Andover Central shuts Buhler down on both ends of the ball

Andover Central downs Buhler on the road.
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 11:45 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Buhler Crusaders starting their season much like they ended it last year: in a loss to Andover Central. The Jags offense came out on fire but the second half was all about Andover Central’s defense that came away with a sack and two interceptions, one being a pick-six. Throwing Buhler off it’s game, Andover Central won 35-13.

“Drew Veach had a really good game with some of the things he did defensively with the interception and then Jace Adler having the pick-6 late in the game was really big for us, it kind of took the wind out of their sails there late,” said Andover Central head football coach Derek Tuttle. “So, we didn’t know what to expect from some of our new starters.”

Andover Central senior wide receiver Cooper Tabor had a big night with two touchdowns. He said, “They created some opportunities and we capitalized on offense.”

“We knew we had Cooper Tabor coming back and he’s an explosive kid, so he made some huge plays in the first half that really got us going,” said Tuttle.

“We really stepped-up big time, just practice throughout the week, we just kind of improved every day and it showed tonight,” said Tabor. “We had a lot of young guys we played tonight and they all stepped up in big ways.”

Jeremy Neill played a big part in his first night of leading the Crusaders. To close out their first drive, he handed the ball off to Gavin Patton who ran it up the middle and in for the first score of the game. A blocked PAT attempt limited them to only six points for the whole first half.

Andover central will host Maize next Friday while Buhler goes on the road to Circle.