HESSTON — The Phillipsburg Panthers were in complete control on both sides of the ball to claim a 47-7 win over the Hesston Swathers Friday night in the Class 3A state quarterfinals at Hobbs Stadium in Hesston.
Phillipsburg, 12-0, had three rushers over 100 yards — Treylan Gross had 14 carries for 152 yards with two touchdowns, John Gower with 17 carries for 116 yards and three touchdown and Kirk Coomes with 16 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman quarterback Ty Sides hit two of two passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. He was in the lineup for brother Trey Sides, who was injured last week.
“It was a tough matchup,” Hesston coach Tyson Bauerle said. “They were big and they were strong. Our guys played their hearts out. There were just a couple of breaks that didn’t go our way early on. High school football can be tough. It ends quickly. We had turnovers. It was a little bit of a reverse from last year.”
Last year, Hesston won 38-26, snapping an 18-game winning streak for the Panthers.
Parker Roth led Hesston with nine carries for 150 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Cox hit 11 of 29 passes for 122 yards with three interceptions. Reese Nebel had six catches for 95 yards.
Phillipsburg scored on its first three possessions of the game, all runs by Gower of three, one and one. The extra-point kick was blocked on the first score. The Panthers went for two on the second, but a bad snap led to the ball getting covered by Hesston. On the third, Jonathan Hunnacutt hit the kick.
Hesston was forced to punt on its first possession, gave up an interception on the second and lost it on downs on the third. On the fourth, Hesston got deep in Phillipsburg territory, but a run for a loss, an intentional grounding play for a 24-yard loss and a bad punt snap gave Phillipsburg the ball on the Hesston 23 with 22 seconds left in the half. Two plays later, Treylan Gross ran the ball in from seven yards out.
Phillipsburg held a 215-77 advantage in total offense.
The Panthers needed just four plays to go 64 yards to start the second half, where a 58-yard Gower run set up a six-yard Gross touchdown run. A Trey Thompson interception set up a 15-yard pass from Ty Sides to Thompson for a touchdown. Gross had a 46-yard run on the drive.
Hesston got inside the Panther 25, but fumbled it back, setting up a six-yard Gross run, which tripped the running clock.
Hesston forced a punt in the fourth quarter. Phillsburg also missed a field goal attempt.
Hesston broke the shutout on an 80-yard Roth run with 2:41 to play.
Hesston loses 11 seniors and a foreign exchange student. The Swathers do return a number of key players.
“We have a good core coming back,” Bauerle said. “They are going to work hard in the off-season.”
1q. P Gower 3-yd. run (kick failed) 6:43
2q. P Gower 1-yd. run (run failed) 9:55
2q. P Gower 1-yd. run (Hunnacutt kick) 1:41
2q. P Gross 13-yd. run (Hunnacutt kick) :07
3q. P Coomes 6-yd. run (Hunnacutt kick) 10:11
3q. P Thompson 15-yd. pass from Ty.Sides (Hunnacutt kick) 6:13
3q. P Gross 7-yd. run (Hunnacutt kick) 1:10
4q. H Roth 80-yd. run (Morales kick) 2:41
Time of poss.;29:50;18:10
RUSHING — Phillipburg: Gross 14-152, Gower 17-116, Coomes 16-103, Moon 3-28, Ty Sides 4-16, Ellis 4-13, Ragsdale 1-4, Martin 1-0. Hesston: Roth 9-150, Cox 10-25, Nebel 1-0.
PASSING — Phillipburg: Ty Sides 2-2-0, 41 yards. Hesston: Cox 11-29-3, 122 yards.
RECEIVING — Phillipburg: Pakkebier 1-26, Thompson 1-15. Hesston: Nebel 6-95, Spencer 2-16, Martin 1-9, Roth 2-2.
Missed field goals — Phi.: Hunnacutt 42 (short).