Local teams play for state championships

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CLASS 6A

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) – Dan Dawdy threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns, Blayten Tullis kicked the go-ahead field goal with 27 seconds left and Derby beat Blue Valley 17-14 for the Kansas 6A state title on Saturday.

Brody Kooser added 139 yards rushing for the Panthers (13-0), who also beat the Tigers (12-1) in last year’s title game. It was the third championship for Derby and second in four years.

Matthew Dercher threw for 225 yards for Blue Valley, and connected with Harrison VanDyne on the final play of the first half to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead.

But the Panthers stiffened on defense in the second half, and Dercher was picked off by Tanner Igo in the final minute as Derby ran its winning streak to 23 consecutive games.

CLASS 5A

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) – Mill Valley took advantage of a missed extra point by Goddard in overtime, scoring a touchdown and converting its own point-after for a 35-34 victory Saturday in the Kansas 5A state championship.

Brody Flaming threw for 200 yards and five touchdowns, including a 10-yard pass to Evan Rice in overtime, as the Jaguars (9-4) capped a remarkable turnaround following four losses early in the season.

Goddard (11-2) forced overtime when Blake Young scored from 1 yard out with 4:10 left in regulation, then converted a 2-point conversion to knot the game at 28-all.

The Lions got the ball first in overtime and Blake Sullivan hit Jordan Cooke for a touchdown, but the missed extra point proved to be costly.

Kody Gonzalez had 188 yards and two touchdowns rushing for Goddard, which lost to Pittsburg in its only other title appearance. Sullivan added 150 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

CLASS 4A-I

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Carter Putz threw for 343 yard and five touchdowns, three of them going to Jafar Armstrong, and Bishop Miege rolled to a 53-21 victory over Buhler on Saturday in the Kansas 4A-I title game.

Landry Weber also had a touchdown for the Stags (12-1), who lost their opener to 6A state runner-up Blue Valley before ripping off 12 straight wins. That included a 52-0 blowout of Basehor-Linwood in the semifinals that gave Bishop Miege a shot at its third consecutive state title.

Bishop Miege roared to a big lead against Buhler (11-2), shutting down the Crusaders’ offense well into the third quarter. By the time Ben Epps threw a 33-yard TD pass to Dalton Smyres, it was 46-7.

It was still a positive step in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Crusaders, whose only other loss came to Collegiate in September.

CLASS 4A-II

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – Travis Thies piled up 261 yards and four touchdowns to lead Pratt to a 48-14 victory over Hayden in the Kansas 4A-II state championship game Saturday.

The Greenbacks (12-1), who were just 4-5 a year ago, were never challenged by their rival from Topeka in winning their first state championship in 21 years.

Pratt, which has dominated teams on the ground all season, also beat defending champion Holcomb in the semifinals, scoring two touchdowns in the final 6:08 to win reach the title game.

Hayden (8-5), which beat Holton in the semifinals, started the season 1-4 before coach Bill Arnold’s team rattled off seven straight wins. But the Wildcats couldn’t slow down the Pratt offense as they tried for their fourth state title and first since 2008.

CLASS 3A

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – Jacob Bradshaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, including a 10-yard run in overtime, to give Rossville a 48-42 victory over Hesston in the Kansas 3A state title game Saturday.

Bradshaw was 11 of 16 for 148 yards while adding 275 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs (12-1), who won their second state championship in the past three years. Dawson Hammes added 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Cole Schumacher had nine catches for 135 yards and three scores.

Hesston (10-3) took a 42-35 lead on Zachary Esau’s touchdown run with 4:38 left in the game, but Rossville marched 70 yards to set up Dawson’s touchdown run and force overtime.

Esau threw for two touchdowns and ran for two touchdowns to lead the Swathers, who lost three of their first four games before reaching their first title game since 1992.

CLASS 2A

HAYS, Kan. (AP) – Reid Greaser threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the third quarter, to help Troy beat Plainville 28-24 on Saturday in the Kansas 2-1A championship game.

Brody Winder had five catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans (13-0), who were making their second straight trip to the title game. Cuttar Huss and Tyler Franken also had TD catches.

Plainville (11-2) led 17-14 at halftime before Franken’s touchdown catch gave Troy the lead. The Cardinals grabbed the lead back on Riley Nyp’s 3-yard TD run before Greaser connected with Winder on an 82-yard touchdown reception that proved to be the difference.

Hayden Friend had 109 yards rushing for Plainville, which rebounded from a 3-6 record a year ago to reach its first title game since 1985. Nyp finished with two touchdown runs.