JEFFERSON - Ballard put the finishing touches on a great close to its 2017 season with a 49-14 drubbing of Greene County Friday at Jefferson.
The Bombers forced four turnovers and used a dominant ground game to win their fourth straight in impressive fashion. The strong showing nearly got Ballard into the Class 3A playoffs after many left the Bombers for dead following a 1-4 start that included a forfeit loss to Adel-Desoto-Minburn.
“We literally came up one point short of making the playoffs,” Ballard head football coach Al Christian said. “(But) we’re still very satisfied with a great season.”
Ballard scored 34 points in the second quarter to put the game away. Isaac Schafbuch ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, Skyler Noftsger had a 15-yard scoring tote and Blake Henga returned an interception 44 yards for his second defensive touchdown of the season in the second quarter.
Schafbuch and Noftsger also had touchdown runs in the first quarter as Ballard built an overwhelming 47-0 lead by halftime.
Ballard’s only points of the second half came on a safety by Josh DeTar. Both Greene County touchdowns were the result of Brent Riley passes to Trey Hinote in the fourth quarter long after the final outcome had been decided.
“(It was) a complete team win,” Christian said. “A great way to finish the season.”
Ballard ran for 309 yards and finished with 410 total yards. The Bomber defense recovered three fumbles to go along with Henga’s interception and they held Greene County to minus-13 yards rushing.
Schafbuch ran for 125 yards on 12 carries and completed 8 of 11 passes for 101 yards. Reece Huen had 50 yards rushing and 48 receiving, Skyler Noftsger ran for 70 yards, Kegan Odden caught three passes for 36 yards and a touchdown, Gavin Hobbs ran for 41 yards, Connor Drew picked up 23 yards rushing and Jack Luster made one grab for 14 yards.
Justice Sullivan made seven tackles, Ben Lee made five tackles and a fumble recovery and DeTar picked up five tackles for Ballard on defense. Dawson Lego had 4.5 stops, Gannon Manfull four tackles, Henga 3.5 tackles to go along with his interception and Schafbuch two tackles and fumble recovery.
Ballard finished the season 5-4 overall and the Bombers took third in 3A District 2 with a 5-2 record.
Greene County finished 1-8 overall and 1-6 in the district. Riley threw for 271 yards, Hinote had seven catches for 131 yards and Jake Berns recorded 9.5 tackles for the Rams.
Ballard 49, Greene County 14
B 13 34 2 0 - 49
GC 0 0 0 0 - 14
B - Isaac Schafbuch 23 run (Brendan Vincent kick), 5:22.
B - Skyler Noftsger 1 run (kick failed), 1:36.
B - Schafbuch 25 run (Vincent kick), 11:40.
B - Kegan Odden 12 pass from Schafbuch (kick failed), 10:55.
B - Schafbuch 15 run (kick failed), 4:48.
B - Blake Henga 44 interception return (Vincent run), 3:05.
B - Noftsger 15 run (Vincent kick), 2:03.
B - Safety (Josh DeTar), 6:37.
GC - Trey Hinote 7 pass from Brent Riley (Leonardo Marques kick), 8:32.
GC - Hinote 16 pass from Riley (Marques kick), 2:30.
Team statistics B GC
Rushes-yards 52-309 14-(-13)
Passing 8-11-0 21-33-1
Passing yards 101 280
Total yards 410 267
Fumbles lost 0 3
Punts-average 3-36.7 4-35.0
Rushing: B - Isaac Schafbuch 12-125, Skyler Noftsger 16-70, Reece Huen 7-50, Gavin Hobbs 11-41, Connor Drew 6-23. GC - Clint Dennhardt 5-11, Colby Kafer 6-2, Brent Riley 3-(-26).
Passing: B - Schafbuch 8-11-0-101. GC - Riley 20-31-1-271, Dennhardt 1-2-0-9.
Receiving: B - Huen 3-48, Kegan Odden 3-36, Jack Luster 1-14, Noftsger 1-3. GC - Trey Hinote 7-131, Carter Morton 4-79, Jordan Patterson 3-32, Kafer 5-24, Dennhardt 2-14.
Tackles: B - Justice Sullivan 7, Ben Lee 5, Josh DeTar 5, Dawson Lego 4.5, Gannon Manfull 4. GC - Jake Berns 9.5, Joe Towers 8.5, Brock Wuebker 6.5, Nick Breon 6.5.
Fumble recoveries: B - Schafbuch, Lee, Joe Hofbauer.
Interceptions: B - Blake Henga.