De Soto Dylan Burford caught two huge passes Friday night to help the De Soto football team win its first game of the season.
The Wildcats senior wide receiver teamed up with senior quarterback Daniel Peterson for the final two touchdowns of the Frontier League contest. The seniors led the Wildcats’ 14-7 comeback victory against Baldwin.
“It was on everyone’s shoulders tonight,” Burford said. “Our O-line kicked butt tonight, especially at the end. We won for David Bedford, because this was his last game as a senior.”
Bedford, a senior offensive lineman for the Wildcats, is having surgery on one of his fingers next week and will miss the rest of the season.
Peterson and Burford first hooked up for an 11-yard touchdown strike with 3:11 remaining.
Earlier in the drive, Peterson found Burford for a 43-yard pass on a busted third-down play in which the snap went over his head.
After the score, Baldwin (0-4) went three-and-out with a costly holding penalty on third down. A short punt gave De Soto (1-3) the ball on Baldwin’s 43 yard line.
Four plays later, De Soto converted a fourth-down-and-two with a five-yard pass. The Wildcats were out of timeouts, so they spiked the ball with 22 seconds remaining. On the very next play, Peterson scrambled and tossed a pass over the Bulldogs’ defense and into Burford’s hands in the back left corner of the end zone.
“That’s two weeks in a row that Dylan has had a couple big plays for us,” De Soto coach Tom Byers said. “If you just get the ball in his hands, he’s going to make a play for you.”
Baldwin broke the 0-0 tie during the middle of the fourth quarter. BHS junior Josh Hoffman broke free for a 39-yard touchdown. Baldwin took a 7-0 lead with 7:28 left.
“Our team is hurting right now because we were so close,” Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. “We’ve scored the first touchdowns in the last two games but have come up short at the end.”
De Soto will host Paola next week, while Baldwin will play at home against Ottawa.
Eudora 35, Paola 27
Paola — Evan Cleveland ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and completed six of seven passes for 81 yards and threw for another touchdown to lead Eudora.
Eudora trailed, 14-13, at the break, and Paola opened the third quarter with a 15-play 75-yard touchdown drive to put Eudora in an eight-point hole. But Eudora’s Reece Long ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards for a touchdown, and Cleveland converted the two-point conversion to even the score.
On the ensuing Paola drive, Brian Katzfey picked off his second pass of the night, and Cleveland hit Christian Richardson on a slant pattern that turned into a 31-yard touchdown to give the Cardinals the lead at 28-21 with 2:16 to play in the third.
Midway through the fourth, from 32 yards out, Cleveland took a quarterback sweep to the right and slithered back left across the formation and sprinted down the left sideline and dove into the end zone, just past a Paola player to give Eudora a 35-21 lead.
Paola's Skylar Hawkins returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown, but Eudora blocked the PAT and ran out the clock.
Boomer Mays had 14 carries for 65 yards and scored one touchdown for the Cardinals. Eudora totaled 217 yards rushing.
Eudora (4-0) will play Louisburg on Friday at home.
K.C. Wyandotte 18
Kansas City, Kan. — After a groggy first half in which the Chieftains’ only touchdown came on special teams, Tonganoxie finally played with some gusto in the last two quarters.
Tonganoxie (3-1) struggled in the first half because it kept giving the ball away. Three THS turnovers combined with 74 yards of offense gave the Bulldogs (1-3) a five-point halftime lead that they stretched to 12 in the third quarter.
That deficit seemed to stir the Chieftains, who started gouging WHS with big gains on the ground and went on an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by a five-yard touchdown run by senior Jeremie Maus.
By the end of the third quarter, Tonganoxie’s deficit was just three, and with three touchdowns on its first seven plays from scrimmage in the final quarter, THS avoided a disappointing loss.
On the second play of the fourth, Maus scored on a seven-yard run that gave the Chieftains the lead for good.
The next time THS had the ball, junior quarterback Jeremy Carlisle created a one-play drive with a 64-yard touchdown run.
Carlisle ran even farther — 68 yards — on the third play of Tonganoxie’s next possession for another score that put the game out of reach.
Carlisle finished with 149 rushing yards. Maus racked up 82 on the ground and senior Austen Holloway carried nine times for 80 yards.
Next week, Tonganoxie will play host to Santa Fe Trail at
Perry — Brad Phillips rushed for 139 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Perry-Lecompton (0-4).
Phillips had 263 all-purpose yards.
Wellsville 50, Prairie View 8
Wellsville — Dalton Hughes carried 14 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns and Wellsville (3-1) routed Prairie View.