Maize blows out rival Maize South to advance in playoffs
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Maize South drew first blood in this regional playoff game but Maize’s offense lit a fuse in the first half, taking a 14-point lead into the break. After that, they never looked back. And with the help of their defense, Maize scored the Mavericks by 32 points; 59-27.
Maize will host Bishop Carroll next Friday in the 5A state quarterfinals.
Maize head coach Gary Guzman said, “Our defense had to step up, that’s a very good offense and we came up with four interceptions so that was big for us and our offense was obviously able to take advantage of some of those turnovers.”
Maize Sophomore quarterback Avery Johnson said, “Josh in open space and an o-line opening up huge gaps is just the perfect duo.”
Senior linebacker Kyle Haas said, “Oh just full speed. I know the last time we played them, we started off a little slow, I don’t think we really got off the bus. And I think just speeding up our defense so our conditioning is up.”
“No it really just felt like a Maize Eagles football, nothing too special and I just hope we continue doing it. Last time I played Bishop Carroll, I lost. So this time, I want to win," said senior running back Joshua Sanders.
Maize won this rivalry game in the regular season. The second time around, Colin Shields found Jake Johnson in the end zone to put the Mavs up early in the rematch.
Then a rush by Josh Sanders for the touchdown evened things at 7 a piece.
With a long field to travel, Avery Johnson handed it off to Sanders who slipped some tackles and broke out into the open field. He went down the sideline and found the end zone after a 90+ yard run. Eagles go up 14-7.
Maize laid on the gas.. Johnson scrambled and perfectly placed it between three defenders to Jacob Hanna. Maize then led 21-14.
A blocked Maize South punt by Kyle Haas set the Eagles up for a touchdown which was ran in by Johnson.
A touchdown to Evan Cantu before the half gave Maize South 14 points which they would hold onto until the fourth quarter.
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