Belle Plaine too much for Bluestem

Charles Chaney
Blusetem's Landon Walden (9) is tackled by Belle Plains' Brycent Ashley in the second quarter on Monday, Oct. 5 in Belle Plaine, Kansas.

BELLE PLAINE, KANSAS The Belle Plaine Dragons used four touchdowns within the first five minutes of the game to beat the Bluestem Lions on a rare Monday night game, 62-0.

The game was moved due to injuries and to allow players to regain some strength in their numbers heading into the back half of the season and by the game’s end, Bluestem only had 16 players available.

Belle Plaine’s Brecken McGinnis started out the scoring 58 seconds into the game with a 30-yard gallop that saw him split to the right side, back up the middle and then dart to the right pylon for the game’s first score.

The Dragons (2-3) blocked the Bluestem punt on the ensuing drive and used two plays to put it in the end zone for the 14-0 lead with 8:05 remaining in the first quarter.

They would recover a pooch kick off on the very next play, setting up their ability to score once more. This time it was Caleb Steele, who split the defense up the middle for the 40-yard touchdown run.

McGinnis would get his second touchdown of the night, this time on the defensive side of the ball, when he would intercept Logan Walden’s pass and return it 44 yards for the touchdown.

After a failed fourth down attempt by Bluestem, it was Wiseman scoring once more. This time a 42-yard run on teh left side of the defense made it 35-0.

Steele would get two more touchdowns in the game, including recovering a blocked punt and returning it five yards for the touchdown right before halftime.

Wiseman would run the first play of the second half back for the game’s final score.

Walden finished with 23 yards rushing and five yards passing. Kris Laidler had 15 yards rushing on six carries for Bluestem.

Bluestem drops to 0-5 on the season and now have nine straight games and 17 of their last 18.

After having their game against Douglass canceled due to COVID-19, Bluestem has a Friday night game against Class 3A Larned (0-4) at Bluestem Field. The Indians are riding a 7-game losing streak into the game.

Sophomore Kolby Hebb (54) lines up to try and tackle Belle Plaine's Caleb Steele (13) on Monday, Oct. 5 in Belle Plaine, Kansas.