Buhler gives Andover Central a late game scare as Jags pull off narrow win

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 10:49 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Andover Central dominated the first half of the game against Buhler, keeping the Crusaders off the scoreboard. But Buhler came back from the locker room and put up 19 unanswered points.

In the end, the Jaguars offense was able to find the end zone one more time for the 21-19 win.

Andover Central’s opening drive resulted in a touchdown from senior quarterback Kai Kunz to running back Ashton Barkdull. The Jaguars stretched their lead with a freak play off of a recovered fumble.

Sep 10, 2021; Andover, Kansas, USA; during a game between Buhler and Andover Central ©KellyRoss
Sep 10, 2021; Andover, Kansas, USA; during a game between Buhler and Andover Central ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss)

Kunz threw up a hail mary pass down the field and found Brock Stupka in stride near the 50-yard line. Stupka was hit and brought down by Buhler’s Diante Campbell, who knocked the ball away before Stupka was down. But with no Crusader defenders around, Cooper Tabor scoops the ball up and sprints into the endzone to bump AC’s lead to 14-0.

Coming back from halftime, Buhler had two touchdown drives led by quarterback Bradley Neill. The first one was off a short pass to Colin Rolland who found the endzone from five yards out. The second was Neill himself, faking the handoff and running right up the middle. The missed PAT kept the Crusaders from tying up the score though, Jaguars still led 14-13.

Buhler did punch through a field goal to give them the 19-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. But with a minute left to play, a screen pass to Barkdull, who ran it in 50+ yards, gave Andover Central the lead they maintained for the final minute of the game.

“They had confidence we could do something. Because we had several drives and we just couldn’t stick it in the endzone when we needed to,” said Andover Central head coach Derek Tuttle. “We kind of shot ourselves in the foot. Give Buhler a lot of credit, it’s a great program, coach Warner does a great job and those kids played hard tonight.”

“We just keep fighting, it’s never over until it’s over, we knew we had time on the clock and we’ve got a great offense capable of anything. I had 100 percent confidence we were going to drive down and get a score on that” said AC senior running back Ashton Barkdull.

The 2-0 Andover Central Jags will travel to Eisenhower for week three while Buhler will head to Winfield.

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