Paola — Three big Paola plays doomed the Baldwin High football team on Friday night in the Class 4A state playoffs.
Paola (9-3) put an end to Baldwin’s season with a 21-6 victory in a cold, rainy game that resulted in sloppy plays and limited offensive stats.
Paola’s Skylar Hawkins broke a 70-yard run on the third play of the game for the opening score.
In the second quarter, Paola blocked a Baldwin punt and recovered it at the BHS six-yard line.
The third big play was a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Tyler Hieber during the last minute of the first half.
Neither team scored in the second half.
Baldwin (10-2) moved the ball in the second half, but lost a fumble on the opening drive.
Paola stopped Baldwin’s final drive of the game.
Paola will play Louisburg next Friday in the state semifinals.
Silver Lake 28, Wellsville 7
Silver Lake — Wellsville ended its season at 10-2, while Silver Lake improved to 11-1. Silver Lake will face Rossville (9-3) next Friday in the semifinals. The winner will advance to the Class 3A state title game on Nov. 27 at Hutchinson’s Gowan Stadium.
Louisburg 21, De Soto 0
Louisburg — De Soto ended its season at 7-5, while Louisburg remained unbeaten at 12-0. Louisburg will face Paola Friday in the semifinals. The winner will play in the Class 4A state title game on Nov. 27 at Salina Central High.