East Buchanan edges South Harrison

By Thomas Huitt-Johnson The St. Joseph News-Press
Posted: November 6, 2013 - 11:30 PM

Eddie Kilgore didn’t take long to spark his team in a big spot. South Harrison took longer to respond.

Second-seeded East Buchanan defeated third-seeded South Harrison 44-22 Wednesday night at Spratt Stadium in its Class 1 District 8 semifinal game — field conditions in Gower, Mo., moved the game to St. Joseph.

The loss of its home field didn’t bother East Buchanan, which took advantage of the gracious field on Missouri Western’s campus, rushing for 74 yards on 15 carries and passing for 193 more.

East Buchanan now faces Hamilton, which won Oct. 25’s regular-season meeting between KCI rivals 56-18.

“Any time you get a chance, you got to make things happen,” said Kilgore, the East Buchanan senior quarterback. “Everybody wants to get their name in the paper, and everybody wants to help their team anyway they can.”

Kilgore moved East Buchanan (9-2) down the field on its second possession. A seven-play, 65-yard drive peaked on a fourth-and-15. Near midfield, East Buchanan coach Kevin Bryan opted to go for the first down instead of punting for field position.

The gamble paid off.

Kilgore aired out a 29-yard pass down field to Chase Rowland on a slant route. The next play they took an 8-0 lead with a 9-yard touchdown run from Elliot Fortney with 3 minutes, 53 seconds to play in the first quarter.

A minute later, South Harrison quarterback Dylan Heitz nailed Stanton Blake on a 51-yard touchdown. A failed 2-point conversion brought memories back to when the two teams met on the season’s second weekend.

East Buchanan defeated South Harrison 38-32 after converted four of five 2-pointers, and South Harrison didn’t keep up.

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