ANDALE, Kan. - Andale and Cheney met just a month ago and the Indians escaped with a 29-22 win, their closest game of the season.
Friday night did not go that way.
Andale came out swinging and Cheney simply couldn’t keep up in the 55-20 trouncing in the state semifinal.
The Indians are headed to the state championship for the second time in three years under head coach Dylan Schmidt.
Andale’s Easton Hunter got things going early in the game with a big 54-yard touchdown run. That score would set the scene for the remainder of the game, as Andale raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and 42-0 halftime lead.
Cheney fumbled the ball away and set the Indians up in good field position. They got within the 10 yard line, but a penalty moved them back to the 15, where Hunter found Cole Landers for a 15-yard touchdown pass to put Andale ahead 14-0 with just five minutes left in the first quarter.
Andale scored again just two minutes later, this time it was Noah Meyer who got the call and he plunged in from five yards out to go up 21-0.
Cheney turned the ball over on two of its next three drives and Andale capitalized on both opportunities.
First, a Cheney fumble and Andale drive set up a two-yard score from Meyer.
Then on Andale’s next drive, the Indians appeared to score easily, but the touchdown was called back because of a blind side block. The penalty stuck Andale with a first-and-34.
The Indians’ first two plays didn’t yield much, but a third-down screen pass all but converted the huge deficit. A play after the conversion, Hunter lobbed it up for Mac Brand who fell into the end zone with a defender dragging him down.
The final touchdown of the half came off an interception that eventually led to a one-yard sneak from Hunter.
Andale will face Perry-Lecompton (9-3) Saturday, Nov. 30 for the state championship.
Perry-Lecompton took down Topeka Hayden (10-1) 35-27 to advance to state.