Schlagle lost to Blue Valley Southwest 37-14 in the KSHSAA 5A regional final on Friday night, the Timberwolves’ second playoff victory over a KCKPS school in as many weeks.
Schlagle looked to running back Jaylin Richardson for rushing yards in the opening drives, but the Timberwolves contained him in the backfield and didn’t allow him to break free. On offense, Blue Valley Southwest focused on their own ground game, able to get solid gains up the middle and pulling out to a 14-0 lead.
On later drives, the Stallions had much better fortune through the air, getting Richardson out on the edge with swing passes, and targeting receiver Jermaine Hicks on deep throws. Hicks caught a 15-yard toss from quarterback Josh Becton with a minute remaining in the first quarter. Becton connected with Manowa Ngenzirabona for the 2-point conversion to pull within 14-8.
The Stallions kept the momentum going with a fumble recovery on the next Timberwolves drive, but weren’t able to cash in the opportunity. Southwest put together two touchdown drives in the second quarter and held a 28-8 halftime lead.
Schlagle got the first possession of the second half, but an interception gave the Timberwolves a short field and the first score of the half, a field goal for a 31-8 lead.
Cameron Campbell caught a touchdown throw from Becton with 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter for the final 37-14 result.
Schlagle ends the season with a 5-4 record, in a three-way tie for second place in the Kansas City-Atchison League.
Three other Wyandotte County teams also ended their seasons last night. Bonner Springs traveled to Bishop Miege, losing 57-8 to last year’s 4A champions. Piper played at undefeated Paola and lost 42-14. Wyandotte played at Olathe North in the 6A regional final, losing 56-13.
Central Avenue was lit up Saturday evening with the brilliant colors and macabre costumes of the Dia de Muertos parade, sponsored by the Central Avenue Betterment Association.
The size of the crowd and the parade have increased significantly in the past two years, and a large crowd lined both sides of the avenue. Musicians and food and craft vendors were also featured up and down Central with activities going on from 3 until 9 p.m.
The Bonner Springs Braves moved on to the second round of the KSHSAA 4A football playoffs with a 49-12 thumping of the Eudora Cardinals on Friday night.
Running back Bryce Krone scored four touchdowns in the game. Krone gained 244 yards on 13 carries to push his season total over the 2,100 yard mark.
Quarterback Johnathon Tapia completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to receiver Rishaud Dockery. Armani Washington caught 3 passes for 106 yards to lead the receivers.
The Braves also scored on special teams when Peyton Parks blocked a first quarter field goal attempt by the Cardinals. Armani Washington retrieved the block and returned it 91 yards for a Braves touchdown.
Bonner Springs will play at Bishop Miege High School in the second round next Friday at 7:00 PM.
In other 4A playoff action, Piper came back from a 30-18 halftime deficit to defeat Basehor-Linwood 56-47. The Pirates will play at Paola next Friday.
In the 5A playoffs, Turner lost to De Soto 62-22. Washington lost to Blue Valley Southwest 31-6. Schlagle defeated Sumner Academy 61-13 and advances to play Blue Valley Southwest at Schlagle Stadium.
In the 6A playoffs, Wyandotte defeated Harmon 51-30, and will travel to Olathe North in the second round next week.