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Garden Plain wins defensive battle with Kingman

Published: Oct. 9, 2020 at 11:53 PM CDT
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KINGMAN, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Despite finishing the game without a single passing yard, Garden Plain’s ground game late was enough to push the Owls past Kingman Friday 14-10.

The game was highlighted by stops defensively for the majority of the opening half, with Kingman’s Nolan Freund throwing for two interceptions in the first 3:15 of play. Good news for the Eagles, however, came from their defense. Neither turnover turned into points for the Owls, the second drive a 4th down stop inside the Eagle 10 yard line.

The momentum from that stop carried over to the offensive side of the ball, with Seth Krehbiel carrying the load with a big carry to set up his own 7 yard score to lead the second quarter. That was it offensively for the half, as Freund threw his third of four interceptions, and a second fourth down stop from Kingman ended the Owl drive.

After halftime, the scoring got going. Kingman extended their lead to 10-0, but less than 20 second later Garden Plain finally added their first points, with Jebadiah Nowak breaking away for a 54 yard score. The 10-7 spread stuck until Garden Plain’s offense added what turned out to be the game winning score on a run from Reed Adelhardt. Kingman had a final shot at retaking the lead, but the Owls again held defensively to clinch their fifth win of the season.

The win for the Owls puts them in position to win the Class 2A district 6 title; they sit at 3-0 in their district with games against Belle Plaine and Bluestem remaining. Kingman drops to 2-1 in district and 4-2 overall, but controls their own destiny if they’re to host a playoff game in week 9.

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