Coffeyville — Coffeyville held off a fourth-quarter Baldwin High rally Friday night to end the Bulldogs’ season, 35-27, in the Class 4A state football quarterfinals.
Baldwin started the game playing as it had all season, controlling the ball and putting points the board after lengthy drives of 66 and 81 yards, capped by two-yard runs from sophomore Jake Katzer and senior Cornell Brown.
The game changed when Coffeyville got the ball in the second quarter with a strong wind at its back, making senior quarterback Nathan Finley much more effective. Senior running back LaDarrius Johnson got the home team on the board with a 10-yard touchdown run. But the big momentum swing came with Coffeyville scored twice in 67 seconds with less than 2:30 left in the second quarter. Finley evened the score with a sneak from the one-yard line with 2:21 remaining in the first half and connected with Darren Deffebaugh for a 37-yard TD with 1:14 left in the half.
Baldwin sought to recapture the lead after receiving the second-half kickoff, but its drive stalled on a failed fourth-and-two play from the three-yard line.
Coffeyville then marched 98 yards to go up two scores and padded the lead with 46-yard drive early in the fourth quarter.
Baldwin’s comeback started with Brown’s 36-yard touchdown to senior Tim Craig with 6:27 to play in the fourth quarter. Baldwin got within eight when Brown scored on a four-yard run with 24 seconds to play, but couldn’t recover the ensuing onside kick.
Baldwin finished the season 11-1.
Coffeyville 35, Baldwin 27
Baldwin 7 7 0 13 — 27
Coffeyville 0 20 7 8 — 35
Baldwin scoring: Jake Katzer, 2-yard run (Matt Michels kick); Brown, 2-yard run (Michels kick); Tim Craig 36-yard pass from Brown (Michels kick); Brown, 4-yard run (kick failed).
Coffeyville scoring: LaDarrius Johnson, 10-yard run (kick); Nathan Finley, 1-yard run (kick); Darren Deffebaugh 37 pass from Finley (kick failed); Finley 10-yard run (James Newton two-point conversion); Johnson, one-yard run (kick).