Andale blanks Clearwater 49-0 to advance to Sectionals

ANDALE, Kan. Andale used a huge four-interception night from Eli Rowland to bulldoze visiting Clearwater 49-0 to claim the Regional championship and move on to the state quarterfinals.

Oct 11, 2019; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a matchup between the Andale Indians and Collegiate Spartans ©KellyRoss

Andale converted each turnover into a touchdown and led the visiting Indians 35-0 at halftime.

Mac Brand got the scoring started for the hosting Indians when he busted a 72-yard touchdown run after a huge punt return touchdown was called back because of a penalty.

When Clearwater had the ball, it was quick to repeatedly give it away. Rowland grabbed his first interception and then a few plays later, quarterback Easton Hunter found him for the seven-yard touchdown pass to put the home Indians ahead 13-0.

In the second quarter, Clearwater decided to take a shot deep, but it was Hunter to Rowland on the tip-drill interception after Hunter hit Rowland for the touchdown. Rowland took it back 30 yards to help set up his team in good field position.

He was then given the ball and rumbled 37 yards to Clearwater’s three-yard line. Hunter went heels-over-head and punched it in a few plays later from inside the one to make it 20-0.

After Clearwater got the ball back, Rowland pulled down his fourth interception of the half and Andale would push its first-half lead to 35-0 before putting the car in cruise for the second half.

Andale moves its undefeated record to 10-0 as Clearwater’s season ends at 6-3.

Beloit (7-3) pulled off the upset over previously-undefeated Colby 28-14.

Andale and Beloit will face off in the Sectional round for the chance to play in the state semifinals.