Mid Buchanan edges North Platte
By Chris Schoonover The St. Joseph News-Press
The Little Giants introduced the Annexation of Puerto Rico, Varsity Blues gave us the Oopty Oop and Gus Malzahn made the Wildcat popular.
Mid-Buchanan put together its own unique offense to beat North Platte 20-14 in a battle of KCI unbeatens.
Trailed 14-12 with 3 minutes, 47 seconds to go and facing a third-and-seven, Mid-Buchanan coach Aaron Fritz called for the “Barber Wire.”
The offense consists of four linemen lined up near the right sideline along with a wide receiver and the center, two wide outs and the quarterback on the left – setting up a four-on-three on the left side.
“We had a kid that said he was going to miss a day because he was going to put up barber wire,” Fritz said. “He meant to text me barbed wire but he sent barber wire, so we call him barber wire.
“I put it in this week. I was getting frustrated so I said, ‘Hell, let’s run it.” We weren’t getting anything done. They were too physical for us most of the night.”
Quarterback Braydn Kemper completed a pass keep the drive alive and hurried his guys back to the line.
After another completion, Kemper took it himself, running right for the 27-yard touchdown to go up 18-14 then he tacked on the two-point conversion pass to Hunter Scaggs.
Kemper picked off a pass from Anthony Hernandez with 1 minute, 44 seconds to go to seal the win.
“I didn’t want to drop it,” Kemper said. “I knew he under threw it and whenever I got it, I just tucked it and went down.”
The win for the Mid-Buchanan (3-0, 1-0 KCI) is the third in a row, which is a big feat considering it went winless in 2014.
“When we won that first game, it had been 665 days since this program had a win,” Fritz said. “We got in Saturday and looked at film and I said ‘Now what?’ They said ‘Let’s get a second one.’ They want to win and they play hard.”
Kemper finished completing 28-of-36 passes for 220 yards and added 62 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Both teams began the first half struggling to get any offensive momentum, including two punts, a fumble and a failed fourth down conversion.
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