By: Conor Nicholl for Kpreps.com
NEWTON – In the season’s first three months, Spearville had used a huge first or second quarter run to build big leads.
On Saturday, Spearville again delivered a massive second quarter run en route to a 62-16 win against Hanover in the Eight-Man, Division I sub-state championship game at Newton’s Fischer Field. The game was tied at 16 with 5 minutes, 52 seconds remaining before intermission.
Then, Spearville scored 30 unanswered points before the break. The game ended with 2 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third quarter by the 45-point mercy rule.
“We got a couple of quick stops,” Spearville coach Matt Fowler said. “Once we got a couple of quick stops, it was kids making plays. We have such good athletes in all spots that we just kind of come at you in waves and waves and waves, and if you ever pick a play where you try to relax, then it can start snowballing on you in a hurry, and I think that’s what happened right towards the end of the half.”
Spearville, led by its big play ability with it run-heavy single-wing offense, had four scores of at least 38 yards in the first half.
“Our coach, I think he is the best coach in the state of Kansas,” senior quarterback Nathan Stein said. “He gets us more prepared than anybody I know. He says, ‘He prepares the supper for us, we’ve just got to come out and eat.’”
The Lancers finished 13-0 and captured the first football title in school annals. Hanover went 12-1 and collected its second straight runner-up finish.[ Read More At Kpreps.com ]