Perry — Friday night's Class 4A district football contest here played out like a pendulum.
Baldwin and Perry-Lecompton high schools exchanged momentum swings, which came in the form of touchdowns and turnovers, for the final three quarters.
In the end, Baldwin (7-1 overall, 2-0 district) came out with the second district victory, 35-28, over the Kaws (6-2, 1-1).
Baldwin led 21-0, but the Kaws scored 28 unanswered until BHS tacked on the final 14 points.
"It was a momentum-changing game," Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. "It went back and forth all night. That was some good high school football tonight."
Kaws quarterback Shane Gimzo tried to rally his team in the waning minutes, but penalties and Baldwin's defensive front stopped the drive in Kaws territory.
"The win feels great," Beecher said. "The game was a roller coaster. Each team had their highs and lows. Thankfully, we were playing better in the fourth quarter. It's all about how you finish the game sometimes."
For the night, Beecher carried the ball 30 times for 259 yards.
He did have two fumbles during the middle of the game, but held on to it late to help BHS secure the victory.
Baldwin will travel to Eudora on Thursday night. Perry-Lecompton will play at Santa Fe Trail.
Tonganoxie 29, Piper 26
Kansas City, Kan. - Tonganoxie sophomore Jeremy Carlisle found the end zone when the Chieftains had to have a score - twice - and THS won at Piper.
The first Carlisle score came less than three minutes in. The Pirates (1-7 overall, 0-2 district) had just marched down the field in seven plays to take an early 6-0 lead when Carlisle returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, his fourth TD return of the season.
THS (5-3, 1-1) again trailed in the fourth quarter when Carlisle capped a six-play drive with a six-yard run that put Tonganoxie up for good.
De Soto 38, Spring Hill 7
De Soto - De Soto quarterback Logan Clark threw three touchdown passes, helping the Wildcats (4-4, 2-0) open a big lead and cruise to their fourth consecutive victory.
Eudora 42, Santa Fe Trail 6
Carbondale - Eudora running back Ryan Fisher carried the ball 23 times for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the Cardinals' blowout victory.
Eudora improved to 3-5 and 1-1 in district play.
Mill Valley 34, K.C. Washington 6
Shawnee - Mill Valley earned its first playoff berth in four years. The Jaguars (7-1 overall, 2-0 district) were led by running back Nicholas Woods, who carried 22 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Pittsburg 40, Ottawa 0
Ottawa - Ottawa dropped its eighth consecutive game in its third shutout this season.
Wellsville 40, Osage City 6
Wellsville - Wellsville snapped a five-game losing streak with a 34-point victory against Osage City.