Late score propels Collegiate by Southeast of Saline
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Trailing 22-21 with the 4th quarter clock winding down, Collegiate faced a tough task to come back and advance in the Class 3A State Playoffs; they had to move the ball 84 yards on a defense that had allowed just 46 points all season long entering the night.
But behind sophomore QB Wesley Fair, the Spartans just did that, with Fair capping it from 7 yards out on the keeper to put Collegiate up 27-22, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in handing the Trojans their first loss of the season.
The most points SES had allowed in game this season prior to Friday was 16 in the season opener against Minneapolis. Collegiate came within a point of that total in the opening 30 minutes, with Carson Phelps and Jacob Chugg each adding rushing touchdowns to give the Spartans a 15-8 lead at the break.
Collegiate allowed a passing score to the Trojans Eli Harris, but otherwise kept SES in check in the first, keeping Bryant Banks at bay out of the backfield.
After a scoreless third, Fair punched in his first rushing score of the day to put Collegiate up 21-8 early in the fourth, but then the Trojans got their offense moving. A 4th down stop of Collegiate lead to a Jaxson Gebhardt QB keeper to cut it to a 21-14 game.
The Trojans then forced a 3 and out, before Gebhardt lead them down the field, finishing the drive with his second TD through the air, hitting Tyler Breeding from 26 yards out and converting the two-point try himself to put SES back up 22-21.
But that wouldn’t hold, with Fair’s game winning score coming with under a minute to go and the Trojans final effort falling short of a win.
Southeast of Saline finishes their season with a 9-1 mark, suffering their lone loss Friday to the Spartans.
Collegiate will move on to sub-state for a rematch with district rival Andale; the Indians took that one in week 8, 43-14, good for the Spartans' lone loss of the season.
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