Schlagle holds early lead but falls to Atchison 51-22

Senior receiver Gedeon Ngenzirabona caught a pass near the end zone that he ran in for a touchdown. Ngenzirabona had two touchdown receptions in Schlagle’s 51-22 home loss to Atchison. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Schlagle got in a few blows, but was eventually overwhelmed 51-22 by the Atchison Phoenix Friday night at F.L. Schlagle Stadium. Schlagle senior Gedeon Ngenzirabona made the highlight reel with two touchdown catches and multiple tackles on defense and special teams.

Schlagle scored on the first play from scrimmage on a reverse that Kameron Daboe took up the left sideline for 75 yards.

On the following drive, Schlagle made a goal-line stand against the Phoenix, with Elonnie Fishback breaking up a fourth down Atchison pass to the end zone. The Stallions got the ball back at their own 6-yard line, but quarterback Kahliek Rainey was tackled in the end zone for an Atchison safety.

Atchison took a 9-6 lead later in the quarter on a 4-yard run from Jesse Greenly, following his own 25-yard run that set up the score. Greenly’s powerful running was a challenge for Schlagle all night, and the Atchison junior reliably picked up yards after contact on each run.

Schlagle took another short-lived lead in the second quarter on a 69-yard pass from Rainey to Ngenzirabona. The senior receiver got past Atchison’s secondary on the left boundary and won the footrace to the goal line. Rainey ran in the 2-point conversion to give the home team a 14-9 lead.

The celebration quickly quieted when Atchison’s Dameon Owens slipped two tackles on the kickoff and headed to the end zone.

Atchison scored again late in the second quarter to give the Phoenix a 23-14 halftime lead.

The third quarter belonged entirely to the visitors, who scored four unanswered touchdowns to put the game out of reach at 51-14. The Schlagle offense got little traction, with Rainey often running for his life behind the line.

With the clock running late in the fourth quarter, Rainey connected again with Ngenzirabona from 25 yards out. The Schlagle receiver was tackled near the goal line but dived to slip the ball just across the pylon for the touchdown. A 2-point pass conversion sealed the final score.

Schlagle remains winless in a rebuilding year for the program. The Stallions will wrap up their season at home next Friday against Wyandotte starting at 7 p.m.

Junior receiver Kameron Daboe took a reverse up the left sideline for a 75-yard touchdown. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Junior free safety Elonnie Fishback knocked Atchison junior running back Sean Noll out of bounds. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Junior quarterback Kahliek Rainey ran in a two-point conversion. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Junior free safety Elonnie Fishback brought down Atchison sophomore Trey Carter short of the goal line. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
The Schlagle Marching Stallions performed at halftime. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
The Schlagle Sparkle dance team performed with the Marching Stallions. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Junior receiver Elonnie Fishback ran the ball around the left end. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Junior quarterback Kahliek Rainey threw a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)
Atchison junior running back Jesse Greenly powered forward on a running play. (Photo copyright 2021 by Brian Turrel)

Schlagle girls advance to sub-state final, defeat Pittsburg

Ishante Suttington took a short jump shot in the lane. Suttington finished with 23 points in the game. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
 

by Brian Turrel

The Schlagle girls basketball team earned their way to the next round of the KSHSAA 5A playoffs with a 68-50 victory over the Pittsburg Lady Dragons on Wednesday night.

Schlagle built a big lead early, with accurate three-point shooting from Ishante Suttington and Camille Evans. The Stallions held a 22-11 advantage after the first quarter.

The scoring pace let up from the second quarter on, but Schlagle kept and built on their margin with defense, anticipating the Dragons’ passing lanes and intercepting the ball. The Lady Stallions allowed only 7 points in the third quarter.

The Stallions held a 22-point lead going into the fourth quarter before the defense let go its stranglehold on the Pittsburg offense.

Suttington hit 3 of 5 three-pointers and led the scoring with 23 points. Evans scored 12, including 2 of 4 three-pointers. DeJanae Brown and Tylieea Wallace both contributed 10.

Schlagle now holds a 15-6 record for the season. The Stallions will play at Basehor-Linwood for the sub-state championship on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Other local playoff action:

6A: Harmon boys defeated Gardner-Edgerton 66-56. They’ll play Blue Valley on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Wyandotte boys lost to Olathe South 85-67.
5A: Washington girls lost to Topeka-Seaman 73-19.
Sumner girls lost to Shawnee Heights 64-58.
Bonner Springs girls lost to Lansing 59-29.
4A: Piper boys defeated Atchison 93-48. They’ll play host to Iola on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Camille Evans went up with a finger roll. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
Ishante Suttington drove to the basket against the Pittsburg defense. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
DeJanae Brown secured an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
The Schlagle Marching Stallions gave the game a fun atmosphere. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
DeJanae Brown put up a layup. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
Tylieea Wallace faced down the defense of Pittsburg’s Ela Hendrickson. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
Destyni Kennedy defended against Pittsburg’s Beauty Simmons. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
Camille Evans was fouled as she drove in for a layup. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)
Tylieea Wallace put up a short jumper in the lane. (Photo copyright 2020 by Brian Turrel)