For the first time in school history, Mid Buchanan football won its third straight district title by ending East Buchanan’s season with a 35-0 victory in the Class 1 District 8 Championship on Friday night.
Since the beginning of the 2016 season, the K.C.I. rivals have met in the postseason every year with both teams having two district victories apiece before the Dragons and Bulldogs inevitably met again this postseason.
Entering the championship contest, Mid Buchanan had narrowly outscored East Buchanan in the last nine matchups as the Dragons had scored 261 total points to the Bulldogs 259 total points.
“We’ve seen them a lot and it’s just become one of those things that you expect,” Mid-Buchanan head coach Aaron Fritz said. “Hopefully we are playing each other for a district title again next year, but it’s just good to continue winning no matter who it is against.”
It was a defensive battle early on as neither teams scored in the opening quarter, but Mid-Buchanan got on the board when senior Javan Noyes connected with junior Rawlins Brant for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
The Dragons scored a late touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the first half when Noyes rushed in for his first of three touchdowns on the ground to give them a 14-0 lead at the break.