Fireworks were everywhere.

Literally.

Two of the state’s top-ranked 8-man teams squared off tonight and provided a first half offensive explosion. At half-time, the Ness City marching band provided a great half-time show, which was accompanied by fireworks. South Gray provided all the offense in the second half as they won going away 72-40.


Fireworks were everywhere.
     Literally.
     Two of the state’s top-ranked 8-man teams squared off tonight and provided a first half offensive explosion. At half-time, the Ness City marching band provided a great half-time show, which was accompanied by fireworks. South Gray provided all the offense in the second half as they won going away 72-40.
     Ness City started the scoring after being aided a pass play on 3rd and long down to the South Gray 15. Garrett Flax then found the end zone two plays on a 7-yard run. Ness City was up 6-0 after the failed PAT.
     It didn’t take South Gray long to even things up on a 65-yard run by Wyatt Slaven. Luis Gallegos made two very good blocks on the same play to free the sideline for Slaven. The PAT failed and the score was knotted at six.
     The first turnover of the game came as Gray’s Carson Skidmore recovered a fumbled kick-off by Ness. Coulter Croft took it from there as he went 38 yards to put Gray up 12 to 6 after a failed PAT.
     Ness’s Koltyn Ratliff found Will Frusher on a 25-yard pass and then found Gantz to take a 14-12 lead.
     South Gray went up on a Slaven 10-yard run and then found Colter Croft for the conversion and a 20-12 lead.
     Both teams traded scores on their next two possessions. Ness’s Gantz went 38 yards. South Gray’s Croft went 58 yards. Ness’s Ratliff had a 28-yard pass to Drew Clarke. South Gray’s Slaven went 17 yards to end a wild first half and South Gray leading 34-28.
     It was all South Gray after the break. Croft scored on runs of 71 and 40, while Slaven added runsfrom 1, 39, and 37 as South Gray made a close game into a blowout.
     South Gray will play to host to Minneola next week in the last game of the regular season for both clubs.