HOISINGTON, Kan. The Hoisington Cardinals defeated the Sterling Black Bears by a score of 38 to 13 to continue on in the Class 2A playoffs.
Hoisington Cardinal #3 Xavier Robinson tackles Sterling Black Bear #21 Alan Anderson in the first quarter. The Sterling Black Bears took on the Hoisington Cardinals at Elton Brown Field in Hoisington, Kansas on October 26, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
Sterling came to the game after a three overtime victory against Southwestern Heights. The stakes in this game were even higher, win and continue to next week or loose and go home.
Hoisington took the opening kick off and looked sluggish to start. They would turn the ball over to give Sterling a chance.
The Black Bears were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
With four minutes left in the first quarter, Hoisington finally found the end zone. Braxton Donovan carried the ball on a five-yard rush. After a successful point after touchdown, the Cardinals lead 7 to 0.
Sterling put together a long drive that made it down to the three yard line. On fourth and goal, quarterback Brady Myers tried to score a touchdown and the Hoisington defense stopped him two-yards short.
The Cardinals took the ball over on downs and then went to drive down the field. The drive was capped off with a nine-yard pass from Derek Boxberger to Wyatt Pedigo.
Hoisington led 14 to 0 at halftime.
Sterling received the ball to start the second half. Brady Myers took the ball a couple plays in and broke away for a 67-yard touchdown. They were on the board with a score of 14 to 7 Hoisington.
Hoisington took the ball and marched down the field. Their drive stalled out in the red zone and they decided to kick a field goal. Braxton Donovan's 33-yard kick hit the cross bar and fell to the ground unsuccessful.
On Hoisington's next possession, the drive again stalled out. Coach Baird gave his kicker another chance. This time Donovan got the job done from 26-yards out and widened their lead to ten points, 17 to 7.
The ensuing kick off saw an interesting play. Donovan kicked the ball off but it landed and started to bounce towards the out of bounds line. Sterling's Alan Anderson watched the ball roll to a stop close to his feet and then he paused. That pause gave Hoisington a chance to jump on the live ball.
The Cardinals took over on the 13-yard line. They quickly took advantage of the situation. Josh Ball took of on a 13-yard rush and scored six more points. A successful PAT later and the Cardinals led 24 to 7.
Ball would add two more scores on the night both coming in the fourth quarter.
Sterling did get another touchdown with 4:14 remaining in the game on a one-yard run by Brady Myers.
"We were flat tonight," said Coach Zach Baird on his team tonight. "I don't think we were as amped up as we should have been."
Sterling sees their season end with a record of 3-8.
Hoisington waits to see if they will travel to Cimmaron or stay home and host the Ellsworth Bearcats.