Piper running back La’James White scored five touchdowns in a runaway 57-6 home victory over the Baldwin Bulldogs on Friday evening.
White picked up two rushing touchdowns, including a 76-yarder. He also collected three scores through the air from quarterback Karson Schaunaman. White primarily used his speed to outrace Baldwin’s defense around the ends.
Schaunaman connected with receivers Camaro Scott and Jack Robinson for two more touchdowns. Running back Brandon Snell rounded out the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run.
Piper’s defense was just as dominant as the offense, forcing fumbles on consecutive possessions in the first half and quickly turning the game into a rout.
Junior linebacker Branden Martin led the defense with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Freshman defensive back Mehiki Frazier had an interception in the first half.
The Pirates have started the season with two dominating wins. They’ll face off with Atchison next Friday in Piper’s homecoming game. A major challenge will come in three weeks when they play the Tonganoxie Chieftains (also 2-0) on the road.
Washington High School opened the new football season with a 40-14 victory over Atchison, its first defeat of Atchison since 2013.
The Wildcats’ defense dominated the contest, preventing the Redmen from mounting an aerial attack, and bottling up the inside run. The pass defense issued an early warning when defensive back Tywan Muturi picked off an Atchison pass and ran it back for the game’s first score.
On offense, Washington platooned its two quarterbacks, getting productive play from each.
Senior quarterback Thomas Anderson mostly stuck to the ground game, collecting two fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns as well as running in the two-point conversions after each of his scores.
Junior Cory Macon preferred to roll out and throw deep. He completed a touchdown throw to MarKeith Grayson in the fourth quarter.
Muestafa Conway and Jason Black each picked up a rushing touchdown, in the first and third quarters.
Washington will play next Friday at Harmon, starting at 7 p.m. The Hawks snapped their 35-game losing streak at Turner on Friday night.