By CLINT HARDEN
12:59 AM CST, November 10, 2012
Eight teams in each class have worked to get one week closer to the sacred post-Thanksgiving football game. Four from each class moved on, while four more this Friday went home for good.
Derby and Hutchinson both won to set up a huge game in the state semifinals next week. Derby went to Dodge City and beat the Red Demons 42-19. Hutchinson went to Topeka and finished the Trojans’ season with a 42-33 win. It was close early on, but Hutch was able to pull away at the end.
Lawrence Free State flew past the Hawks of Olathe East 28-17. Shawnee Mission West beat Lawrence 21-14. The Firebirds will face SM West in the state semifinals.
Bishop Carroll led 28-0 at halftime over Andover and it was all downhill for the Trojans from there on out. Carroll went on to win 49-14 to advance to the state semifinals where it will meet Salina South. The Cougars took down Emporia in a battle of one-loss teams 35-20. Don’t be confused when watching this game, both teams sport similar uniforms.
On the eastern side of Kansas, St. Thomas Aquinas squeaked out its quarterfinal win over defending champion Blue Valley Stilwell 23-22. It was much the same in the other quarterfinal game, where Bishop Miege stopped BV West in the second overtime on a two-point conversion to preserve the 38-37 win. Aquinas and Miege will meet in the state semifinals.
Buhler and Mulvane met earlier in the season and Mulvane walked away with the 38-34 win. The Wildcats’ defense is clicking big time right now, as it shut down Riley Allen and the Crusaders 15-0 Friday. Holton beat McPherson on a final-minute pass play, of all things, 31-27. Mulvane will host Holton in next week’s semifinal game.
Eudora is one win away from reaching the state championship game for the second straight season after its 19-0 win over Louisburg. KC Piper slid past Chanute 24-22 to advance to the state semifinals. Eudora and Piper will meet in the semifinal round.
Scott City handled a great Garden Plain team 49-0. The Owls turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the game. The Beavers move on to face another high-scoring team in Beloit, a team that poured it on Sedgwick 52-24.
On the eastern side, Rossville took care of business against Pittsburg Colgan 17-7. Silver Lake is in the conversation for a state title again with a 40-0 win over Caney Valley. Rossville and Silver Lake will face off next Friday.
Sterling had a nice playoff run until it met Meade, who handed the Blackbears a 32-14 loss on the way out the door. LaCrosse did work Friday against Oakley to the tune of a 20-8 win. Meade and LaCrosse will meet in the state semifinals next week.
McLouth ran by Lyndon 39-6 and Centralia dominated Olpe 28-0. McLouth and Olpe will face off for a shot to play in the state championship game.
8-Man Div. I
Ness City kept up its winning ways with a 48-0 win over Solomon. The Eagles will have to wait until Rock Creek and Madison play Saturday to see who they will meet in the semifinals.
8-Man Div. II
Baileyville B&B waltzed by the Wildcats of Hanover 50-20. The Falcons will pay close attention to the Wallace County vs. Thunder Ridge quarterfinal game Saturday. The winner between the Wildcats and Longhorns will meet Baileyville in the state semifinals.
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