FOOTBALL: Bearcats clinch district championship

BURLINGAME—Burlingame wrapped up their final regular home game of the regular season with a 46-0 shutout win over Rural Vista.

“Clinching districts and earning a home playoff game has been a team goal of ours all season,” said Jeff Slater, Bearcat’s head coach. “I think last Friday was our most well rounded game overall. Defense played great and offensively we were very efficient besides our two turnovers.

The Bearcats win was akin to most of their wins this season - decided quickly and over by the mercy rule early in the second half.

Dalton Sporing led the Bearcats, completing 8 of 17 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Dominic Buterakos rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries; Seth Greenwood had 29 yards and a touchdown on 3 carries; Colton Noonan had 32 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions; and Zach Herrick had 31 yards and a touchdown on 3 catches.

Timmy Griffin and Tristan Lee led the Bearcats’ defense with 7 tackles each; Kosta Buterakos had 6 tackles. Anthony Hovestadt and Greenwood each had interceptions.

The Bearcats (8-0) will wrap up the regular season with a road game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Herington (7-1).

“Herington is a football team who has a chance to make the playoffs with a win,” Slater said. “We want to finish the season the right way and have momentum going into post season.”

With clinching the district title, the Bearcats will play Nov. 1 in Burlingame. Their district opponent will be settled in a matchup between Solomon (6-2) and Victoria (4-4) Thursday.

“Looking down the road at our first round opponent, most likely Solomon,” Slater said. “They have a great coaching staff, solid quarterback and some big athletic skill guys. They present a different challenge than what we have seen in district play, with throwing the ball, and a well-established play action passing attack.

“We are playing our best football at the right time,” Slater said. “It’s important to stay healthy and stay consistent heading into November.”

Rural Vista 0 0 0 x — 0
Burlingame 16 24 6 x — 46

Tigers win FHL, lead district

LYNDON—The Lyndon Tigers earned their eighth-straight win Friday night, beating Chase County 20-7 to finish 7-0 in the Flint Hills League, and move up to 2-0 in their district.

In league, the win secured the Tigers’ seventh-straight title.

“I’m very proud of our kids effort and dedication,” said Brent Hoelting, Tigers’ head coach. “Seven straight league titles doesn’t happen by accident. We knew going in Friday was going to be a very physical, grind it out ballgame and it was. Chase County is a very good football team and I thought our kids did a great job of responding to their physicality all game long.”

The Tigers pushed through with 263 yards of total offense, rushing for 162 yards. Dexton Swinehart ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, and completed 2 of 3 passes for 11 yards. Rylan Burns completed 4 of 10 passes for 90 yards. Jamie Reed had 2 receptions for 67 yards and Jaden Hielscher had 3 for 33.

Mason Slusher led the defense with 19 tackles, including 2 for lost yards. Swinehart had 10 tackles ; and Kyle Baker and Hielscher each had interceptions.

“It was a great team effort,” Hoelting said. “Individually, Mason Slusher just had a dominant game defensively with 19 tackles, and Dexton Swinehart did a great job of running and controlling the clock for us with 148 yards rushing.”

Lyndon (8-0) has placed itself in a position to take the district title, even with a loss. The Tigers will wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at Olpe (4-4).

“If my math is correct, as long as we lose by nine or less on Friday we will be district champs,” Hoelting said. “We know going in we are going to get Olpe’s best shot. They are going to be very fundamentally sound and they will play hard for 48 minutes so we will have to match their effort and intensity.”

Chase County 0 7 0 0 — 7
Lyndon 7 0 7 6 — 20

Chargers prepare for district showdown

The Santa Fe Trail Chargers earned a solid 39-14 win over Jefferson West to stay alive in Class 4A Division II’s most under-rated district Friday night.

“We played well,” said Jayson Duncan, Chargers’ head coach. “We really established the line of scrimmage, and were able to move the ball at will with over 400 yards of offense.”

The Chargers rushed their way to the win, running for 348 yards and five of their six touchdowns. Peyton Newton led the team with 170 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 carries; Will Herren had 123 yards on 13 carries; Carter Greenfield had 60 yards and a touchdown on 4 carries; and Bryce Erickson had a touchdown run.

Erickson was 4 for 7 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown – a 21-yard pass to Derrick Martinek. Freshman Andrew Berkefeldt completed 3 of 4 passes for 23 yards.

Herren led the defense with 11 tackles; Evan Tomlinson had 6 tackles.

“Defensively our first team only gave up only one first down,” Duncan said. “We still have some ‘I’s to dot, and some ‘T’s to cross before Thursday.”

With the win, the Chargers (7-1, 1-1) sit at 1-1, with a must-win situation with Holton (4-4, 1-1) in order to advance into the post season.

“I am proud of where we are, what we have done so far, and looking forward to the showdown on Thursday,” Duncan said.

The Chargers will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holton.

“I look forward to the challenge,” Duncan said. “We have been very good as of late, and they are always good. Two of the best teams in the state will be playing on Thursday. I believe all three teams from our district would have a shot at winning the state championship.”

Indians stay alive in district

RICHMOND—The Osage City Indians approached 400 yards of total offense, shutting out Central Heights for more than three quarters in a 39-14 win Friday evening.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but we did enough to get the win,” said Andrew Gantenbein, Indians’ head coach. “That’s what you have to do now; find a way to survive and advance.”

The Indians scored on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Tucker Kimball to Jason Cooley and a 2-yard run by Brett Sage in the first quarter. Kimball hit Trenton Plinsky with a 28-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 21-yard touchdown by the quarterback, giving the Indians a 25-0 lead at the half.

Osage City scored on a 6-yard run by Sage and a 4-yard run by Ryan Smith in the third quarter, going into the fourth 39-0.

Central Heights scored on an 80-yard run and a 60-yard return in the fourth quarter.

“Defensively, our pass coverage was pretty sound and our varsity had a shut out going until we subbed some guys in late in the game,” Gantenbeing said.

Sage led the defense with 14 tackles, one forced fumble and a pair of quarterback hurries; Coleton Mitchell had 9 tackles and Plinsky had a fumble recovery.

Kimball commanded the offense, completing 9 of 13 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Plinsky had 3 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown; Jason Cooley had 2 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown; Carter Swindale had 2 catches for 41 yards and Krimzyn Clark had a catch for 34 yards.

Sage had 11 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns; Kimball had 7 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown; Jason Cooley had 40 yards and Ryan Smith had a touchdown.

“Offensively, I thought Brant Dayhoff, Cameron Gragg and Krimzyn Clark played with great effort,” Gantenbein said. “Krimzyn and Cameron both had some nice catches, too.”

The Indians (3-5, 1-1) will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Franklin (2-6, 1-1). The winner will advance to the Class 3A Bi-Districts at Nov. 1 against Jayhawk-Linn.

Central Hts. 0 0 0 14 — 14
Osage City 12 13 14 0 — 39

Trojans shut out by Herington

HERINGTON—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans took a 46-0 mercy-ruled loss from Herington Friday night.

The Trojans (1-6) will conclude their season with Lebo (6-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Melvern.

MDCV 0 0 0 0 — 0
Herington 40 6 0 0 — 46

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