Clinching conference share

Special to the DemocratOctober 3, 2013 

Midway guaranteed a spot in their quest for Western Missouri Conference championship with a 40-0 victory over conference rivals Drexel Sept. 27 at Midway.

“This win tonight assures us a share in the WEMO conference,” Midway head coach Larry Burchett said.

Every WEMO team has been defeated at least once, except for the undefeated Vikings.

The Vikings first points in the game came on a 72-yard touchdown run by Peyton Semsch with 8:39 minutes in the first quarter.. And with a successful extra point attempt, also by Semsch, it made the score 7-0.

A little more than a minute later, a pass by Drexel quarterback Javyn Johnston was picked off by Midway’s Zeb Love for a 27-yard touchdown return. On a roll, the Vikings scored once more in the first quarter when Semsch found Bobby Zielinski for a 50-yard touchdown pass. Midway had a 21-0 lead at halftime.

“I thought we were a little flat in the second quarter, but overall we played well against a worthy opponent,” Burchett said.

Midway started another scoring frenzy in the third quarter as Zielinski scored on a 4-yard run at the 8:08 minute mark. Tanner Yahnig scored next on a 15-yard pass completion from Semsch, making the score 33-0 with 2:46 remaining.

The Vikings scored once more as Semsch ran 64 yards into the end zone with 11:33 left in the fourth quarter.

“Once the storm settled we found out we could compete, which will bode well for future games against quality opponents,” Drexel head coach Steve Cozad said. “Now we know if we show up from the beginning that we have the defense to stop people. We just have to avoid the early mistakes and play all four quarters. Despite the final score, I think we grew up a ton against Midway.”

Midway’s Semsch completed six of eight pass attempts for 137 yards, ran in two touchdowns with 10 carries for 177 yards and completed four of six extra point attempts. Zielinski had three catches for 84 yards.

Joey Beller led in tackles with six followed by Jake Lambertz, Love and Yahnig each with three. Kobe Burchett and Beller both had fumble recoveries and Love had one interception.

Drexel’s Johnston completed four of 10 passes for 72 yards with two interceptions. Tyler Allen had 16 carries for 37 yards.

Josh Wheeler and Layne Irvin both had five total tackles and Hunter Lindsey and Bradley Moles had six tackles each. Kyle Jones had one fumble recovery.

Midway, 5-0, travels to non-conference opponents Christ Prep Academy at 1 p.m. Saturday, while Drexel, 3-2, takes on conference foes Rich Hill at 7 p.m. tonight.

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