Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Demming's Two Tds Lift Wentzville (3-0)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Demming's Two Tds Lift Wentzville (3-0)

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The Wentzville High football team controlled the middle of the ballgame Friday, beating host Fort Zumwalt South 26-18.

Wentzville is 3-0 overall and 2-0 atop the Gateway Athletic Conference. South fell to 1-2 and 1-1.

South's Duane Vardiman, who rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries, opened the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The point-after kick failed.

Wentzville pulled even in the second quarter, getting a 4-yard scoring run from senior Keith Crumes. A 1-yard scoring run by fullback Leonard Demming gave Wentzville a 12-6 halftime advantage.

Demming, a junior, added a 31-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Wentzville's lead grew to 26-6 when Jason O'Neel scored on a 21-yard run in the fourth quarter.

South finished strong, getting a 15-yard scoring run from Vardiman and a 36-yard scoring pass from Jay Whitehead to Tim McMahon in the fourth quarter.

***** Francis Howell North 32, Fort Zumwalt North 14

Tom McFarland, Howell North's dynamite senior, literally did it all Friday.

McFarland had a 1-yard scoring run, threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Terry Hall, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Brad Hutchins and returned a kickoff 50 yards for yet another touchdown.

Howell North, the defending GAC champion, improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the GAC. Zumwalt North fell to 0-3 and 0-2.

Howell North's other touchdown came on a 55-yard interception return by Aaron Keller. The Knights led 26-0 at that point.

Zumwalt North scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter, on a 37-yard pass from Tom Fetsch to Mike Kirks and a 26-yard pass from Fetsch to Joe Mozee.

***** Orchard Farm 12, Maplewood 6

"It was pretty hairy at times, but we'll take it," Eagles coach Jim Cook said. "Offensively, we did what we had to do. But our defense really played a great game. It was the best all-around defensive effort we've had in a long, long time."

The Eagles (2-1) won on a fluke play as Donnie Boschert scooped up a Mike Schaub fumble and carried it the final 5 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

"Mike felt bad about it, but the only reason he fumbled was because he was working hard and driving for more yardage; I'll never complain about an effort like that," Cook said. …

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