Maize South survives close game with Andover Central

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It has been a slow start to the season for both Maize South and Andover Central, but one of those squads would secure its first winning streak of the season with a victory Friday.

It was scoreless mid-way through the first quarter when the Jaguars finally got their first offensive possession and it was definitely not what they were looking for. The quarterback couldn't handle the snap and it went over his head and the Mavericks recovered on the one yard line. Mason Edwards plunged in a couple of plays later for a 7-0 Maize South lead.

On their next offensive possession the Mavs showed off their explosiveness when quarterback Colin Shields found Corey Minks streaking wide open across the middle of the field. Shield's throw was on the mark and Minks never broke stride as he bolted 74 yards for the score. That put Maize South up 14-0.

But then the Jaguars came roaring back. Andover Central worked its way down to the Mavericks 23 yard line and then aired it out. The quarterback lofted up a jump ball and Xavier Bell made a fantastic leaping catch over the defender for the score. The point after attempt was missed and Andover Central cut the lead to 14-6.

Then the defense did its job and got the ball back to the offense. The Jags methodically worked their way down the field but eventually faced a third and long. Andover Central threw a pass in the flat to Ty Herrmann and he made a strong effort but came up short of the first down. But a face-mask penalty on the play gave the Jaguars new life and they made it count. Peyton Jensen hauled in a touchdown pass and Andover Central pulled to within one at 14-13.

Neither team would score much the rest of the game and Maize South held on to win a thriller by a final of 21-20.