(Photo by Gary Lowman/Contributor)
HERINGTON—The Burlingame Bearcats wrapped up a perfect regular season with a 46-0 shutout of Herington to finish 6-0 in their district.
“I am very proud of our team,” said Jeff Slater, Bearcats’ head coach. “A lot of hard work, commitment and dedication goes into a undefeated regular season. The kids came in this summer with the goal of making playoffs and getting back to sub-state championship to have an opportunity to compete for a state title.”
The district champions wrapped up the game at halftime, rushing for 216 yards and four touchdowns and completing just 2 passes, both touchdowns.
“Last night was a fun game to be apart of for sure,” said Jeff Slater, Bearcats’ head coach. “Our players took it too another level, probably the best performance I have seen by any Burlingame team in my three years coaching.”
Dalton Sporing had 156 yards, going 2 for 4 passing for 60 yards and rushing for 96 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 conversions on 8 carries. Colton Noonan had both touchdown receptions.
Seth Greenwood had 80 yards and 2 touchdowns on 4 carries; Dominic Buterakos had 40 yards on 5 carries.
Noonan led the Bearcats with 11 tackles and an interception; Tristan Lee had 9 tackles, including five quarterback hurries, 1 tackle for lost yards and an interception; and Kosta Buterakos had 6 tackles, 2 for lost yards, along with a fumble recovery and an interception which he returned 14 yards for a touchdown.
“Tristan Lee was a stud, and our defense pitched its fifth shutout of the year,” Slater said. “Our secondary shut their top wide receiver down, and we were able to take away the run from them which hasn't happened all year, and we had a defense touchdown by Kosta.”
The Railers had 4 fumbles, one of which was lost to the Bearcats, along with three interceptions.
The Bearcats (9-0) will host Solomon (6-3) at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in Burlingame.
“We are playing our best football at the right time,” Slater said. “It's important we take one game at a time, we prepare the right way, and keep playing our brand of football. I fully expect our fans to paint the town purple on Tuesday, and to travel with this team across the state when we hit the road. We are thrilled to be playing football in November.”
Herington 0 0 x x — 0
Burlingame 18 28 x x — 46
First Downs 4 8
Rush Attempts 17 25
Rushing Yards 216 68
Passing Yards 60 110
Passes Cmp-Att-Int 2-4-0 5-21-3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-1
Punts-Avg 1-20.0 2-28.5
Penalties-Yards 2-15 1-10
Osage City advances with win
POMONA—The Osage City Indians advanced with a with a 49-32 win against West Franklin in the final game of the regular season Oct. 27 at Pomona, securing the Indians one more round of play.
Osage City jumped ahead with a three touchdowns in the first half – a 2-yard run by Tucker Kimball and 16 and 71-yard touchdown passed from Kimball to Trenton Plinsky.
West Franklin jumped on the scoreboard late in the first half, but the Indians matched each touchdown with one of their own, leading 34-14 at the half and retaining a 17-point lead in the final score.
West Franklin kept up with the Indians rushing game, but Osage City’s passing game put them over the top. Kimball completed 6 or 11 passes for 159 yard and 2 touchdowns, both to Plinsky. Carter Swindale had 3 catches for 67 yards.
Brett Sage had 148 yards on 7 carries, including 1 touchdown. Kimball ran for 90 yards on 8 carries for 3 touchdowns, and Jason Cooley had 51 yards on 5 carries.
Sage led the defense with 22 tackles, including 2 for lost yards. Swindale had 10 tackles and Brent Dayhoff had 9 tackles.
The Indians (4-5) finish as the runner-up in their district, and will play at 7p.m. Nov. 1 at Jayhawk-Linn.
Osage City 14 20 15 0 — 49
West Franklin 0 14 6 12 — 32
Tigers win district, despite loss
OLPE—The Lyndon Tigers wrapped up their regular season with the first loss of their year, a 26-20 defeat from the Olpe Eagles.
Friday’s game was set to decide the winner Class 2-1A District 3, and although they lost, the game was close enough the Tigers still came out ahead, claiming the district championship.
The Tigers (8-0) will host Oswego (3-6) at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Lyndon.
Santa Fe Trail looses battle with Holton
HOLTON—After a 6-0 start to the season, the Santa Fe Trail Chargers went 1-2 in a historically tough district, taking losses from Hayden and Holton, which each advanced to the postseason.
The Chargers fell 36-24 in a battle with Holton Oct. 27 to end the season with a 7-2 record.
Marais des Cygnes Valley ends season.
MELVERN—The Marais des Cygnes Valley Trojans wrapped up a tough season with a 56-5 loss to Lebo Oct. 28.
The Trojans end the season with a 1-7 record.
See season wrap ups and playoff coverage in next week’s edition of The Herald-Chronicle.