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TMP-Marian wins first playoff game since 2002

Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 12:06 AM CDT
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HAYS, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Thomas More Prep-Marian Monarchs won their first playoff game in almost two decades with a 42-18 defeat of the Minneapolis Lions.

The two teams met at Lewis Field on the campus of Fort Hays State University for a week nine bracket game in the Class 2A Playoffs.

Minneapolis entered the night with a .500 record of 4-4. They won the toss and deferred to the second half.

TMP took the ball but was not able to make it past the Lion 35 yard line.

Minneapolis took the ball and went three and out.

The Monarchs’ next possession ended on the fourth play as Jonathan Lowe of Minneapolis intercepted a Kade Harris pass for a touchback.

On the Lions’ second play, second and ten from the 20-yard line, Gabe Hueser dropped back to throw a pass. TMP’s Kenton Ginther jumped into action.

“We did a great job during the week preparing for it,” said Ginther. “I had a feeling in my gut it was going to happen. I saw the quarterback turn to his left and looked that way, and I went with the flow.” Kenton batted at the pass and knocked it into the air. He tracked the ball and caught it.

Ginther then ran the 20-yards to score his first-ever touchdown and the first points of the night. TMP lined up as if to kick the extra point. Instead, holder Kade Harris picked up the ball and rolled out. He found an open Kenton Ginther in the end zone to add two more points to the score.

After receiving the kickoff, the Lions got to a third and five situation on the 30-yard line. Again, Gabe Hueser threw a pass. And again, a Monarch intercepted it. This time Jace Wentling took the ball away from a receiver. Wentling then ran almost 40-yards to score another touchdown. This time David Fouz kicked the extra point to give the Monarchs a 15-0 lead.

TMP’s next score came with 5:32 remaining in the second quarter. Kade Harris found Mark Rack for a 58-yard touchdown reception. David Fouz made the extra point to extend the lead to 22-0 over the Lions.

Four minutes later, Harris found Jace Wentling on a 46-yard reception. David Fouz added the extra point to give the Monarchs a 29-0 lead going into halftime.

Minneapolis went three and out to start the second half.

TMP scored on the next possession with an Andrew Schwartz 18-yard touchdown run. Fouz added another extra point to set the advantage at 36-0.

Griffin Schumacher scored TMP’s last touchdown of the night with a run from 19-yards out. Fouz missed the extra point. The score stood at 42-0 Monarchs.

On the next Lions’ possession, Gabe Hueser tossed the ball to Braylon Smith, who found an open Jonathan Lowe in the middle of the field. Lowe ran the ball in for a touchdown on a 47-yard play. The Lions then missed the two-point conversion, but they were on the board 42-6.

Hueser connected with Lowe for a 43-yard touchdown reception with under three minutes to go.

Hueser scored the last points of the night himself on a 29-yard run with two seconds left on the clock.

The final score was 42-18.

Hueser ended the night with five completions on nine pass attempts for 70 yards and one touchdown pass. He also threw three interceptions, including two returned for a touchdown.

Kade Harris for TMP went 3 of 5 for 109 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Minneapolis’ season ends with a 4-5 record.

The win was Thomas More Prep-Marian’s first playoff win since the 2002 season.

TMP will travel to face Hoisington in the next round of the 2A playoffs. “We’ve got to stop one player, their running back Legend Robinson,” said Kenton Ginther. “He’s from what we’ve seen he’s a lot of their team. We’ve just got to worry about stopping him and force them to pass on us.”

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