Olathe deals BHS a rare home defeat
Written by: Joel Priest
Prior to Olathe's visit, only a state championship-caliber team had managed to last deal Bayfield a defeat inside Wolverine Country Stadium.
Impressively, that occurred five years and eight days ago, courtesy the Class 4A Aztec Tigers.
Unfortunately the Olathe Pirates' one-point, come-from-behind win last Friday put 2013 postseason hopes in jeopardy; only a victory tonight, mixed with a fair amount of statewide aid, might earn Bayfield a berth back into the bracket so close to being conquered last year.
Having fought to forge a 7-7 tie through two quarters with OHS, the Wolverines broke loose behind sophomore Zane Phelps' running to lead 20-14 entering the finalizing fourth. He totaled 87 yards on 18 attempts and scored two touchdowns.
Olathe workhorse Trenton Jole rushed for two touchdowns as well, but his ways and means of amassing a 27-for-237 (8.8 ypc) stat line proved devastating to BHS' defense, which surrendered a winning 20-yard sprint to quarterback Mitchell Carlson instead.
Seventy-five seconds still showed on the Wolverine Country Stadium scoreboard in which Gary Heide's side could counter, but even a field-goal possibility was not to be achieved and the Western Conference clash ended OHS 21, BHS 20.
Bayfield QB Kelton McCoy gained 39 yards on nine carries and Anthony Chamblee 39 on 12, but McCoy was held to just 3-of-11 passing, with a touchdown to Taed Heydinger, however, for 36.
Defensive back Clay Crawford (2-2 PAT kicks) led the Wolverines with 11 tackles, while Zane Westbrook and Brady Fields each were in on seven. Colter McMenimen totaled six and Cash Snooks five.
NOTES: Referenced earlier in this article, the Wolverines will begin play tonight 18th in the 2A Wild-Card Points Standingsâ€”2.125 behind Western member Aspen, and an even three back of Fort Lupton, currently holding down the 16th and final transfer spot into the State Playoffs.
AHS (5-3, 4-2) hosts Basalt (2-6, 2-4; 29th in w-c pts.) tonight at 7, while FLHS (5-3, 3-3 Patriot) will be hosting top-ranked, w-c points leaders Brush (7-0, 5-0 Patriot). 15th in w-c pointsâ€”3.125 up on Bayfieldâ€”Trinidad (4-4, 4-2 Tri-Peaks) heads to fifth-ranked Florence (6-2, 5-1 Tri-Peaks; 7th in w-c pts.).