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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Conway Springs advances to next round

  • Conway Springs got its running game going in the second quarter and went on to beat Kingman 34-23 Saturday night in Kingman.
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  • Conway Springs got its running game going in the second quarter and went on to beat Kingman 34-23 Saturday night in Kingman.
    Conway Springs now advances to the round of eight, and will host Scott Community High School next Friday. Scott Community beat Phillipsburg 24-21 Saturday.
    Kingman hit some big plays early on and completed a 27-yard pass for a touchdown. A two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 8-0 lead late in the first quarter. But Kingman was plagued by turnovers in the first half, two of which shifted the momentum back in favor of Conway Springs.
    Late in the first Jacob Koch intercepted a pass and returned it to the Kingman 30. Hunter Huff scored from six yards out to cut the deficit to 8-7.
    On the next possession Kingman fumbled, again giving Conway Springs a relatively short field. Conway Springs got a few yards per play and grounded a drive, capped by a two-yard run by Luke Fisher with 18 seconds left in the half. The Cardinals missed the extra point, but led 13-8.
    Fisher set up another Conway Springs score on its first possession of the second half, breaking loose for a 57-yard run. Travis Woods scored from a yard out on the next play, and the lead went to 20-8.
    Before the quarter ended Fisher again sored, this time from 35 yards out, and Conway Springs led 27-8.
    Fisher had one of his best games of the season and was the team's leading rusher with 157 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. He also had eight tackles on defense.
    "He is a tough kid who always plays hard," Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler said. "He always comes to work."
    Biehler said he was a little concerned when Kingman took an early lead, but he expected Kingman to play hard and have a good team.
    Conway Springs did wear Kingman down in the fourth quarter with its ground game.
    Travis Wood ran for 127 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. Conway Springs completed one of three passes.
    The Cardinals rolled up 343 yards of offense.
    Kingman had 129 yards passing and 134 rushing.

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