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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Sedgwick edges Hillsboro in playoffs

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  • HILLSBORO — In a battle between two of the most potent offenses in Class 3A football, it came down to extra points Saturday as the Sedgwick Cardinals downed the Hillsboro Trojans 38-34 at Joel H. Wiens Stadium in the second round of the playoffs. Sedgwick, 10-1, takes on Beloit at 7 p.m. Friday in Sedgwick. Hillsboro ends the season 10-1. Sedgwick made four of five two-point conversions. Hillsboro made two of three two-point conversions and missed two extra-point kicks. “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times with turnovers and penalties,” Sedgwick coach Jeff Werner said. “That was our message to our kids at halftime. We just needed to relax and not make those plays. A lot of those, the kids were just were excited to play.” Sedgwick was led by Logan Thompson with 215 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Dalton Brandt rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns. “We knew coming in, it was going to be a close game,” Thompson said. “We needed every point we could get. We knew they were a pretty good passing team. We had to stop (Shaq Thiessen). We also had to stop (Tyrell Thiessen) up the middle. Our offense had the outside running game going pretty good.” Sedgwick senior Drake Standifer had two interceptions and caught two passes from Thompson for two-point conversions. “(The first interception) was a big game-changer,” Standefer said. “We knew (Shaq Thiessen) could catch the ball. I just tried to stay on top of it. I saw the ball go in the air. I fought to come down with it. It really changed the tone of how the defense played. (The two-point conversions) were big. Our quarterback read the defenses pretty well. Once he saw me open, he threw it too me. I just had to catch it.” Hillsboro quarterback Tyler Proffitt hit 21 of 34 passes for 237 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Proffittt added a rushing touchdown. Tyrell Thiessen had seven carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Evan Ollenburger had seven catches for 86 yards and a score. Shaq Thiessen added seven catches for 77 yards. Hillsboro turned the ball over on its first possession, setting up 15-yard scoring run for Thompson. On the next play from scrimmage, Tyrell Thiessen rumbled in for a 63-yard touchdown run. Each team missed its PAT attempt. Sedgwick scored on a long drive, ending on a three-yard Brandt run. Thompson hit Standifer on a pass for the two-point conversion. The Cardinals then made a defensive stop, but turned the ball back over on its own nine, setting up a nine-yard run for Tyrell Thiessen. Proffitt hit Shaq Thiessen for the two-point conversion. A fumbled punt set up four-yard Thomson run. Thompson hit Standifer for another two-point conversion. Sedgwick had another chance to score before the half, but had three 15-yard penalties to kill the drive. Sedgwick got to the Hillsboro four to open the second half, where the Cardinals turned the ball over on an interception at the one. Hillsboro then went 99 yards the other way, scoring on a 37-yard pass from Proffitt to Ollenburger on a fourth-and-long play. Tyrell Thiessen ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game. Shaq Thiessen intercepted Thompson on the next play from scrimmage. The Sedgwick defense held, setting up a 26-yard scoring run for Brandt. Thompson ran in the two-point conversion. Hillsboro came back with a long drive that ended on a seven-yard Proffitt run. The two-point conversion attempt was stopped, keeping Sedgwick up by two. Hillsboro converted on a long third-down play and a long fourth-down play to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Brandt ran the ball in from 61 yards, but the score was called back for a block in the back. Sedgwick overcame the penalty, scoring on a five-yard Thompson run with 3:47 in regulation. Thompson ran in the two-point conversion to put the Cardinals up by 10. Sedgwick gambled with an on-side kick, which the Trojans recovered at their own 45. It took Hillsboro just six plays to score on a 30-yard pass from Proffitt to Ollenberger. The PAT kick missed low. Sedgwick recovered a squib kick and was able to run out the clock. “Our kids played hard,” Werner said. “It’s a heck of a win. This is the furthest a Sedgwick team has gone in the playoffs. We’re in elite company in the state.” Beloit enters this week’s game 11-0, stopping Holcomb 60-8. “Coming into this season, I knew they would be one of the teams to beat in 3A,” Werner said. “They have a lot coming back. It will be a heck of a challenge. We’ll get back to work on Monday to get ready for the game on Friday. We just have to keep kids healthy. Our quarterback has only played there five weeks now. We’re going to have to throw the ball against Beloit, so we’ll have some things to work on. That’s going to be the focus this week in practice.” “We have to click on all cylanders,” Thompson said. “They are a pretty big, tough team,” Standefer said. “We’re going to have to hit it hard in practice to prepare for them. They’re pretty good, but we’re pretty good too. We have to stop the run better. Our line is pretty tough. If we can stop the run, we should do pretty good.” Sedgwick 14 8 8 8 —38 Hillsboro 14 0 8 12 —34 Scoring 1q. S Thompson 15-yd. run (run failed) 8:39 1q. H T.Thiessen 63-yd. run (kick failed) 8:22 1q. S Brandt 3-yd. run (Standifer pass from Thompson) 1:43 1q. H T.Thiessen 9-yd. run (S.Thiessen pass from Proffitt) :01.6 2q. S Thompson 4-yd. run (Standifer pass from Thompson) 6:48 3q. H Ollenberger 37-yd. pass from Proffitt (T.Thiessen run) 4:28 3q. S Brandt 26-yd. run (Thompson run) :20.8 4q. H Proffitt 7-yd. run (run failed) 8:59 4q. S Thompson 5-yd. run (Thompson run) 3:47 4q. H Ollenberger 30-yd. pass from Proffitt (kick failed) 2:38 Team stats Sed. Hil. First downs 26 15 Rushing-yards 56-351 20-115 Passing yards 55 237 Comp-att-int 8-14-2 21-34-3 Punts-avg. 3-22.0 2.29.0 Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 7-70 6-60 Time of poss. 30:39 17:21 Individual stats RUSHING — Sedgwick: Thompson 31-215, Brandt 25-136. Hillsboro: T.Thiessen 7-79, Proffitt 10-36, S.Thiessen 1-2, Ollenburger 1-1, Sinclair 1-(-3). PASSING — Sedgwick: Thompson 8-14-2, 55 yards. Hillsboro: Proffit 21-34-3, 237 yards. RECEIVING — Sedgwick: Standefer 3-21, Liby 2-13, Griggs 1-10, Weber 1-6, Anderson 1-5. Hillsboro: Ollenburger 7-86, S.Thiessen 7-77, T.Thiessen 5-37, Sinclair 2-37. Missed field goals — none.  

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