Mid Buch ends East Buch's season

By John Zetmeir News-Press Now
Posted: November 2, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Mid-Buchanan knew it could beat East Buchanan on the football field.

However, history wasn’t on the Dragons’ side.

The last win against the Bulldogs came in 2009 but in the last meeting, the Dragons held a 21-0 lead before losing in overtime. Mid-Buchanan wasn’t able to finish.

On Friday night in the Class 1, District 7 semifinal, the Dragons finished the job.

Mid-Buchanan exorcised the demons against its KCI rivals by scoring 28-unanswered points to advance to the district championship game with a 42-20 win.

“I’m speechless,” Mid-Buchanan senior Riley Brill said. “Every year in high school I’ve been here, we’ve lost on this same field. To come out here and do this and do something that hasn’t been done in, I don’t even know how many years, it’s a great feeling.”

Leading 20-14 with less than a minute to play in the second quarter, East Buchanan (8-3) had a chance to make it a two-touchdown game heading into halftime. Instead, with 19 seconds left, Mid-Buchanan’s TJ Runyan picked off Tyler Schottel and returned the interception 95 yards.

It gave the Dragons a 21-20 advantage and they never trailed after that.

“I feel like (the interception) boosted all of our confidence,” Runyan said. “We got more momentum and we kept it going.”

Mid-Buchanan outscored its conference rivals 21-0 in the second half to win its seventh game of the year and advance to its first district championship game since MSHSAA changed the format in 2011.

“We don’t quit, we just don’t quit,” Mid-Buchanan coach Aaron Frtiz said. “We play hard. That pick-six before halftime was one of the biggest plays I’ve ever seen in my life. I told them, ‘I’m not going to tell you to stop (Friday night), you might as well go as hard as you can because if it’s going to be our last game, then you better give me everything you have’ and those kids did.”

Leading the way for the Dragons yet again was sophomore quarterback Javan Noyes.

The sophomore signal caller got it done both with his arm and with his legs, passing for 138 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 93 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Noyes carried the ball 38 times behind a strong performance from the Dragons offensive line.

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