CONWAY SPRINGS — Conway Springs put the only blemish on Scott City's season Saturday, and now the Cardinals have a chance Friday to avenge their only loss in the Class 3A semifinals.
Cory Misak gained 171 yards in 21 carries, and Brian Doffing added 149 on 26 carries, pacing a 39-21 quarterfinal victory.
"They've been kind of a 1-2 punch for us this year, and our other backs do a great job and get a lot of different carries. Several of our backs have been averaging 4-5 yards a carry, so they've been doing well," Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler said.
But to advance to the state final in Hutchinson, the Cardinals (11-1) will have to defeat the only team to stop them this season — Central Plains League rival Garden Plain. If that weren't a tall enough order, they will have to win on the Owls' home field.
"We've got to do our homework and get after them, because that's going to be a good ballgame," Biehler said. "They're a good ballclub."
Garden Plain eked out a 19-13 overtime victory at Conway Springs in the teams' earlier meeting.
Scott City (11-1) opted to defer on the coin toss and take the wind. Conway Springs fielded the kickoff at midfield, and three plays later, Misak raced 44 yards for a 7-0 lead just 1:15 into the game.
"We just had to play our game, and the offensive line just took care of business," Misak said. "We switched some things up, and it works."
Conway Springs scored three more first-half touchdowns — two on Doffing 1-yard runs — and jumped to a 26-8 halftime lead.
The Beavers found themselves constantly stifled by the Cardinals' defense, so much so that Scott City passed 18 times in the second half, completing 13. Even though that proved more successful, it only resulted in 13 points — the same total that Conway Springs put up in the second half. Beavers' junior quarterback Brent O'Neil, who completed just two of four first-half passes, hit 15 of 22 in the game for 261 yards.
"They do a good job with their passing, that team's got a lot of weapons and they made some great plays going down the stretch, and we didn't make any other adjustments because you've got to defend the run against them," Biehler said.
For the game, Conway Springs rushed 55 times, gaining 394 yards.
Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil said the early barrage from Conway Springs proved too much to overcome.
"We did get a touchdown (starting the second half) to make it interesting, but we couldn't find the answers for these guys," he said. "I think we may have come in with 'big eyes,' Conway's been here before, and this is this group's first trip here in awhile. I don't think we were ready to play physically that early in the game."
The Cardinals' single wing posed many problems, O'Neil said.
"There's about three of them that hit us pretty hard, that's for sure," he said. "They're physical, they run hard and they're very well-coached."
Scott City (11-1) 0 8 6 7 — 21 Conway Springs (11-1) 13 13 7 6 — 39
CS— Misak 44 run (Bond kick)
CS— Doffing 1 run (kick failed)
CS— Doffing 1 run (Bond kick)
CS— Ast 28 run (run failed)
SC— B. O'Neil 8 run (Couchman pass from O'Neil)
SC— Robinson 36 pass from B. O'Neil (pass failed)
CS— Doffing 1 run (Bond kick)
SC— Couchman 1 run (B. O'Neil kick)
CS— Doffing 6 run (kick blocked)
Rushing— Scott City, Couchman 15-21, Buehler 10-53, Smith 2-2, B. O'Neil 2-(minus-5). Conway Springs, Misak 21-171, Doffing 26-149, Ast 6-64, Bodine 2-10.
Passing— Scott City, B. O'Neil 15-22-0-261. Conway Springs, T. Wood 0-1-0-0; Misuk 0-1-1-0.
Receiving— Scott City, Buehler 5-76, Couchman 3-54, Robinson 3-70, Kite 1-21, Hess 2-25, Hayes 1-15. Conway Springs, None.
Baileyville 42, S. Haven 20
Baileyville14 14 8 6 — 42 South Haven0 12 8 0 — 20
B—Rottinghaus 45 pass from Deters (Engelkin run)
B—Mi. Engelken 4 run (pass failed)
SH—Wilkey 1 run (pass failed)
B—Mi. Engelken 17 pass from Rottinghaus (run failed)
SH—Showman 4 run (pass failed)
B—Mi. Engelken 60 run (Heiman run)
B—Heiman 1 run (Heiman run)
SH—Byers 1 run (Lowe from Showman)
B—Heiman 38 run (run failed)
Rushing—Baileyville, Wilkey 16I-55, Byers 10-36, Yunker 2-7, Cully 1-0, Ray 1-0, Showman 8-(-5); South Haven, Heiman 21-152, Engelken 10-69, Rottinghaus 8-38, Buessing 11-37, Bergman 2-(-8).
Passing—Baileyville, Showman 20-44-214-1; South Haven, Rottinghaus 4-10-77-1.
Receiving—Baileyville, Lowe 7-71, Dvorak 3-19, Wilkey 2-50, Ray 2-21, Cully 2-10, Ingram 2-7, Byers 1-23, Harris 1-13; South Haven, Deters 2-52, Mi. Engelken 1-17, Ma. Engelken 1-8.