East Buchanan tops Penney for KCI title
By Joe Caronia PrepsKC Staff Writer
Two schools small in numbers, played like heavy-weights as the Bulldogs of East Buchanan out lasted the Penny Hornets 38-31. The win gave the Bulldogs an undefeated regular season as well as the KCI League Championship.
The scoring started right away, the Hornets completed a play action touchdown pass, when Drew Finch found TC East in the corner of the end zone from 14-yards out. Keithan Litton converted the kick and the Hornets were up 7-0.
The Bulldogs answered when Jason Daugherity took a “Jet-Sweep” around the corner for a 26-yard score. The two-point pass was incomplete and the Bulldogs were down by a point.
The Hornets used both of their running backs Kellen Overstreet, and Keihan Litton on their next scoring drive. Overstreet running wide, and Litton bruising up the middle. Overstreet turned the corner and found the end zone. Litton missed the point after and the quarter ended with the Hornets on top 13-6.
The Bulldogs moved the ball down to the Hornets 2-yard line and quarterback Colby Rapp called his own number and dove over the goal line. Rapp’s conversion pass was incomplete and the Bulldogs were down by a point 13-12.
Again the Hornets used an “unbalanced” line with three linemen to one side of the center, and pounded the ball on the ground until Overstreet scored from 3-yards out. Litton’s conversion attempt was blocked, but the Hornets led 19-12.
The Bulldogs answered quickly. On fourth and deight from their own 32, they completed a long pass play to keep the drive alive. Later in the drive Rapp hooked up with Grant Minson on a 5-yard scoring play. Again the conversion pass was incomplete. The Hornets still up by a point 19-18.
Just over a minute later Litton took the ball and broke to the outside, he dove over the pylon for the last few inches of his 2- yard run. Litton’s kick was blocked again as the Hornets stretched their lead, as the score was 25-18.
With just 1:27 left in the first half, Rapp hooked up again with Minson, this time from 27-yards out. Austin Potter ran the two-point conversion in and the teams went to half-time with the Bulldogs leading 26-25.
The Bulldogs Ryan Kilgore took a handoff and started up the middle, he then broke a tackle, and reversed his field to go 53-yards for the score. Potter tried to run in the conversion but was stopped short. The Bulldogs were up 32-25.
With 2:01 left in the third quarter Overstreet running hard, with tremendous balance scored again, this time from 10-yards out. Overstreet tried to run in the conversion but was stopped short. The Hornets were down by one 32 - 31.
That changed quickly, because the ensuing kickoff was returned 77- yards by Elliot Fortney for a touchdown. Rapp was stopped short on the two point run. The Bulldogs were up 38-31.
The Hornets had one more shot at a score. With 4:48 they had the ball fourth and four, on the Bulldog 5-yard line. Quarterback Drew Finch dropped back to pass but he was sacked by JT Rush. The ball was turned over on downs and the game was essentially over.
After the game Bulldog coach Kevin Bryan spoke about his team, “That was as physical a match as I thought it would be. Very seldom can you give up 31 points and say that you had a good defensive game, but that is how good that Penny is. They are going to go a long way in the playoff.”
When asked about his own team Bryan said, “They are a very mature group, they are a very matter of fact group, we hope to be playing for a long time this season, so we have 48 hours to enjoy this game, and then we are back to work.”
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