Only two local teams remain alive in the high school football state playoffs, and Lawrence High and Eudora face daunting tasks Friday night.
LHS (5-5) will take on Olathe South (8-2) at 7 p.m. at Olathe District Activities Center in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Friday night's game will be a rematch of the Oct. 8 game at Haskell Stadium, which the Falcons won, 35-34, in overtime.
Following a 55-yard touchdown catch by Lawrence's Brandon Lassiter, senior running back Jeff Colter extended the Lions' lead to 28-21 with 1:41 left in regulation when he broke three tackles on a two-point conversion run.
O-South, however, needed less than a minute to tie the game and force the extra period.
"We had that game in our hands, and we let it slip away," Colter said. "It's been in the back of our minds all season. Hopefully, we'll get it done Friday."
The Falcons, who had won seven in a row before suffering a 21-7 loss to Olathe East in the regular-season finale, are coming off a 35-7 victory over Shawnee Mission South.
LHS has won four of six after an 0-3 start and has posted shutouts in each of its last two games, including a 17-0 victory Friday at Blue Valley Northwest.
"Defensively, we had our best game of the year," LHS coach Dirk Wedd said. "Offensively, we didn't play real well, but we got the job done."
Topeka Hayden at Eudora
In the third round of the 4A playoffs, Eudora (8-3) will play host to Topeka Hayden (11-0) at 7 p.m.
Eudora defeated Anderson County, 34-30, Nov. 2, and Coffeyville, 35-8, Saturday. Hayden has been dominant all season. The Wildcats defeated an 8-2 Marysville squad, 29-0, in the first round, limiting the Bulldogs to 83 total yards. Saturday, Hayden topped 9-2 Tonganoxie, 27-14, limiting the Chieftains' normally potent offense to 106 yards.
Luke Abel leads Eudora with 1,098 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.