The last time Salina South was in the state title game was 2004. Current quarterback Justin Stonebraker was a ball boy for the team. Friday night, Stonebraker had a chance to get his team a little closer to state.
After a slow first quarter the Cougars woke up. Down 7-0, Stonebraker found Zach Nachbar who out ran the defenders for a 62-yard touchdown to tie it up 7-7.
Stonebraker was able to move the ball on the ground as well, in the second he broke of a 24-yard run that set up another 5-yard run for the touchdown.
It wasn't all Stonebraker, Cody Busby had a good nigh with 112 yards, including a few touchdown one like the one he ran 12 yards around the corner to put the team up 21-7.
Emporia's offense finally woke up. Dylan Jackson ran a hard 5 yards to the endzone to make the score 21-13 .
Another Cougar running back found the endzone in the fourth, Mike Jones, who had 156 yards on the night, took it in 8 yards to make it 28-13.
Emporia wouldn't give up, a long drive led to a Jackson 3-yard touchdown drive.
However, the Spartans were unable to stop the run and Busby found the endzone for the second time to make it 35-20.
Salina South will take on Bishop Carroll next Friday.