Mclouth McLouth High's last-minute two-point conversion attempt was ruled just short, and the Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking 21-20 Class 2-1A district football loss Friday to Wathena.
Cody Cook caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Stewart with 23 seconds left, and McLouth attempted a two-point conversion.
However, a swing pass was ruled just outside the end zone.
"One (official) called it good, but the other called it no good," McLouth coach Harry Hester said. "That got me tossed right there. But that's not what cost us the game. It would have been tremendous for the kids, though."
Stewart finished with 123 passing yards and 83 yards rushing for McLouth, which fell to 0-8 overall, 0-2 in district play.
The Bulldogs finished with 302 yards of total offense, their second straight game with 300-plus total yards.
"The kids played hard," Hester said. "They did all we asked. We played well enough to win. We had other opportunities, but that's what happens when you play eight sophomores and a freshman.
"We're young. I thought we'd be peaking now, and we're really playing exceptional. It would be a shame if we only have one more game."
McLouth will play host to Jefferson County North Thursday in its regular-season finale.
Hester said the Bulldogs still could advance to the playoffs with a win of 10 or more points over JCN and a victory Thursday by Troy over Wathena.
Wathena 21, McLouth 20
Wathena 0 14 7 0 -- 21
McLouth 8 0 0 12 -- 20
M -- Lester Dean 21 run (Josh Hobbs pass from Kevin Stewart).
W -- Beau Sigrist 1 run (Darren Koehler pass from Jordan Bauman).
W -- Ray Munger 52 punt return (kick fail).
W -- Sigrist 3 run (kick).
M -- Jimmy Steffey 22 pass from Stewart (kick fail).
M -- Cody Cook 2 pass from Stewart (pass fail).
Ottawa 52, Burlington 14
Burlington -- Jason Houston had 21 carries for 250 yards and five touchdowns -- hiking his two-week total to 11 TDs -- and Lee Baldwin, who missed the past five games because of a broken hand, returned to the Ottawa lineup and had four catches for 91 yards and another score.
"We came out of the gate pretty well," Ottawa coach Pat Boeh said. "Burlington matched our play in the first half, but we kind of blew it open in the third quarter."
QB Gabe Sheffield completed 7-of-9 passes for 109 yards and rushed for a 52-yard score for Ottawa (7-1 overall, 2-0 district), which racked up 506 yards of total offense.
"We played one of our better overall games," Boeh said. "We were struggling a little bit in the last three games, not playing to the best of our ability. We finally played the game we were capable of playing, and Burlington is a quality opponent. We expected a hard-fought game."
Ottawa will play host to Osawatomie Thursday.
Ottawa 3 14 28 7 -- 52
Burlington 0 7 0 7 -- 14
O -- Caleb Mitchell 44 FG.
B -- Mitchell Garrett 33 run (Friend kick).
O -- Jason Houston 2 run (Mitchell kick).
O -- Houston 2 run (Mitchell kick).
O -- Lee Baldwin 15 pass from Gabe Sheffield (Mitchell kick).
O -- Houston 31 run (Mitchell kick).
O -- Houston 15 run (Mitchell kick).
O -- Sheffield 52 run (Mitchell kick)
B -- J.R. Smith 47 run (Friend kick).
O -- Houston 14 run (Mitchell kick).
Tonganoxie 17, Basehor-Linwood 12
Basehor -- Sam Mitchell scored a pair of touchdowns in Tonganoxie's district football victory over Basehor-Linwood.
The Chieftains also scored on a safety when Basehor's punter stepped out of bounds as the Chieftains built an early 10-0 lead. Tongie had scored a two-point conversion following Mitchell's nine-yard TD run in the first quarter which was set up when Luke McCarty hauled in a pass from Justin Walker. Tongie, 7-1 overall and 1-1 in district play, will travel Thursday to Lansing.
Tonganoxie 8 2 0 7 -- 17
Basehor 0 0 0 12 -- 12
T -- Sam Mitchell 9 run (Luke McCarty from Justin Walker).
T -- Safety, punter stepped out of end zone.
B -- Brown 1 run (run failed).
T -- Mitchell 1 run (Kurt Rodell kick).
B -- Brown 1 run (kick blocked).
Leavenworth Immaculata 28, Oskaloosa 0
Oskaloosa -- Oskaloosa's offense failed to get on track in a district loss to Leavenworth Immaculata.
The Bears managed just 96 yards for the game. John Faler had 11 tackles, including two sacks, while Todd Newell had 10 tackles and Ellis Bryant a fumble recovery for the Bears, 1-7 entering Thursday's game at Maur Hill in Atchison.
Immaculata 28, Oskaloosa 0
Immaculata 0 0 7 21-- 28
Oskaloosa 0 0 0 0 -- 0
I -- Barrett Kaufman 3 run (Chase Day kick).
I -- Danny McAvoy 4 run (Day kick).
I -- Day 5 run (Day kick).
I -- Kris Pike 6 run (Day kick).
Santa Fe Trail 15, Perry-Lecompton 6
Perry -- Lance Boss completed four of 10 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, and Santa Fe Trail slipped past Perry-Lecompton.
Ryan Griffin caught an 80-yard touchdown pass from Boss, and Jay Shively scored on a 23-yard run for SFT.
Mitch McPherson had 16 carries for 148 yards and the only touchdown for Perry.
SFT (2-6 overall, 1-1 district) snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Kaws (1-7, 0-2) have lost six straight.
P-L will travel Thursday to Baldwin.
Santa Fe Trail will travel to Topeka Hayden.
Santa Fe Trail 15,
Santa Fe Trail 0 0 7 8 -- 15
Perry-Lecompton 0 0 0 6 -- 6
SFT -- Ryan Griffin 80 pass from Lance Boss (Justin Cooper).
PL -- Mitch McPherson 1 run (run fail).
SFT -- Jay Shively 23 run (Don Shively run).