Penalties and turnovers plagued the Sedgwick Cardinals throughout the first 3 and a half quarters, but their ability to take charge of the line of scrimmage allowed them to succeed in holding off a tough Hillsboro team, 38-34.
In their home stadium Hillsboro wouldn’t go away. Sedgwick never trailed throughout the entirety of the game, but when the Cardinals scored a penalty or turnover would put Hillsboro right back in it. Sedgwick fought these turnovers all game as well drive crippling penalties.
The head coach of Sedgwick, Jeff Werner talked about their penalty woes, “We shot ourselves in the foot with some penalties and we had to overcome (them).”
Coach Werner recognized they had just beaten a team in the Hillsboro Trojans that was 10-0 and hadn’t lost all season, “They’re the best team we’ve seen this season.”
Sedgwick made it a two possession game with a 5 yard run by Logan Thompson leaving the Trojans less than 4 minutes in the fourthquarter. Hillsboro had one thing on their mind, score quickly. With several quick, intermediate length passes Hillsboro found themselves on the Cardinal 30 yard line. Tyler Proffitt’s 30 yard TD pass to Evan Ollenburger brought the Trojans back within 4 points of Sedgwick’s 38 points.
With just 2 and a half minutes left in the game Hillsboro needed an onside kick miracle for a chance to with the game. Sedgwick wouldn’t allow it covering up the desperation kick and sealing their victory.
“Our guys did a great job hanging in there, they’re a high powered offense and we held on at the end, but when we needed a couple key first downs our line really got down in the trenches and got it done.” Coach Werner said as he couldn’t contain his excitement when he discussed his Cardinals close out victory.
The Sedgwick Cardinals go on to face the another Trojan team and host Beloit on Friday, November 9in the next round of the 3A State Championship playoffs. Beloit beat the Holcomb Longhorns 60-8 just before this game went final.
Werner knows his team has to play an almost perfect game next week if they want to move on, “Going into the season I thought Beloit would probably be the best team in 3A so we’re getting the draw of probably the team we have to beat to go to the state title.”
He wouldn’t’ get ahead of himself however saying that he’s going to let his team enjoy this win for the time being, “this is the furthest any Sedgwick teams ever been,” knowing how difficult it is to get to this point he knows his team deserves to celebrate.