State football roundup
Shawnee Mission West avenged a loss to Hutchinson in the 2006 state title game with a 19-14 victory Saturday in Topeka. SMW went in front in the third quarter and used a solid performance by its defense to maintain the lead throughout the fourth quarter. The Vikings wrapped up the year at 12-1. The Salthawks, who have been in the last nine state title games, ended at 10-3.
Bishop Carroll won its first state title since 1978, and it did so in convincing fashion with a 60-21 victory against Bishop Miege in Emporia. Carroll led 40-7 at halftime and held Miege to just seven points until the fourth quarter. Carroll finished the season undefeated at 13-0, while Miege ended at 7-6.
Holton capped off its undefeated season with a 21-0 victory against Eudora in Salina. The Wildcats’ state title was their third in school history. Holton, which went 14-0 in 2012, led by just seven points at halftime, but scored once in the third quarter and again in the fourth to put the game out of reach. Eudora, ended at 12-2.
Scott City erased a 21-point deficit in a 28-21 win against perennial power Silver Lake in Hutchinson. The Beavers shut out the Eagles in the second half and took their first lead of the game on a touchdown pass with just 47 seconds remaining. SCHS finished the year at 14-0, while Silver Lake went 13-1.
Meade scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns — one in the final minute — to squeak out a 28-25 win against Centralia in Hays. Meade led by one after three quarters, but fell behind by 11 with 4:44 left in the final period. They got within six with 2:58 remaining, then regained the lead on a touchdown pass with 36 seconds on the clock. Both teams finished the season at 12-1.
8-man, Division 1
Ness City capped off its dominant postseason run with a 40-8 win against Mankato-Rock Hills in Newton. NSHS won its four playoff games by an average of 40.5 points and never scored less than 40 in any postseason contest. It finished the season at 13-0, while Rock Hills went 11-2.
8-man, Division 2
Baileyville B&B was hardly challenged on its way to an undefeated season and state title, as its 28-6 win against Thunder Ridge was its closest playoff game by a considerable margin. B&B beat its first three playoff opponents by an average of 41.7 points before its 22-point win in the title game. The team ended the year at 13-0, while Thunder Ridge checked in at 11-2.