Holton wallops Hayden in football semifinals
The tables turned dramatically Friday in Topeka.
Holton traveled to the capital city to take on Hayden in a Class 4A substate playoff game.
Both teams entered the game with 12-0 records, but the game didn't become the classic contest it was supposed to be. Holton left Hayden with a 41-0 blowout victory.
Just two weeks ago, Hayden traveled to Tonganoxie for a second-round playoff game. On that occasion, Hayden defeated the home team by an identical 41-0 score.
Holton snapped Hayden's 26-game winning streak and prevented Hayden from winning back-to-back state titles. Holton, meanwhile, hopes to win its second title in three years when it plays in the state championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Salina Central Stadium in Salina against Ulysses (12-1). UHS defeated Andale, 7-6, in its substate game Friday.
Although classes 6A through 2-1A will finish their seasons this Saturday, eight-man divisions I and II played their title games last Saturday in Russell.
South Barber defeated Hope, 30-12 and finished a perfect 13-0 for the Division I title. In Division II, Waverly defeated Palco, 50-26, and finished its championship season with a 12-1 record.
In 6A, Olathe East (12-0) and Hutchinson (11-1) will meet in the state title game at 11 a.m. Saturday at Topeka's Hummer Sports Complex.
In 5A, Salina Central (12-0) and Blue Valley-Stillwell (11-1) will play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Welch Stadium on the Emporia State campus.
Silver Lake (13-0) will play Southeast of Saline (12-1) in the 3A title game at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka.
And in 2-1A, St. Marys-Colgan of Pittsburg (13-0) will play Smith Center (13-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Field on the Fort Hays State campus.