The Minneola Wildcats improved to 3-1 Friday with a decisive home win against the Spearville Lancers. The Lancers moved to 1-3 on the year after the 64-18 loss that was decided by the 45-point mercy rule in the third quarter.
    The Wildcats built a 20-point lead in the first quarter Friday on three Ethan Ediger touchdowns. The Minneola junior ran two in (one from 35 yards out) and threw the other to Jeremiah Nicholson as the quarter wound down.
    "They would give it to their big fullback (senior Clinton Schriner) up the middle and counter it with bootlegs around the outside," said Spearville Lancer coach Kelly Lampe. "We got sucked in on the inside runs and they'd go outside for big gains. They were just too big and too strong."
    Lampe's Lancers played competitively in the second quarter, though. Both teams scored twice in the quarter.
    Spearville rallied on two Ryon King touchdown passes before Minneola put any on the board in the second frame. King hit junior receiver Carson Konrade from 48 yards out to open the quarter and freshman Willie Cauley with eight minutes to play in the half as well.
    But Minneola's hot offense came back with two scores of their own before halftime to make the score 34-12 at the halftime whistle.
    Usually the team that is down at the half tries to adjust to get back into the game, but whatever Minneola coach Curtis Albin said to his Wildcats in the locker room worked, because his team came out and put a 30-spot up on the Lancers in the third frame to seal the win.
    Schriner ran in from 33 yards after just a minute and a half had ticked down from the third period clock. But on the ensuing kickoff, Spearville senior return man Isaac Aberson ran all the way to the house to keep his team in the game for the moment.
    A 13-yard Kameron Ptacek touchdown scamper, another Ediger touchdown pass to Tate Miller, an Austin Lahman safety tackle and a 50-yard Colbie Penick touchdown run ended any chance of the Lancers getting back in the game.
    Lampe said that his team fought hard, but would need to re-evaluate where they are as a football team after what ended up being a lopsided loss at Minneola.
    "We have a long way to go on technique and fundamentals," Lampe said. "We need to quit putting so much pressure on ourselves and start playing from within, and just do the best we can."
    Ediger ended the night with over 100 yard through the air and on the ground for the Wildcats. He accounted for five of the Wildcat touchdowns. The Lancers will face Pratt-Skyline next week at home while the Wildcats travel to Montezuma for a date with the Runnin' Rebels.
    Both games are slated to kick off at 7 p.m.