Preps notebook: Three area football teams earn a win in regular-season finale
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A trio of area football teams ended the 2020 regular season on a high note.
Perry-Lecompton bounced back from its lone loss of the season with a 52-6 victory over Santa Fe Trail on Friday. The Kaws, who went to the state championship a year ago, ended the regular season with a 7-1 record.
PLHS (No. 3 in Class 3A) scored 31 points in the first quarter alone, and got plenty of players involved in the process.
Senior Thad Metcalfe was 5-of-8 for 147 passing yards and two touchdowns in the win. He also scored twice and picked up 84 rushing yards on seven attempts. Reichen Rush recorded 84 rushing yards and two scores on five carres. Parker Stone caught two balls for 91 yards to lead the receiving attack.
Tonganoxie, the No. 2 team in Class 4A, overwhelmed Ottawa for a 49-7 road win Friday night. The Chieftains (7-1) scored all 49 points over the first three quarters, while holding the Cyclones scoreless until the final period.
As has been the case all year, senior running back Tyler Bowden led a brilliant ground game for THS. Bowden finished with 295 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. Senior quarterback Blake Poje added 159 yards and two scores through the air. Seniors James Eaton and Dallas Bond each netted a touchdown catch in the win.
Baldwin has won back-to-back games for the first time since October of 2017. The Bulldogs rolled past Osawatomie for a 40-6 home win in the regular-season finale, which came one week after recording their first win since 2018.
Baldwin (2-4) had two games canceled midway through the 2020 season, but now enters the Class 4A playoffs on a two-game win streak. Eudora, meanwhile, dropped a 20-16 decision at Spring Hill to fall to 2-6 on the year.
PERRY-LECOMPTON 54, SANTA FE TRAIL 6
Perry-Lecompton: 31 13 8 0 — 52
Santa Fe Trail 0 0 0 6 — 6
Perry-Lecompton: Reichen Rush (2): 1 yd run; 41 yd run; Thad Metcalfe (2): 1 yd run, 41 yd run; Parker Stone 80 yd pass from Metcalfe; Jaxson Folks: 2 yd run; Hunter Hess 26 yd pass from Metcalfe; Dawson Williams 55 yd Int return.
PAT: Easton Elliott 1; Brad Robb 1; Ryley Besler pass from Jaxson Folks.
Tonganoxie 49, Ottawa 7
Tonganoxie 28 14 7 0 — 49
Ottawa 0 0 0 7 — 7
State football brackets released on Saturday
With the regular season completed, area football squads officially discovered their postseason fate Saturday morning when KSHSAA released the state brackets.
Lawrence High (7-0) earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 6A West, and will take on No. 16 Wichita North (0-6) in the opening round next week. Derby, which has won two state titles in a row, is the No. 4 seed and would face LHS in the quarterfinals.
Free State (0-5) is on the other side of the 6A West bracket as the No. 15 seed. FSHS will travel to No. 2 Junction City (6-1) in the first round next week.
In Class 4A, Tonganoxie is the No. 3 seed in the East region. THS will play host to No. 14 Labette County (2-6) in the first round. Eudora is the No. 12 seed in 4A East, and will face No. 5 Kansas City Piper HS (5-3) next Friday.
In Class 3A, Perry-Lecompton will host Rock Creek (5-2) next week in its quest to get back to the state championship game. Baldwin, meanwhile, will face Jefferson West (2-4) in the opening round.
Area soccer teams prepare for postseason play
For the second year in a row, Free State and Lawrence High will square off in a win or go home situation. Regional boys soccer brackets were revealed this past week, and Free State will host Lawrence in the regional opener on Tuesday.
The Firebirds are the No. 2 seed in their region after going 10-5-1 in the regular season, while the Lions went 8-8 and are the No. 3 seed. The winner of the City Showdown will advance to the regional championship on Thursday.
These two teams met in the postseason last year, with FSHS eliminating LHS in the regional championship in a game that ultimately came down to penalty kicks.
In this year’s regular-season meeting, Free State earned a hard-fought 2-1 road win over Lawrence on Sept. 10. Junior Joon Chun scored the game-winning goal with five minutes to go in the game.
Baldwin earned the top seed in its regional after going 9-5-1 in the regular season. The Bulldogs will face either Cair Paravel or Topeka Hayden on Tuesday. In that same regional, No. 2 Bishop Seabury (7-5) will host No. 3 Eudora (6-7-1) in the first round at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
As long as Baldwin can avoid an upset, Thursday’s regional championship at BHS would then feature two area teams no matter what.