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Derby cruises past Junction City, returns to championship for 7th straight year

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 10:37 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - After dropping it’s first game of the season and battling COVID-19 cancellations all season, Derby football is heading back to the 6A State Championship game for the third year in a row after beating Junction City by 35 points.

Derby’s head coach Brandon Clark said, “For me personally, it’s going to be a sad week. I know we’re competing for a state championship game but this team is so much fun. They are so much fun to be around, it’s a blessing every day to spend time with them. And knowing that next week is going to be the last week, it’s going to be tough.”

Derby’s senior defensive back Tanner Knox said, “It feels amazing, state is what we’ve been working for all year and now we’re finally there so it’s freakin’ awesome.”

“They’ve shown so much improvement from week one, from week six or whatever that week was when we lost, these kids still believed in each other, they came closer and closer and like I said, it’s a fun group to coach,” said Clark. “And they believe in each other, they believe in themselves and they’re riding confidence right now.”

Derby’s senior quarterback Lem Wash said, “The energy is sky high, we’ve been through a lot, we lost two games because of COVID, we had to sit out for another two weeks, it’s just been a lot of adversity. For us to overcome it and to get back to where we’re going, it’s very special.”

The panthers will be competing for their third straight 6A State title in Olathe next Saturday taking on Blue Valley North.

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