Area football roundup: Perry-Lecompton surges past Wamego in opening round of Class 3A playoffs
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Behind a huge second half, Perry-Lecompton earned a 38-21 win Friday night over Wamego.
It marked the second year in a row that the Kaws have knocked the Red Raiders out in the postseason. After trailing by a 21-14 margin at halftime, PLHS scored 24 unanswered points to win the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Thad Metcalfe scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds left in the first half, which gave the Kaws some momentum heading into the intermission. William Welch then scored on a pair of touchdown runs to give PLHS a 28-21 advantage. He also linked up with Parker Stone for a 16-yard touchdown connection in the final period.
Welch went 16-for-27 for 221 yards and one score for the Kaws. Stone hauled in four catches for 93 yards and one score. Metcalfe provided 73 yards on the ground via 19 carries in the postseason victory.
Perry-Lecompton will face Holton next week.
Perry-Lecompton 7 7 7 17 — 38
Wamego 7 14 0 0 — 21
Tonganoxie 49, Baldwin 0
In a battle between two area teams, Tonganoxie rolled to a 49-0 victory in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Chieftains scored 21 points in the first quarter and added 28 in the second period. Baldwin was held scoreless over four quarters, finishing the year with a 0-9 record. Cooper Cunningham finished with 112 rushing yards and three touchdowns for THS, which improved to 9-0 on the season.
Blake Poje completed 11-for-19 passes for 142 yards and three scores for the Chieftains. Dallas Bond came away with two touchdown grabs, netting three catches for 38 yards in the win. Sam Kleidosty also scored once, catching four passes for 60 yards. Connor Searcy led the team with 11 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Tonganoxie will host Spring Hill in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs next Friday.
Baldwin 0 0 0 0 — 0
Tonganoxie 21 28 0 0 — 49
Bonner Springs 49, Eudora 12
Eudora was eliminated in the opening round by Bonner Springs on Friday night.
The Cardinals, who were the 12th seed in the Class 4A East, suffered a 49-12 defeat to No. 5 Bonner Springs. EHS finished the year with a 3-6 clip, which actually included a 28-20 defeat to Bonner Springs in the regular season.
It was still an improvement for the Cardinals, who won just one game in 2018.
Manhattan CHIEF 34, Veritas 18
Veritas was eliminated with a 34-18 road loss to Manhattan CHIEF on Thursday night.
Adam Maurer led the way for the Eagles, finishing with 130 rushing yards and two scores. He also threw for 60 yards, while notching two interceptions on defense. Andrew Windheuser had 120 rushing yards on offense and 15 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Ben Kaiser finished with 12 tackles and one interception for VHS. Will Eagleman had 50 receiving yards and 13 stops. Calvin Clements netted a touchdown grab and tallied 10 total tackles for the Eagles.