Inman scores 3 touchdowns in the second half to put an end to the Conway Springs season
INMAN, Kansas - There are some teams you see in high school football and you know they're pretty good. There are also some teams that are in a league of their own.
Inman is one of those elite teams and Conway Springs gave them a battle.
It was a tight first half and Conway Springs went into halftime with a 7-6 lead; however, Inman got into a rhythm and pulled ahead to a 26-13 win to advance to the Sub-State for the second straight year.
Heading into this game, it was all about the defense on both sides. Inman has given up a total of 34 points, while Conway Springs was giving up an average of 9.8 points per game.
The Teutons got on the board first with a one-yard touchdown from senior Kyler Konrade, which was set up by a sensational one-handed diving catch by Harrison Brunk on third and long.
Conway Springs responded to that touchdown right away. Senior Izic Billups put the offense on his back and ran for 56-yards before getting tackled at the one-yard line. On the next play, he punched it for a touchdown to give them their first lead of the game.
This would be the first time Inman has trailed all season.
Inman had many opportunities to take the lead right back, but turnovers plagued them. Luckily, the Teutons defense held up and didn't allow the Cardinals to extend their lead.
The first turnover came at the Conway Springs 30-yard line, the second turnover came on an interception near midfield from Billups, and the final one came on a play where the Teutons were three yards away from taking a lead before halftime.
Conway Springs ended up scoring zero points off those turnovers.
After forcing a turnover on downs to begin the second half, Inman stormed down the field and regained the lead. Brunk made another highlight-reel catch, but this one ended up as a 29-yard touchdown.
Inman forced a Conway Springs punt and it felt if the Teutons score, the game could be out of reach early for the Cardinals offense. Konrade added another touchdown to his stat sheet and the Teutons took a 20-7 lead late in the third quarter.
The Cardinals weren't done yet. Conway Springs didn't feel pressured to play outside of their offensive system, they ended up running the ball down the Inman defense and finished the drive with a two-yard Brayden Kunz touchdown to make it a one-possession game.
Kunz had 31 carries for the Cardinals and ran for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Conway Springs needed to get a stop if they wanted a chance to move onto the next round; however, Inman finally got into a rhythm and the Cardinals had no answer for it.
The Teutons kept getting first downs and burning the clock, then eventually they ended their drive with a one-yard touchdown from Jave Doerksen.
It was the final dagger that Inman was looking for and they began to sense another Class 1A Sub-State appearance.
Conway Springs needed a miracle to come back in the game, but it came up short. Inman ended up sealing the game with an interception and all the Teutons needed to do was take a couple of kneel-downs.
The Cardinals season comes to an end, while Inman will travel to Sedgwick (game will be played in Newton) in the Sub-State on Saturday, Nov. 19th. Sedgwick is coming off a dramatic 48-42 win over Smith Center.