Cardinals hand Trinity first loss
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When Conway Springs junior Travis Wood limped off the field early in the first quarter Friday night at Trinity Academy it might have been a concern.
Then again, this is Conway Springs, which has ridiculous depth at running back.
Woods teammates drove the Cardinals down to the 10, and on fourth and 4 from the Trinity 10, Wood scored on a 10-yard run for the games first score to cap a 14-play, 80-yard drive.
It was the first of three touchdowns for Wood as Conway Springs improved to 5-0 with a 34-14 win over Trinity. Conway Springs Dakota Finstad added two touchdowns.
Wood had 199 yards on 27 carries, while Finstad had 184 on 17 carries.
They do a good job, its one of those things we talk to them about needing them for every down, Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler said. If they can go and not hurt the team, then they go out there.
It should have been a battle of some of the Wichita areas top running backs, but Trinity junior Tyler Burns, who had 926 rushing yards after the seasons first four games, suffered an ankle injury on his first carry.
After Burns took his first carry 13 yards up the right side of the field on Trinitys second play, he missed the rest of the first half. He returned in the second half and had a 47-yard touchdown run on his second carry.
In the first half, though, Trinity had to turn to the pass and turned the ball over on downs at the Conway Springs 26.
Conway Springs has the ability with its run game to either score quickly or run the clock down with time-sucking drives. So after Trinitys first possession ended, Conway Springs drove 74 yards on eight plays, capped by Finstads 48-yard run.
Again, Trinity counted on the pass to drive down the field, but a fourth and 8 play in Conway Springs territory ended with an interception by Conway Springs Alec Brozovich.
Trinity quarterback Matt Jones finished 17-of-26 passing for 158 yards. He scored on a 1-yard run with 2:37 remaining in the game.
You have to prepare a lot for him, Biehler said of Burns. I think they have a very good offense. They throw the ball well. He really runs the offense well. I dont think he gets the credit he deserves. They still moved the ball without (Burns). But when he came back in, he brings another dimension, and hes hard to bring down.
The Cardinals could run Finstad and Wood around the ends, or up the middle. Luke Fisher could bull his way over Trinity players. Brozovich was hidden behind Logan Creek, a quick lineman blocking his way upfield.
Its a nice thing to have, Biehler said of Conway Springs offense. Coach Brent Martens does a good job of getting things going up there and believing in what hes going to run. A couple times they had us pinned inside the 10, inside the 20. Sometimes we dont get points, but we try and drive and keep it out of the other teams hands.
Still, Trinity only trailed 13-0 at the half, but Wood finished an eight-play drive with a 14-yard scoring run midway through the third. Less than two minutes later, Burns broke free up the left sideline, outracing the defense to the end zone on a 47-yard touchdown run.
The Cardinals answered with back-to-back touchdown runs by Finstad and Wood.
CSWood 10 run (missed kick)
CSFinstad 48 run (Davis kick)
CSWood 14 run (Kreifels run)
TBurns 47 run (Mosley kick)
CSFinstad 14 run (Davis kick)
CSWood 18 run (miss kick)
TJones 1 run (Mosley kick)
Rushing Conway Springs, Finstad 17-184, Wood 27-199, Stanley 3-13, Fisher 5-25, Brozovich 3-45, Huff 1-14. Trinity, Burns 12-118, Jones 14-23, Osborne 1-0, Johnson 1-(-2).
Passing Trinity, Jones 17-26-158-1.
Receiving Trinity, Harkness 2-48, Burns 2-7, Loon 1-34, Floyd 1-3, Osborne 5-33, Kuntz 3-12, Johnson 3-22.