INMAN — Inman High School scored a touchdown early in the first quarter and late in the fourth quarter, but unfortunately for the Teutons there was nothing in between.
While the Teutons moved the ball well against the Hutchinson Trinity defense, the Inman offense could not put points on the board.
Inman is now 0-2 on the season after falling to Hutch Trinity, 22-14, Friday night in Inman. Last week, Inman dropped its season opener to Belle Plaine, 14-0.
The Inman defense has played well two weeks in a row. The offense is still looking for more consistency under sophomore quarterback Jace Doerksen.
The Teutons showed glimpses on offense, but needed more than 14 points against a solid Trinity squad that is now 2-0.
“We didn’t put points on the board when we needed to,” Inman head coach Lance Sawyer said. “I thought we moved the ball well, but our drives sputtered at times. We can’t put ourselves in 2-and-15’s and third-and-longs.”
Inman struck first in the game after Derick Johnson picked off a pass and returned the ball to the Hutch Trinity 31. With a short field, the Teutons converted two fourth downs, and punched the ball in the end zone as Doerksen scored from three yards out on a quarterback keeper.
Inman maintained a 7-0 lead the rest of the first quarter, but Trinity scored on the first play of the second quarter on a slant route on fourth-and-two that went 50 yards. Trinity went for two and succeeded, taking an 8-7 lead.
Inman moved the ball on a couple more drives in the first half, but turned the ball over on downs at its own 49 with 3:19 in the half.
Trinity only needed 16 seconds to score off the turnover on a long pass down the sideline. Despite starting at the 8-yard line after a false start, Trinity still converted the two-point try to make it 16-7 and a two possession game.
The Inman defense kept Trinity off the scoreboard in the third quarter, but the Inman offense couldn’t score. Doerksen barely overthrew a diving Kolby Blank in the end zone on a fourth down try early in the fourth quarter. With 6:48 left in the game, Inman went for it on 4th-and-7 from the Trinity 33 and failed.
Trinity marched down the field and drained three minutes off the clock. On fourth and goal from the eight, Trinity quarterback Lucas Hammeke fumbled the snap from the shotgun, picked up the ball, scrambled, and found a receiver in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
However, the Teutons held tough on the two-point try, keeping it a two-score game.
With time not on their side, the Teutons methodically marched down the field, and scored with 19 seconds left on a touchdown pass from Doerksen to Kyler Konrade on 4th-and-12.
The Teutons made it an eight-point game with the extra point, and even recovered the ensuing onside at midfield for one last chance. But the Celtics picked off Doerksen for the first time with 11 seconds to ice the game.
“Jace is a great quarterback, and he’s going to continue to develop, but we have some young guys who really shined,” Sawyer said. “I thought Mason Carter looked really good, I thought Kyler Konrade looked really good, so we have some pieces here, we just need to put it all together.”
At 0-2, Inman travels to Whitewater-Remington in search for its first win. Remington is also 0-2 on the season with losses to Sedgwick and Ell-Saline.
“We understand that we have to get a little bit better every day,” Sawyer said. “I think by the end of the year, we can compete and win a lot of games. Until then we need to grow every single day.”