Turnovers doom Spartans in playoff loss to Blue Devils: C-M ends season with 65-28 setback

Joe Randleman
Tri-County Times
Brody Sampson

MARTENSDALE - Collins-Maxwell couldn’t take care of the football and Martensdale St. Marys made them pay for it in the 8-man football playoff second round Friday.

The Spartans coughed up the ball seven times, directly leading to three Blue Devil defensive touchdowns and a safety, in a 65-28 loss.

Most of the damage was done in the first quarter. Martensdale St. Marys took advantage of four Collins-Maxwell mistakes to build an insurmountable 44-6 lead. 

“It's hard to compete, let alone win a game when you turn the ball over four times in the first quarter,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Cory Crnkovich said. “I don't know if we were scared or the weather was too cold. We did not come to play. MSM had some solid athletes and they played with some swag.”

By the end of the third quarter Martensdale St. Marys had built a 65-14 lead. Collins-Maxwell did go down swinging, scoring two unanswered touchdowns as Brody Sampson returned an interception 46 yards to paydirt and caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Luke Huntrods.

“The only takeaway from a coaching standpoint, was the toughness the senior class displayed,” Crnkovich said. “Those five guys could have quit in the first quarter. They played their hearts out. It's not the way they wanted it to end, but they have a lot to be proud of! First senior class to go all the way through!”

Rylee Scott, A.J. Smith Mason Markley, Mitchell Bienfang and Hunter Clair were the five Spartan seniors participating in the game.

Rylee Scott

Scott ran for 52 yards and one touchdown and made 1.5 tackles for loss, Smith caught a 46-yard pass and made four tackles, Markley threw for 46 yards, Bienfang tallied four tackles and two tackles for loss and Clair had one catch for six yards.

Sampson also had a good game for the Spartans. He ran for 54 yards and a touchdown, had a 40-yard touchdown reception and made six tackles to go along with the interception return for a touchdown.

Collins-Maxwell ended the season with a 4-5 record.

 “We have a long way to go if we want to get back to another winning season,” Crnkovich said. “We have to find some passion and play with heart. Good teams can show up and be .500. Great teams show up ready to work everyday and don't solely rely on just talent. They have to put the work in this offseason.”

Martensdale St. Marys will take an 8-0 record into the playoff third round this Friday. William Amfahr had three interceptions and returned two for touchdowns and Jack Franey had 197 yards and five touchdowns passing against Collins-Maxwell.  


Martensdale St. Marys 65, Collins-Maxwell 28

CM       6      8   0  14 - 28

MSM   44   14   7    0 - 65




First quarter

MSM - Jack Franey 30 run (2-point conversion failed).

MSM - Franey recovered fumble in end zone (Troy Holt pass from Franey).

MSM - William Amfahr 10 interception return (2-point conversion failed).

MSM - Safety.

CM - Brody Sampson 3 run (kick failed).

MSM - Holt 54 pass from Franey (2-point conversion failed).

MSM - Holt 18 pass from Franey (Franey run).

MSM - Carson Elbert 20 pass from Franey (Logan Wearmouth pass from Franey).

Second quarter

MSM - Amfahr 40 interception return (Amfahr kick).

CM - Rylee Scott 4 run (Luke Huntrods pass from Mason Markley).

MSM - Hogan Franey 43 pass from J. Franey (Amfahr kick).

Third quarter

MSM - Elbert 25 pass from J. Franey (Amfahr kick).

Fourth quarter

CM - Sampson 46 interception return (2-point conversion failed).

CM - Sampson 40 pass from L. Huntrods (Scott run).


Team statistics C-M MSM

Rushes-yards 22-98 23-81

Passing 5-21-3 8-18-1

Passing yards 92 197

Total yards 190 278

Fumbles lost 4 2

Punts-average 4-27.3 2-43.0


Individual statistics

Rushing: CM - Brody Sampson 8-54, Rylee Scott 7-52, Mason Markley 1-6, A.J. Smith 2-(-2), Jace Huntrods 2-(-6), Hunter Clair 2-(-6). MSM - Jack Franey 4-37, Logan Wearmouth 9-26, Brooks Throm 4-10, Kade Mullins 5-5, Troy Holt 1-3.

Passing CM - Markley 2-10-1-46, Luke Huntrods 1-2-1-40, J. Huntrods 2-9-1-6. MSM - Franey 8-17-0-197, William Amfahr 0-1-1-0.

Receiving: CM - Smith 1-46, Sampson 1-40, Clair 1-6, J. Huntrods 2-0. MSM - Holt 4-80, Carson Elbert 3-74, Hogan Franey 1-43.

Tackles: CM - Sampson 6, Kayden McKinney 4.5, Smith 4, Mitchell Bienfang 4, L. Huntrods 2.5. MSM - J.T. Archibald 9, Brandon McNew 7, Holt 6.5, Trey Baker 4.5, Amfahr 4.

Sacks: MSM - Archibald, J. Franey.

Fumble recoveries: CM - J. Huntrods, William Booth. MSM - J. Franey, H. Franey, Holt, James Keagle. 

Interceptions: CM - Sampson. MSM - Amfahr 3.