Overbrook Four minutes. Three touchdowns. Game over.
Santa Fe Trail exploded for three touchdowns during a four-minute span of the second quarter and shellacked Perry-Lecompton, 41-15, in Class 4A district football Friday night.
"We're young and I keep telling 'em not to get down, but it's human nature," Perry-Lecompton coach Charlie Golder said. "We went into our shell."
Santa Fe Trail started the onslaught harmlessly enough with a two-yard touchdown run by Justin Duncan with 7:56 remaining until halftime.
Then, after the Kaws ran three plays and punted, SFT's Gabe Wurdeman fielded Charlie Wymore's punt at his own 28, took off down the left sideline and raced all the way to the end zone. With 5:49 showing, the Chargers led 14-0.
More trouble was ahead for the Kaws when they couldn't handle Jacob Rice's unintentionally squibbed kickoff and the Chargers recovered at the P-L 46.
Five plays later, thanks mainly to runs of 23 and 20 yards by Duncan, SFT scored again. The clock showed 3:55. Four minutes. Three touchdowns.
For good measure, the Chargers tacked on a 12-yard touchdown run by Duncan with just 39 seconds remaining before the break to take a commanding 27-0 lead.
Duncan, who didn't start because he was nursing two sprained ankles, rushed for 107 yards in the second quarter and 157 for the game.
Perry-Lecompton compiled only 42 yards of offense in the first half while surrendering those 27 points so Golder wasn't whistling a happy tune in the dressing room at intermission.
"I don't say my teams give up, but we didn't give as strong an effort as we were capable of giving in the first half," Golder said. "After the half, though, we gave great effort."
In fact, the Kaws outscored the Chargers, 15-14, in the second half.
Perry-Lecompton wasted little time shedding its goose egg after the break. The Kaws went 65 yards in nine plays on their first second-half possession, capped by Garrett Carver's 16-yard off-tackle scamper into the end zone.
Freshman quarterback Joe Corcoran ended the scoring with 3:32 remaining when he broke loose up the middle on a 44-yard touchdown gallop, his longest of the season.
By then, though, it was much too late. The Chargers had added a couple of more second-half TDs and comfortably captured the Kaw Valley League championship with a 6-0 record.
SFT is 7-1 overall and can advance to the state playoffs by defeating Topeka Hayden next week. Perry-Lecompton leveled at 4-4 with its finale at home next Thursday against Council Grove.
"We're looking for a winning season now," Golder said.