Conway Springs holds on to beat rival Chaparral for second time

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CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. - If you looked at the first time these two schools played, you might think the rematch would be more of the same. It was not.

In Week 7, with both teams coming in undefeated, Conway Springs rolled Chaparral to the tune of a 53-23 victory. Based on the first drive from the Cardinals, you might think it would happen again.

After starting deep in their own territory, the Cardinal run game caught fire as it always seems to do, with Zachary Mercer taking the misdirection 69 yards to paydirt to make it 7-0 early.

After another Chaparral punt, Conway again drove it on them, but this time the Roadrunner defense stepped up, forcing a Peyton Winter fumble to take over possession.

The ensuing drive, it came down to a goal to go situation. The Roadrunners got it to the one yard line, but Conway stuffed the run twice to set up a fourth a goal with a foot to go. Everyone in the stadium, the fans, the players, everyone but the Chaparral sideline expected run. They ran the ball every play that possession up to this point. So when the world guesses run, you play action pass. It worked, with Jake Burke finding Quinton Pfaff on the short pass and the Roadrunners tying the game up.

Heading into halftime, Conway Springs had one last chance at the endzone to grab a lead going to the break. And they took advantage, running it right at the Roadrunners to bring them deep into their territory. That lead to Collin Koester taking it right at the pylon to make it 13-7 at half.

Conway struck fast in the second half, adding a two point conversion to bring it to a 21-7 game. That score held until the fourth, when Chaparral added a touchdown with under five minutes to play to make it 21-14. The Roadrunners would have one final chance to score, but Conway held to come away with a win over their rivals for the second time this season, 21-14.

Chaparral sees their season come to an end with a 7-3 record. Conway Springs will now face Phillipsburg in a game where one team will suffer their first loss of the year.