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Buhler outmatched by Andover Central’s offense in 4A sub-state game

Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 12:00 AM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Andover Central and Buhler meet in week 2 this season and two points gave the Jaguars the win that night.

After that week 2 game, Central’s coach Derek Tuttle said he knew they’d run into the Crusaders again. And he was right, But this time the score was not nearly as close, as the Jags won 42-21.

Andover Central’s head coach Derek Tuttle said, “Well we got up early with some big scores on some big runs, our running game really sprung us well so we’re excited about that, how we got on the scoreboard early.”

“It’s definitely a different outcome, we came out firing, our coaches prepared us well,” said AC senior quarterback Kai Kunz. “I’d love to give a congrats to the o-line, they played their butts off tonight, they played great.”

“Our offensive line has done an outstanding job this year, those guys have really created some good holes,” said coach Tuttle. “Then you have some explosive kids like Kia and Ashton that really make somethings happen. So, that’s been a big difference.”

On the second play of the game, Buhler’s Dalin Coffey got the sack on Kai Kunz. But that would be as good as it got for Buhler’s defense in the first half.

But next play, Kunz answered with a breakout run down the field off the QB keeper. He ran it in for the touchdown to put the Jags on the board quick 7-0.

Bradley Neill went to the air attack as he looked for the first down but Noah Garcia stepped in front of the receiver for the interception.

That would lead to a scoring play by Ashton Barkdull plowing his way into the endzone. The ball popped out as he crossed the goal line and officials call it a touchdown which gave Central the 14-0 lead.

Neill rolled out and connected with Tanner Tustian for the Crusaders first points of the game. Buhler trailed14-7.

Kunz again decided to keep the ball and run it down the sideline. He juked off the defender with a couple yards to go and strolled in for the touchdown, 21-7 Central.

Start of the second quarter, Kunz on the run, scrambling around he launched it up to a wide-open Brock Stupka in the endzone, 28-7.

Neill tried to keep Buhler in the game, he found his target Tustian again. Tustian with the nice catch, was able to run the ball in for another score to cut AC’s lead, 28-14.

Another quarterback keeper before halftime would make it a 35-14 game at the break.

A slower second half with only two touchdowns in all 24 minutes, one by each team which led to Andover Central getting the 42-21 win and ending Buhler’s season.

After falling short last year, Andover Central is headed back to the 4A state championship game for the second time in three years. They’ll face St. James Academy next Saturday in Topeka.

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