Stark has no trouble with United
Both United and Stark County found themselves ranked in their respective classes going into Friday's opening night match up, but that may change next week. No. 6 Stark County showed their preseason respect was well deserved following their impressive 38-14 victory over the No. 9 Red Storm.
While United couldn't get anything going offensively in the first half, Stark County got off to a quick start through the air on their first drive. Following a United punt after a three-and-out opening series, Rebel quarterback Justin Kohler connected on a 43-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Kyle Copeland.
After another United punt from deep in their own territory, the Rebels moved quickly to take a 13-0 lead when Kohler again torched the Red Storm pass defense with a 19-yard touchdown strike to senior Calvin Lewis.
After stretching the United defense with their aerial attack, Stark County running back Tyler Frisby took over on the next drive. He gashed the Red Storm for several long runs, including a 25-yarder that got the Rebels into United territory. He capped the stretch with a two-yard touchdown run to put United in a 20-0 hole at the half.
Frisby's onslaught continued on Stark's first possession of the second half when he ripped off runs of 14 and 42 yards, scoring from a yard out a few plays later to make it 26-0.
Penalties and Stark County's defensive penetration repeatedly put the United offense in second- and third-and-long situations that they could not convert. In a twist for the traditional running powerhouse, the Red Storm could only move the ball through the air.
Stark salted the game away when Frisby tacked on another nine-yard touchdown, his third, with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to make it 32-0.
United got on the board when Danton McMullen scored from 19 yards out to make it 32-6. McMullen led United with 53 yards on the ground.
Both teams scored late in the quarter to make the final 38-14.
United will take on West Prairie at home next week.