It's funny how a fourth down stop can shift the tide of a game so quickly.
Trailing 20-6 entering the second half, Minneapolis was looking for a break to get something going in their game with Hoisington. Then it came. Likely all-state running back Wyatt Pedigo lost the handle on the ball, the Lions recovered, and they were in business to make this a one score game.
After a long, slow building drive eating up most of the third quarter, the Lions hit goal a goal to go situation. Hoisington forced a fourth down, and on that play the defense came up big, stopping Tyson Villalpando on the 2 yard line, that close to making it a one score game.
The very next play, Pedigo redeemed himself. One cut was all it took for Pedigo to go 98 yards through the Minneapolis defense and all the way to the opposite endzone. A two play, 14 point swing in a matter of seconds was all it took to suck the life out of the Minneapolis sideline.
Hoisington would add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, going on to take the game 41-6 for their fifth consecutive victory. Next week, the Cardinals will travel to Phillipsburg in what will ultimately decide the district championship. Minneapolis will hit the road to Hays looking to end a two game skid against Thomas More Prep.