downs and took off more than 28 minutes of the clock.

If you were wondering, Trinity’s Morgan Burns was a non-factor when the game was close. He tried to break most of his runs to the outside, but was bottled up by Garden Plain’s team speed. He only could manage 17 yards on 7 first half carries. Oddly enough, his 64-yard touchdown run came on a run right up the middle in the third quarter. He had 10 runs go for 3-or-less yards.

Not much to add on this one, so I’ll just let the stats do the talking.

WICHITA TRINITY1st2ndTotal

First Downs448

Turnovers202

3rd Downs3-72-55-12

4th Downs0-10-10-2

Time Of Possession10:149:3119:45

Penalties325

Yards152035

1st2ndTotal

Rushes151328

Rushing Yards8798185

Passes8614

Passing Yards8816

Total Plays231942

Total Yards95106201

GARDEN PLAIN1st2ndTotal

First Downs151429

Turnovers000

3rd Downs4-73-47-11

4th Downs2-31-13-4

Time Of Possession13:4614:2928:15

Penalties527

Yards402060

1st2ndTotal

Rushes292857

Rushing Yards201181382

Passes8311

Passing Yards2576101

Total Plays373168

Total Yards226257483

WICHITA TRINITY

STARTQTRYDLPLYSYDSRESULT

12:00110T1029PUNT

11:41226T254INTERCEPTION

9:54240G45TURNOVER ON DOWNS

6:30219T311LOST FUMBLE

1:31218T31PUNT

9:44334T33PUNT

7:03334T266TOUCHDOWN

2:41335T611PUNT

5:23445T721TURNOVER ON DOWNS

GARDEN PLAIN

STARTQTRYDLPLYSYDSRESULT

6:25130G1770TOUCHDOWN

10:54237G43TURNOVER ON DOWNS

8:23235G665TOUCHDOWN

5:03236T736TOUCHDOWN

0:37240T427END OF HALF

12:00347T647TOUCHDOWN

7:14324G176TOUCHDOWN

6:00345T845TOUCHDOWN

0:32319G1481TOUCHDOWN

1:34434G39END OF HALF

WICHITA TRINITY1st2ndTotal

First Downs448

Turnovers202

3rd Downs3-72-53-7

4th Downs0-10-10-1

Time Of Possession10:149:3119:45

Penalties325

Yards152035

1st2ndTotal

Rushes151328

Rushing Yards8798185

Passes8614

Passing Yards8816

Total Plays231942

Total Yards95106201

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