GODDARD, Kan. The last time Andover Central and Goddard played in the regular season it was an absolute thriller that the Lions won 17-16 in overtime. In their playoff rematch Friday night it appeared that the Jaguars and Lions were headed for another nail-biter as the two squads were tied 7-7 at halftime.
Tommy Beason however had no intention of letting things get so dicey down the stretch this time around. Early in the third quarter he opened up the playbook and had his sophomore quarterback Kyler Semrad start to air it out. Semrad hit Kaeden Hoefer with a quick pass near the sideline. Hoefer made one man miss and was off to the races but was pushed out at the 5 yard line. That 40 yard strike set up Semrad's five yard touchdown pass to Blake Mitchell, and the Lions went up 14-7.
The Goddard defense was relentless in the second half and immediately forced a three and out by the Jaguars offense. With the ball back in good field position Semrad once again went up top for a big play. This time the Lions struck for 42 yards when Soren Carr made a spectacular catch to set up Goddard at the 12 yard line. A few plays later the Lions capitalized on the big play when Dhimani Butler scampered home from five yards out for a touchdown to put Goddard up 21-7.
Late in the third quarter Andover Central appeared to be finding a rhythm on offense. But the Lions stout defense snuffed out any momentum when Nalell Kapten picked off a pass from Shomari Parnell.
Goddard's defense was up to the task the rest of the night and pitched a second half shutout as the Lions advanced to the next round of the playoffs with a 21-7 victory.