WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- A rough season for Cheney didn't get any easier for the Cardinals in their tilt against Collegiate. The Cardinals used an 85 yard touchdown run to lead 7-0 at halftime against the Spartans, only to see the host team come storming back to score 28 unanswered points in the second half.
Sep 15, 2017; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between Buhler and Collegiate ©Kelly Ross
The second half fireworks for the Spartans started on their very first possession of the third quarter. Backed up against their own end-zone Gabe Fisher aired it out and went deep to Paxton Meares. A Cheney defender had good coverage on the play and got a hand on the pass but couldn't knock it down. Meares kept his eye on it, pulled it in, and scampered 85 yards for the touchdown and a 7-7 tie game.
On Collegiate's next possession they were right back at it again. This time the Cheney pass rush flushed Fisher from the pocket but he maintained his composure and launched another dart downfield. Meares pulled in that catch for a 50 yard gain. A few plays later Aidan Walsh hit pay dirt for the Spartans, and Collegiate pushed its lead to 14-7.
At this point in the contest Cheney was just trying to stop the bleeding with anything good. On what appeared to be a positive play for the Cardinals--a simple swing pass--Fisher forced a fumble that the Spartans recovered.
Collegiate turned the miscue into more points, as Walsh scored his second touchdown of the night on a five yard touchdown run.
On Cheney's very next possession the Spartans iced the game with a defensive touchdown when Fisher stripped the ball deep in Cardinal territory, and the Spartans went on to win 28-7.