CONCORDIA — The Sweet Springs Greyhounds got their first taste of live football under first year head coach Kris Conley at Friday’s four-team jamboree.
Each team got 12 offensive plays, and the Greyhounds kicked things off by outscoring the host school 6-0. The teams didn’t kick extra points, field goals or line up for a two-point conversion.
Seniors Trevor Phillips and Austin Boland each ran for a first down on the first drive of the night, which led to a touchdown run for senior quarterback Andrew Krause.
Both defenses held strong after that. Sweet Springs forced a three and out, allowed one first down and got an interception from junior Austin Knitmeir.
“Defensively for the most part I felt like we got to the football pretty well,” Conley said.
The Greyhounds struggled against the St. Paul Lutheran Saints, which scored two touchdowns and allowed none.
The Saints converted a fourth down play and ran in for a score on their first drive. On the second drive, the Saints’ running back broke several tackles on his way to a 35-yard score.
“We made some plays, but we made a few mistakes,” Conley said. “As a coach you are always looking to improve.”
The Greyhounds had three drives, but only managed a three and out, a fumble and a first down run from junior Rhett Snider on the team’s final play.
The Greyhounds finished off the night with several big plays against the Santa Fe Chiefs.
Santa Fe drove down for a score to start the scrimmage, but the Greyhounds stopped them from scoring again and followed it up with three touchdowns of their own.
Snider caught a 26-yard pass that led to his nine-yard scamper to the end zone.
Boland ran in for his own score from about 20 yards out and Phillips connected with junior Mario Percell for a 35-yard touchdown to outscore the Chiefs 18-6.
“We just came out here to work our offense, make some plays and have a little fun,” Conley said.
Sweet Springs opens the regular season next week at Windsor.