South’s first score came from quarterback Chase Bell on a six-yard run. Bell's touchdown was the lone score of the first quarter, but the Mavericks warmed things up in the second scoring 28. Jesse Rogers ran for 30 yards and was the next to strike as he scored his first of three touchdowns. Later, Circle cut the deficit to seven on a Garrett Hutson three-yard run.
The scoring calmed down in the third quarter as the Mavericks scored only one touchdown. Again it was Rogers running the ball, 28 yards for his final touchdown of the night. Circle scored two more times in the game as Hutson connected to Zach Nelson for a 22-yard touchdown pass and Drake Fox scored on a 29-yard run. South’s final score came as Korie Frausto ran 53 yards for the score.
Maize South head coach Brent Pfeifer said his team started slow, but came out with more than just a district title.
“Since it was a short week for us, we did not come out playing early in the game, but we played better as the game went on,” Pfeifer said. “We got a lot of kids in this game and that was good.”
Individually leaders for the Mavericks were Rogers with 12 carries for 106 yards and three touchdowns, Bell was five of nine with 96 yards and two touchdowns, while Orth was the leading receiver with one catch for 42 yards and a touchdown.
For Circle, Hutson was the leading rusher with 20 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown, he was also eight of 18 for 191 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. Nelson was the leading receiver with four catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Circle finished the year with a record of 1-8. Maize South moves on with an 8-1 record and will host Topeka Hayden on Tuesday. Hayden was the runner-up in District 9 behind Holton.
Coach Pfeifer believes that a home game in the post season is exactly what the Mavericks have been waiting for.
“I’m excited that we are hosting a first round game,” Pfeifer said. “We have been on the road in the first round the last two seasons. We will be ready.”