DERBY, Kan. The bitter cold slowed the Derby offense early, but the Panthers eventually thawed out, and knocked off Topeka High 38-7 Friday night at Panther Stadium.
Oct, 19, 2018; Maie, Kansas, USA; during a showdown between the undefeated Derby Panthers v the Maize Eagles ©Kelly Ross
Early in the game the Trojans controlled the ball, stretching out drives, and keeping the high powered Panthers off the field. Heading into the 2nd quarter, Topeka High led 7-0 on a Davonshai Harden QB scramble for an early score.
The turning point came early in the 2nd, when after a long, time consuming, drive Topeka lined up for a chip shot field goal. But Migc Aiyanyor raced in to block the kick, and Dax Benway recovered and returned it to midfield. Benway had an interception earlier in the game.
That big special teams play led to a Tre Washington touchdown off of a short screen pass. Derby tied it at that point and never looked back.
Derby advances to sub-state to take on Manhattan High.