Varsity Kansas

Class 3A championship preview

CONWAY SPRINGS VS. SILVER LAKE

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson

Championships: Conway Springs, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008; Silver Lake, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2006.

CONWAY SPRINGS (13-0)

Belle Plaine W,68-0

at Douglass W,68-0

Independent W,69-0

at Garden Plain W,29-14

Cheney W,64-20

at Trinity Academy W,44-16

Medicine Lodge W,64-6

Chaparral W,69-14

at Kingman W,54-0

Playoffs

Independent W,75-28

Garden Plain W,20-6

at Smith Center W,56-6

Beloit W,59-22

SILVER LAKE (12-1)

at Wabaunsee W,42-0

St. Marys W,34-14

at Atchison W,35-14

Louisburg L,21-3

Rock Creek W,20-0

at Riley County W,21-7

Rossville W,34-28

Pleasant Ridge W,49-6

at McLouth W,63-0

Playoffs

Northern Heights W,68-6

Riley County W,42-18

Wellsville W,28-7

at Rossville W,38-0

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Conway Springs

RB Brian Doffing 5-11 185 Jr.

RB Cory Misak 5-7 165 Jr.

DB Austin Pauly 5-11 150 Sr.

DL Kayl Barkley 6-2 235 Sr.

DL Mason Pauly 5-10 205 Sr.

Silver Lake

QB Keenan Kruger 6-2 170 Sr.

WR Brit Dewey 5-9 170 Sr.

LB Jeremy Boyd 6-2 240 Sr.

LB Jordan Haverkamp 6-2 230 Sr.

RB J.D. Morehead 5-9 170 Sr.

Notes

* Conway Springs ran the ball 90 percent of its plays with Doffing and Misak each over 1,000 rushing yards. The duo has combined for 3,000 total yards.

* Silver Lake plays in the Mid-East League, which sent four of its six teams to the playoffs. Silver Lake's only loss came to Louisburg, which is in the 4A title game.

* Conway Springs is allowing 10 points a game this season. Austin Pauly is the team's leading tackler.

* Silver Lake received a midseason bump when Kruger returned from a broken hand. Since his return, Silver Lake has averaged 46 points a game.

* Conway Springs is led by five three-year starters in seniors Austin Pauly, Mason Pauly, Nick Pauly, Clint Vancuren and Barkley. This will be the second state title game for the senior class.

* Silver Lake will want to establish its running game through Morehead and Cameron Rickel, but Kruger opens up the passing game and his favorite target is Dewey.

Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler

"Silver Lake is a very good team and they have a lot of size, and we have to control the ball and limit their big plays. We're going to have to play very well and play as close as mistake-free football as possible."

Silver Lake coach C.J. Hamilton

"Number one, we can't turn the ball over offensively. The other thing is we can't get a bunch of penalties to put our offense in predictable situations. Those two factors will decide the game."

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