Make that No. 10

Todd Nugent/Special to PrepsKC

By SJ Munoz PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: November 12, 2013 - 12:17 AM



When one phase of the team is struggling the others pick them up which is what Kearney did as they eventually pulled away from Staley for the
28-7 win and a district championship in the Class 5 Playoffs.
The Bulldogs offense had their share of chances to blow things open, courtesy of their defense, in the first half, but was unable to convert.
That all changed in the closing minutes of the third quarter.
"We talk to our kids about it all the time how you just have to play the next down," Kearney head coach Greg Jones said. "Our kids could have got their heads down, but they put it behind them and kept fighting. It's a total team. Special teams have to make plays, defense has to make plays and offense. Finally we got some stuff with the two quick touchdowns in the third quarter and kind of put it away. You just have to keep fighting."
An interception led to back-to-back-to-back plays of 30-plus yards by the Bulldogs, which resulted in a touchdown and a 21-7 lead with 1:46 in the third.
Just over a minute later, Brock Broughton notched his third rushing TD after another Falcons turnover and it was a 21-point lead after three.
The Bulldogs' defense, who held Staley to 121 yards and forced five turnovers, continued to their stingy play in the fourth in holding Staley without a score for nearly the third straight quarter in the district-championship clinching win.
"It's hard to beat a good team twice," Jones said. "When we beat them the first time, everything bad happened for them and they couldn't stop it. I knew it wouldn't be like that again. I lost a lot of sleep thinking about this game. I'm just glad our kids came out and played really well."
The win moves the Bulldogs (10-1) into the quarterfinals where they will be on the road at Fort Osage (11-0) Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
It took almost a whole quarter for the scoreboard to light up. With 1:06 to play in the first, Austin Hinck threw a 35-yard pass to Johnny Laughlin to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
Staley answered back with a big kickoff return by TJ Molway, which set up the game-tying score. The Falcons made it a 7-7 game on a 2-yard run by quarterback Jordan Robben.
Kearney's defense set up their next score with a fumble recovery at the Staley 30. Just over two minutes later, Broughton, who rushed for 148 yards, put the Bulldogs back up by seven on a 3-yard run.
Kearney had two pivotal opportunities to pull away in the final 4:39 of the first half. The Bulldogs got an interception at the Staley 37, but were forced to punt on the ensuing drive.
Then a fumble recovery had Kearney in business at the Falcons' 15. The Bulldogs moved it to inside the 1, but Staley forced a fumble and recovered sending the teams to the break with Kearney on top 14-7.
Staley ends the season at 6-5.