Maize South overcomes Heights and injuries to keep playoff hopes alive
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A statement win for Maize south over Heights, shutting out the Falcons into the fourth Quarter with several starters out due to injury. That defensive performance gave the offense life with a freshman quarterback getting his first start, who lead the Mavs to a 48-21 victory.
“After last week, the morale was pretty low, seeing three seniors in crutches on Monday was a tough blow,” said Maize South head coach Bret Pfeifer. “And we’ve had a lot of sophomores and one freshman to step into some roles that they hadn’t been in before and pick this team up a little bit.”
“The last three games we weren’t really all that, we weren’t going 100 percent. So, we just wanted this week to have that fuel and just go 100 percent,” said Maize South senior running back Evan Cantu. “It’s playoffs, it’s win or die. I’m so proud of them for that, they watched film and they got it.”
“Evan gives you 150 percent every Friday,” said Pfeifer. “If there’s a better back, I don’t know who it is because he’s phenomenal to watch. He makes plays and makes cuts that I don’t know if I’ve seen anyone do it in years.”
In the first quarter, Cantu on the carry and he plowed through tackles but before he was brought down, Adrian Patterson stripped the ball. Heights came away with the fumble recovery.
Mavs defense crushed the Falcons hopes of converting that turnover into anything though. Tate McNew found Sammy Dresie in the endzone for the score. Maize South on the board first 7-0.
McNew aired it out and hit Braxton Bigley in route for the touchdown. Bigley spinning his way across the line to extend the Mavs lead 14-0.
Chase Harris on the kick return, he was brought down but the ball came out. Conner Neill jumped on it and it was ruled a Mavs fumble recovery.
That led to a scoring play for Maize South. Cantu took the ball outside, beat the edge and added more points for Maize South, 21-0.
Cantu would be the go-to all night. He took the ball up the middle and found the endzone again. That gave the Mavs a comfy lead going into the half, 27-0. Cantu ended the night with a school record of 403 rushing yards. He also had five touchdowns to tie the school’s single game rushing TD record.
With this first round stats, Cantu has just under two thousand rushing yards so far on the season, nearly 24 hundred total yards and 26 touchdowns.
Jump to the fourth quarter, Patterson got the pass in the flat and took it down the sideline. He weaved around defenders and in the endzone for Heights’ first points of the game.
But Maize South would go on to win 48-21.
Maize South will face a very tough Kapaun Mt. Carmel game in next week’s regional playoff round.
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