For the second time in a week, Wichita West finds a way to get by Wichita East. A 9-6 win moves the Pioneers on to the next round of the 6A playoffs against Derby.
Nov 1, 2019; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a 6A regional playoff game between the Blue Aces and Pioneers at Carpenter Stadium ©KellyRoss
The Pioneers trailed most of the first half following an early East score, courtesy of Norman Massey. East found success on the ground in the read option and quick screen passes to slashing receivers. West took away most of the Aces offense from defensive pressure and hard pursuits to outside plays. The Pioneers even forced a safety in the first quarter, their only score in the first half.
Penalties proved to be a problem for both teams on Friday night. Numerous big plays were called back on the night hurting each team, even some instances keeping them out of scoring distance.
West moves on to take on Derby in the 6A playoffs. East high ends the season with a 5-4 record.