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Free State football advances to state semifinals; Lawrence High loses

Free State's Blake Winslow (7) and Sam Hearnen (83) celebrate Winslow's fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown during their quarterfinal playoff game against Olathe East, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at FSHS. The Firebirds defeated the Hawks 28-17 and will advance to play Shawnee Mission West in the state semifinals next week.

Free State's Blake Winslow (7) and Sam Hearnen (83) celebrate Winslow's fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown during their quarterfinal playoff game against Olathe East, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at FSHS. The Firebirds defeated the Hawks 28-17 and will advance to play Shawnee Mission West in the state semifinals next week.

November 9, 2012

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Free State's Joe Dineen (12) avoids Olathe East's Connor Alexander (88) as he turns the corner to head upfield during their quarterfinal playoff game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at FSHS. The Firebirds defeated the Hawks 28-17 and will advance to play Shawnee Mission West in the state semifinals next week.

Free State's Joe Dineen (12) avoids Olathe East's Connor Alexander (88) as he turns the corner to head upfield during their quarterfinal playoff game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at FSHS. The Firebirds defeated the Hawks 28-17 and will advance to play Shawnee Mission West in the state semifinals next week.

Drake Hofer, (17) feels the pain of a loss for the Lawrence Lions in a 21-14 defeat to Shawnee Mission West in a 6A regional playoff game at LHS Friday night.

Drake Hofer, (17) feels the pain of a loss for the Lawrence Lions in a 21-14 defeat to Shawnee Mission West in a 6A regional playoff game at LHS Friday night.

Free State High's football team advanced to the state semifinals with a 28-17 victory over Olathe East on Friday night at FSHS.

The Firebirds (10-1) will face Shawnee Mission West (10-1), which defeated Lawrence High, 21-14, at LHS. The Class 6A semifinal will be held Friday at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium.

Free State scored first against Olathe East, late in the first quarter, and led the entire way. The Firebirds went into halftime up 21-10, thanks to a rush-heavy attack led by Joe Dineen, who ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The Hawks opened the third quarter by recovering an FSHS fumble and scoring to close the gap to 21-17. Free State extended its lead with a Kyle McFarland rushing touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Across town, Lawrence High led, 6-0, at halftime, but Shawnee Mission West scored 21 straight points after the intermission. Lions quarterback Brad Strauss connected with Drake Hofer for a 55-yard touchdown with 4:25 left in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings held on and advanced to a rematch with Free State, which defeated SM West, 28-14, on Sept. 7.

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rtwngr 1 year, 10 months ago

Got outcoached again, eh Wedd?

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lynchburgsbest 1 year, 10 months ago

Fight on FIREBIRDS!!! way to keep the season alive.

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