Two of the top ranked teams in 2A went to battle Friday night, in a showdown that would leave the Phillipsburg Panthers hanging on in the final seconds, 25-24.
Phillipsburg (#1 2A) defeated MCL rival Smith Center (#1 1A) 42-14 on Friday, September 14, 2018. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)
Friday's matchup lived up to the hype that it had created in the days leading up to kick-off. Each team put their undefeated record on the line to keep the season alive.
Conway Springs hit Phillipsburg with a healthy dose of the run game from running back Peyton Winter and quarterback Collin Koester, the two found the end zone for the Cardinals in the first half.
Not to be out done, the Phillipsburg offense got it done through the air and on the ground capping off a drive with a touchdown run from Treylan Gross, followed by a field goal which would put them within striking distance of the Cardinals.
Following two second half scores from Conway Springs, the Phillipsburg offense proved to have the game under control with a mix of hard nosed running and gutsy performances from the backfield.
When asked about the game, running back Treylan Gross pointed out the physicality of Friday night.
"I think it helped us grow together and know that we arent the only ones who hit hard in the state," said Gross. "It felt good to hit hard and get hit back and it was a good win tonight."
Phillipsburg head coach J.B Covington would follow suit in the praise for his team.
"We knew it would take a while to get adjusted to their offense, defensively. I thought during the course of the game we got better," said Covington. "Our kids just hung in there all night long and depended on each other and played for each other and did some good things there towards the end."
Conway Springs ends the year with a 10-1 record, while the Phillipsburg Panthers are set to host Hoisington next Friday.