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Kingman holds off Garden Plain to reach 2A sectionals

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 12:00 AM CDT
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KINGMAN, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Kingman Eagles won the Class 2A Regional Playoff game with the Garden Plain Owls 28-21.

The Owls faced the Eagles for the second time this season. Kingman won the Week 6 game played at Garden Plain 10-7 in overtime.

Garden Plain won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Kingman received the kickoff at their 33-yard line. They ended up gaining only five yards and going three and out.

Garden Plain reeled off three consecutive first downs to make it to the Kingman 16-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

Kingman took over on their 15-yard line. After two incompletions, Nolan Freund threw 16 and 36-yard completions to set up first and ten from the Garden Plain 33-yard line.

On the very next play, Fruend lateraled the ball to Carter Helm. Helm wound up for a halfback pass and found Geoff Holloway to complete a 33-yard touchdown play.

Nolan Freund added the extra point to give Kingman a 7-0 lead.

Garden Plain made it to the Kingman 36-yard line before having to punt.

Kingman took over the ball on the 20-yard line. A 41-yard completion from Freund to Carter Helm got the Eagles to the 17-yard line. After a one-yard gain, Freund looked to pass on the next play but instead tucked the ball in and scrambled until a seam opened. He followed that seam into the end zone for the Eagles’ second touchdown of the night.

Freund added the extra point to make it 14-0.

On the Eagles’ next possession, Freund threw his first touchdown pass of the night by finding Avery Albright for a 17-yard completion.

Midway through the second quarter, Kingman held a 21-0 lead.

With less than two minutes to go in the first half, Garden Plain got on the board. John Stuhlsatz rushed for nine yards, and Seth Dugan added the extra point after. The Owls trailed 21-7.

Both teams did not score on the first possessions of the second half. On Garden Plain’s second turn with the ball, they cut further into the Eagle lead.

The Owls started the drive from the Eagle 27-yard line. Garden Plain used six plays to set up a Reed Adlehardt touchdown to trim the Eagle lead to 21-14 after the Seth Dugan extra point.

With thoughts of another overtime game looming, Kingman knew they needed a response. After going three and out, Kingman’s Avery Albright intercepted a Reed Adelhardt pass. Kingman started at the 49-yard line.

After reaching the Owls’ 28-yard line, Nolan Freund threw his second touchdown pass of the night when he found Carter Helm in the endzone. Tommy Fenato added the extra point this time to make it 28-14.

Garden Plain fumbled the ball on the Kingman 27-yard line. Nolan Freund then threw an interception to Teagen Daerr. The Owls went to work from the Kingman 40-yard line.

Reed Adelhardt capped the nine-play drive with a six-yard rush for a touchdown. Seth Dugan added this third extra point of the night.

Kingman’s lead stood at 28-21.

Garden Plain looked to jump on the momentum swing with an on-side kick. The kick went to Kingman’s Gunnar Scripsick, and he immediately fell on it.

Kingman had less than five minutes of clock to kill and the ball on the Owls’ 40-yard line. The Eagles turned to Carter Helm as running back. He carried the seven times on the final drive. Helm accounted for three first downs to keep the ball in the home team’s hands.

Kingman moved the ball down to the Garden Plain 23-yard line before going into the victory formation.

Garden Plain’s Reed Adelhardt carried the ball 35 times for a total of 251 yards and two touchdowns. He also fumbled the ball twice. Adelhardt also accounted for four completions on eight passes for 76 yards and an interception.

Nolan Freund of Kingman threw for 274 yards on 12 of 26 passes. He threw two touchdowns and one interception. Avery Albright caught five passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.

“I’m proud of our team and the way we fight, even when we were down,” said Kingman Head Coach Tanner Hageman. “We needed every yard tonight, we needed every big play, and every tackle. Our guys responded. We were missing a lot of our starters Monday and Tuesday. We pieced together a gameplan on Wednesday. For them to come out and execute like they did and get a good win. I’m really proud of our team. "

The 9-1 Kingman Eagles will now travel to Hays to take on the Thomas More Prep-Marian Monarchs next Friday evening.

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