NEWTON — Baileyville B&B coach Steve Tiernan never wanted to revisit his team's loss to Quinter in last year's 8-Man II Championship game.
He felt as though it wouldn't do him or this year's team no good.
But he did know the pain still lingered, not only with him, but with the handful of players that endured it.
Saturday afternoon at Fischer Field, Baileyville more than healed past wounds in its 50-34 championship victory over Otis-Bison.
With their second championship in three years, and fifth title game appearance in eight seasons, the Falcons continued their dominance over 8-man II, in their final game in the classification.
Next season, Baileyville High School will consolidate with Nemaha Valley.
"Everybody starts the season expecting to be here," Tiernan said. "The newness never wears off, no matter how many times we have been here."
The Falcons amassed 504 yards and made a living on quick-strike scoring plays. They had three scoring drives of just one play, including a kickoff return for a score.
Mitchell Engelken had touchdown runs of 55 and 49 yards and also ran back a return touchdown for 69 yards.
"Sometimes we scored too quickly," Tiernan said. "One time I just wanted us to go on a drive, then score, but I guess I can't complain."
Otis-Bison had been known for its running game this season, and that's what Baileyville's defense paid particular attention to.
While the Cougars ran for 177 yards, they had nine runs for negative yards. This forced Otis-Bison to go to the passing game, which it hadn't used much throughout the season.
The Cougars were effective with the pass, going over 200 yards, but it came with a price.
Despite throwing four touchdowns—all to Dylan Wissman—quarterback Trevor Keller spent most of the afternoon on the ground, whether it was before or after the ball was released.
"They have a great defense up front," Otis-Bison coach Travis Starr said. "We would try to go up the middle with the run, but we couldn't do anything."
"We are always prepared to pass, but we would just rather run the ball first."
Just when it seemed Otis-Bison was making a push to tie the score—it cut its deficit to eight three different times—Baileyville quickly answered with touchdowns and it acted like it wasn't going to be denied.
"Losing last year was the worst feeling in the world," Engelken said. "We weren't going to let that happen again. We were going to win no matter what."
Baileyville B&B (13-0) 8 20 8 14 — 50 Oits-Bison (11-1) 0 14 14 6 — 34
B—Engelken 55 run (Huerter run)
O—Wissman 26 pass from Keller (pass failed)
B—Huerter 8 run (Haug pass from Engelken)
B—Engelken 49 run (run failed)
O—Wissman 46 pass from Keller (Piper run)
B—Buessing 4 run (run failed)
O—Keller 30 run (pass failed)
B—Engelken 69 kick return (Huerter run)
O—Wissman 9 pass from Keller (Wissman pass from Keller)
B—Heiman 75 pass from Huerter (Heiman run)
B—Huerter 3 run (run failed)
O—Wissman 46 pass from Keller (pass failed)
Rushing—Baileyville, Mi. Engelken 15-153, Huerter 16-73, Heiman 12-40, Buessing 2-6, Schraad 1-2. Otis-Bison, Piper 24-104, Keller 8-38, Wissman 10-31, Hlvatay 1-4.
Passing—Baileyville, Huerter 4-10-155. Otis-Bison, Keller 18-27-208-2.
Receiving—Baileyville, Heiman 2-121, Haug 1-24, Ma. Engelken 1-10. Otis-Bison, Wissman 6-151, Trapp 5-27, Piper 5-20, Pechanec 1-7, Crotinger 1-3.