Dawson Wright not only caught a 33 yard touchdown pass from Jadon Henry for the North Callaway varsity football team at Tipton last Friday at 5:16 of the third quarter, but prior to that at 8:36 of the second the wider receiver returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score to help his team win 35-12. Wright was also 3-for-4 on extra points while Henry completed 3-of-7 passes for 71 yards.
Dakota Brush had quite a night on the ground for the Thunderbird's, as well, rushing for 76 yards on 14 carries, a performance highlighted at 9:10 of the third with an 18-yard scoring sprint. But, once again the offense revolved around Jordan Dellashmut, and that process truly started paying off at 3:01 of the first with a 14-yard touchdown burst. The senior reached the endzone again on a five-yard blast at :47 to end up with 14 carries for 63 yards and two scores.
Dellashmutt also charted eight tackles and one interception.
"It was a good win, but we still have a lot to improve on," said coach Kevin O'Neal. "We start to freshman cornerbacks and they did a good job. Jordan did a great job leading the team."
For the game North Callaway racked up 181 rushing yards and 71 passing yards for a total of 252. What Tipton, 1-1 overall, was able to counter with was an aerial attack that connected on 21-of-42 pass attempts for 323 yards. The ground game didn't go quite so far, though, rushing for negative four yards on 21 carries.
The Thunderbirds, 2-0 overall, 0-0 Eastern Missouri Conference, are slated to play Clopton/Elsberry, 1-1 overall, 0-1 EMO, Friday, and that had not been redscheduled by the time we went to press.
Raelle Schmauch went 1-for-2 at Rock Bridge on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Ladybird's from getting mercied 11-0 in five innings. Ellie Eckert also made her way onto the hit list at 1-for-3 and Kenzie Ausfahl went 1-for-2. As for the other side of things, Hayley KImbley got the start and allowed seven runs, six earned on seven hits in 1.3 innings. Ausfahl then was in the circle for the final 2.6 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits with one strikeout.
For Rock Bridge pitcher Ella Schouten got the complete game when and also went 3-for-3 with a pir of doubles, four RBI and three runs. The JV was defeated 6-2, as well.
In Eastern Missouri Conference action at home on Tuesday North Callaway broke open a scoreless tie with Wright City, 2-3 overall, 1-2 EMO, by scoring two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to win 4-0. Going 1-for-3 with a triple, one RBI and a run each were Makayla Pennell and Eckert, Schmauch went 2-for-3 with a run and Aushfahl not only had two hits, two steals, an RBI and one run, but sshe also allowed just one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts to earn the complete-game win.
"We won the game because of small ball. A lot of line drives," said coach Mariah McKee. "Ausfahl threw another excellent game. this was an excellent league victory."
The Ladybird's JV lost 3-2.
North Callaway, 2-1 overall, 2-0 EMO, next played at Wellsville-Middletown on Thursday and then hosts Clopton Tuesday.
On Tuesday against Wright City Cody Cash ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns as North Callaway won 44-8.