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Broncos Drop District Opener to TMP

RHS FootballThe Russell High School football team could not overcome a 22-point first half deficit and lost to rival Thomas More Prep 36-26 in their Class 3A, District 15 opener at Lewis Field Stadium on Friday, Oct. 12.

TMP built a 22-0 lead late in the first half before the Broncos got on a board on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Alex Baldwin to Eric Rourke.  It was 22-6 at halftime.

Russell cut the deficit to 29-18 after three quarters with a pair of touchdowns - 84-yard pass from Baldwin to David Crawford and 10-yard run from Dylan Walker.

But the Broncos' rally stalled in the fourth quarter.  Russell punted and threw an interception on their next two possessions.  TMP scored a TD with 1:45 remaining to go up 36-18.  The Broncos added a touchdown with seven seconds remaining on Walker's 65-yard wide receiver option pass to Keltonn Morris.

Russell ended up outgaining TMP 334-308, but committed two turnovers.

Alex Baldwin completed 4-of-8 passes for a career-high 126 yards and two touchdowns.  Dylan Walker ran for 81 yards.  Keltonn Morris rushed for 75 yards.

Russell falls to 1-6, while TMP improves to 2-5.

The Broncos will need a win in Hoisington on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.  The Cardinals are 3-4 after losing to Scott City 36-0.  Kickoff is at 7pm.  Countdown to Kickoff begins at 6:30pm on Classic Hits 95.9 and www.krsl.com.

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