This time last season, Maize got the best of Maize South to advance in the state playoffs. Both teams had only one loss between the two prior to Friday when Maize lost to Derby, otherwise both teams had been perfect. Thanks to a second half performance, Maize moves on to face off against Wichita Northwest in a sub-state rematch.
Nov 15, 2019; Maize, Kansas, USA; during a 5A regional playoff game between the Maize Eagles and Maize South Mavericks ©KellyRoss
Both defenses were up to the task of trying to contain their counterparts and would do so in the first half. Maize South would force two turnovers in the first half, one on a muffed punt and the other on an interception. The Eagles defense also put on a strong display in the shutout, forcing a turnover on downs in the first quarter.
Maize would find the end zone in the first two quarters of play thanks to a Cam Jurgensen pass complete to Preven Christon who was alone behind the Mavericks secondary. The Mavericks stuck to the ground game often in the first half with a heavy dose of Mason Edwards and Colin Shields.
The second half proved to be all about Maize as the Eagles went on to score 21 unanswered points against one of the best defenses in the state.
Maize will travel to Wichita Northwest in a rematch of the 2018 sub-state game. The Eagles fell in that game a year ago to the Grizzlies. Maize South ends the year with a 10-1 record following the loss.