Hotchkiss’ title push ends in semifinal loss
Playing for the state championship wasn’t meant to be for Hotchkiss High School.
The previously undefeated Bulldogs trailed 34-0 at halftime Saturday and fell to No. 11 Wiggins 47-19 in a Class 1A state semifinal at Wiggins.
The No. 2 Bulldogs (11-1) scored three touchdowns in the second half but could not make up the deficit.
Wiggins scored on all five of its first-half possessions.
“We knew some things they were susceptible to on defense and we attacked that offensively,” Wiggins coach Mitch Risner said.
Up 7-0 in the first quarter, Wiggins drove 98 yards for a touchdown. During the drive, Wiggins recovered its own fumble.
“If Hotchkiss gets the ball, you don’t know what happens,” Risner said.
Wiggins curtailed the Bulldogs’ triple-option offense that had put up an average of 48 points and 370 rushing yards per game.
Risner said the key was having four defenders stick to their assignments and make Hotchkiss stretch the field with the ball.
“Hotchkiss is a great football team and you can’t take anything away from those guys,” Risner said.
“It’s a funny game, and you’ve got kids from Wiggins on a roll now doing some really great things and working together. We only had 20 guys out there, but all 20 are important to what we do.”
Brush 23, Olathe 12: In a rematch of last season’s Class 2A state championship, Chris Lee rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown as Brush defeated Olathe in the quarterfinals.
Top-seeded Brush (12-0) took a 13-6 lead into halftime and No. 8 Olathe (8-4) could not recover.
Down 13-0 in the second quarter, Ben Kaylor scored on 1-yard touchdown run and Cole Grett followed in the third quarter with a 45-yard romp to tie the game.
But Brush responded with a touchdown from Chris Lee and added a late field goal.
Olathe was looking for its second consecutive title and third in four seasons.
Fleming 62, Otis 28: Tanner Serrato threw five touchdown passes as Fleming completed an undefeated season by winning the Class A 6-man state title.
Top-seeded Fleming (12-0), which lost to Idalia in last year’s title game, scored 38 unanswered points in the second half to win its first football title in school history.
Serrato completed 12 of 13 passes for 177 yards and five TDs for the Wildcats. The junior quarterback connected with Alex Haney on three of his touchdown passes.
Sergey Sokolov led third-seeded Otis (9-2), running for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.