Hutch Trinity vs Conway Springs contest dominated by defense

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CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. The opening game of 2A district play for Hutchinson Trinity and Conway Springs turned into a defensive stalemate for most of the night.

The Cardinals used a 14 point burst in a 4 minute span late
in the third quarter to secure a 22-8 victory over the Celtics.

Heading into the showdown of unbeatens Conway Springs was averaging 38 points a game, while the Celtics were averaging 24 points.

But contrary to those numbers this game was a defensive highlight
reel for both teams.

Early in the first quarter the Celtics were on the verge of a quick touchdown lead, but were stonewalled by the Cardinals defense on fourth down just inches away from the goal line.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Celtics managed to break on top with one of the few big offensive plays by either team. Kaleb Hammeke connected with Isaac Miller for a 65 yard touchdown pass, and
the two point conversion gave Hutch Trinity an 8-0 lead.

Conway Springs answered with a blue-collar type drive that culminated with a 1 yard touchdown run from Collin Koester.

With less than a minute before halftime the Celtics were driving deep into Cardinals territory for a potential go-ahead score. But Zachary Mercer came up with a clutch interception in the end-zone to keep the score knotted up at 8 at the break.

Neither team budged defensively in the third quarter until Conway Springs opened up the play book and started to air it out. On a critical third and long Koester connected with Chase Ast for a big 33 yard
pass play to keep the drive alive. With just 2 minutes to go in the third quarter Peyton Winter gave the Cardinals the lead with a two yard touchdown run. The two point conversion made it 16-8 in favor of
Conway Springs.

On the following kickoff the Celtics fumbled the ball and the Cardinals recovered deep in Trinity territory. Conway Springs wasted little time punching the ball in for a 22-8 lead they would never give up.