East Buchanan's perfect season ended
By Cody Thorn The St. Joseph News-Press
You could say the lights went out on East Buchanan's perfect season.
Less than an hour before kickoff of the Class 2 quarterfinals at East Buchanan's field, the lights went out at the stadium, forcing a 50-minute delay for the kickoff against South Callaway.
Once the lights came on, a less-stellar-than-usual offense for East Buchanan struggled to gain traction and couldn't keep up in a 21-8 loss in a battle of unbeaten teams on a frigid Friday night.
South Callaway (13-0) received the ball and marched down the field with a 13-play drive ending on Troy Hentges' 1-yard keeper. That accounted for all of the offense in the first half and the visiting Bulldogs led 7-0 at the break.
East Buchanan (12-1) had chances to answer but miscues kept getting in the way. The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times on interceptions and three more times by failing to convert on fourth-down tries. Eventually, the miscues provided an opening for South Callaway.
"We had a couple of opportunities, but we just never got in sync," said East Buchanan coach Kevin Bryan, who hugged a number of his players after the loss. "Part of it is what they do and part of it was just us, hit and miss.
"We had opportunities and we didn't take advantage of it. Give them credit, they did."
No. 4-ranked East Buchanan turned the ball over on downs its first two possessions, while a third ended on the first of four interceptions. Elliot Fortney recovered South Callaway's second fumble after that turnover to give East Buchanan the ball back at its own 33-yard line.
A seven-yard run by Jason Daugherity followed by a face mask penalty moved East Buchanan to the 10-yard line, but the drive stalled out and ended on an incomplete pass on fourth down.
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