Scott City made the big plays when it mattered most, and Conway Springs was not able to take advantage of its opportunities in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A football playoffs Saturday. Scott City emerged with a 20-7 win over Conway Springs, ending the Cardinals’ season at 11-1. Scott City now moves on to the semifinals and will play Belloit.
“It was a defensive battle and they just made some big plays,” Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler said.
One of the biggest plays of the game came late in the first half. The Cardinals drove for a touchdown, a one-yard run on fourth down by Luke Fisher – to tie the game at 7 with 1:16 left in the half.
Scott City quarterback Trey O’Neil connected with Warren Kropp for a 55-yard gain on the team’s next play from scrimmage, and that led to a 13-yard scoring strike to Sloan Baker with 31 seconds left. As a result, Conway Springs went into the locker room down seven instead of tied
Biehler said that turned out to be a very big play in the game, and was due to a blown assignment.
“But they are a balanced team,” he said of Scott City.
Conway Springs hung tough though and got into the fourth quarter still down by just seven. The Cardinals had two opportunities but could not capitalize. Early in the fourth Conway Springs gave up the ball on downs deep in Scott City territory.
Later in the quarter Scott City fumbled and Conway Springs recovered at the 31. Four passes fell incomplete and the Cardinals were not able to score.
Scott City got an interception later in the quarter, and that set up a 21-yard touchdown pass ffrom O’Neil to Brayden Strine to put the score at 20-7 with five minutes left.
Conway Sprigns was never able to get its single-wing running game going. It had its moments and ahd some short drives, but could never get a long sustained drive going.
Conway Springs had 196 yards rushing. Fisher had 72 yards on 15 carries and Travis Woods had 82 yards on 24 carries.
Biehler said he was proud of his team and the way they kept fighting.
“It is hard for them to see what they accomplished this year, right now. But in high school football, only one team ends the way they want it to,” he said.
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