Hays defeats Andover in defensive battle
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - A battle of the run games and the defenses…the hay’s Indians coming out on top over Andover…constant pressure on the Trojans quarterback was a huge key to Hays 18-6 win and regional championship.
“We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game with running the football and both just two great defenses out there and two really good run games so we were trying to see who could negate the other,” said Hays head coach Tony Crough. “We took our lumps against some really good offenses a couple weeks ago. So these last couple weeks they’ve shown who they are again and rebounded.”
A couple minutes before halftime, it was still a scoreless game until Jaren Kanak ran the ball into the endzone with the quarterback keeper. The Indians took the first lead of the game, 6-0 after a missed extra point.
Andover’s Brady Strauz was pressured all night long. He saw the pocket collapsing so he tried to break out and shake off defenders. But Strauz got slammed by Gavin Meyers. And with less than a minute left in the half, the Trojans continue to try and get some points on the board.
Back from the locker room, Kanak kept the ball again and he broke a few tackles and took it down the sideline, in for another Indians touchdown. That made it a 12-0 game.
Hays would run the ball the entire night. Kanak peeled outside and added another touchdown to the Indians total to make it 18-0. Hays struggled to find the extra points following touchdowns, whether it be PATs or 2-point conversions.
In the fourth quarter, Andover finally got something going on offense. Strauz launched a rocket down the field and the perfect pass right into Xadrian Carbajal’s arms to finally put the Trojans on the board. But that’s all the Trojans could muster, Hays won 18-6 final.
Hays will face Maize next week in the sectional round of playoffs.
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