Phillipsburg shuts out Riley County to win 2A Championship

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SALINA, Kan. - The Phillipsburg Panthers dominated the Riley County Falcons by a score of 27 to 0 to win the Class 2A State Football Championship.

The Phillipsburg Panthers celebrate with the State Championship Trophy after the game. The Phillipsburg Panthers faced the Riley County Falcons in the Class 2A State Football Championship at Salina Stadium in Salina, Kansas on November 24, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr,

Phillipsburg came into the game with a perfect 12 and 0 record.

The Panthers took the opening kick off after Riley County deferred. They did not score on the drive.

The Falcons took over. The Phillipsburg defense showed up and forced a third and seventeen about four minutes into the game. Riley County quarterback Garrett Harmison threw a pass only to have Phillipsburg's Trey Sides pick it off and run down the field with it.

The interception set up a Trey Sides to Ty Sides 24-yard pass for the first touchdown of the day. Jonathan Hunnacutt added a point after touchdown to make it 7 to 0.

For a while the teams would trade possessions back and fourth. Then with four minutes left in the half, Phillipsburg Trey Sides threw a lateral pass to Nathan Moon. He ran for 26-yards to score the Panther's second touchdown of the game. Hunnacutt added another PAT to make it 14 to 0 going into the locker room at halftime.

Riley County received the ball to start the second half. Michael Waggoner would take the ball down the field for 59-yards for the longest offensive play of the day for the Falcons.

The Falcons use the field position to get the ball down to near the end zone. On fourth and goal, Garrett Harmison threw a pass and Ty Sides batted it away to turn it over on downs.

That series would be the closest that Riley County came to putting points on the board.

Phillipsburg used their kicker Jonathan Hunnacutt to score a field goal with 2:27 left in the third quarter from 45-yards out. He added a 41-yard field goal at the 9:20 mark in the fourth quarter.

Tanner Ragsdale added a third and final touchdown for the Panthers with 5:43 remaining on a three-yard dive. Hunnacutt added the point after to make the final score 27 to 0.

Coach JB Covington praised the leadership of his seniors, "They are all a good bunch of kids. They all want to do things right and provided leadership all year long."

This senior class for Phillipsburg end their career with a 47 and 4 record and two state titles.