HS FOOTBALL: Chargers knock off Osawatomie

CARBONDALE—The Santa Fe Trail Chargers wrapped up their regular season by sacking the team with the second-best record in Class 4A Division II, and it wasn’t even close.

The Chargers 40-21 win over Osawatomie clinched the district championship for Santa Fe Trail, which will return to the postseason this week.

“It was a huge win for us,” said Jayson Duncan, SFT head coach. “I thought we played our best game, and we have been playing really good football towards the end of the season.”

Santa Fe Trail was strong out of the gate with 14 points in the first quarter to take a touchdown lead to the end of the first quarter. The Chargers then scored 14 more in the second to go into the half up 28-21.

“Our defense got off to a slow start, but held them scoreless in the second half,” Duncan said.

The Chargers pulled away with a touchdown in each of the last two quarters to walk away with a 19-point victory.

“It is exciting to win back-to-back district titles,” Duncan said. “I am proud of our kids for fighting and staying together. The true sign of a champion. We have been pretty special the past two years, a real tribute to these kids.”

“Trevor Boudeman led the team with two touchdowns with runs coming from a two and 10 yards out,” Duncan said. “Colin Watkins has the longest touchdown run with a 20-yard score, and Jaden Bone also ran in a score form 1-yard out. Gage Greenfield had a 10-yard touchdown run and Newton punched one in from six yards out.”

“We gave great team effort, with 396 yards of offense and 370 yards on the ground,” Duncan said. “Trevor was outstanding with 20 carries for 165 yards and 19 tackles.”

The Chargers (5-4) will continue the season with Jefferson West at 7 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe Trail High School.

Indians end with win

OSAGE CITY—Osage City trailed by a touchdown at the end of the first quarter, but scored 20 points in the second quarter to edge Oskaloosa 26-16, to end the season with a 4-5 record.

With 4:29 to go in the first quarter, Dillion Grother of Oskaloosa ran in a 10-yard touchdown run, and Osage City got down 8-0 where the score would remain until the second quarter.

Quarterback Ryan Haskins took matters into his own hands with three scores in the second quarter. All three touchdowns came in the final 3:06 of the first half, when Haskins found Kaleb Irvin for a 14-yard score to tie the game up.

With 46 seconds to go in the first half, Haskins hit Tucker Kimball for a 25-yard score to take a 14-8 lead; then hit Carter Swindale on a nine-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds to go to take a 12-point lead into the break.

Haskins continued to break the game open with a 55-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter to take a 26-8 lead. Oskaloosa cut the gap by a touchdown, but went no further.

Haskins completed 9 of 16 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and ran the ball seven times for 74 yards. Brett Sage ran the ball 23 times to lead the rushers with 102 yards.

Osage City ran a total of 55 plays Friday night for 402 total yards.

Lyndon thumps Remington

REMINGTON—The Tigers wasted no time jumping out to a huge 27-point lead and never looked back Friday night, earning a 48-7 win at Remington.

Remington managed just seven points, with a touchdown in the opening quarter. Lyndon scored in three of the four quarters, with the game high 27 in the first.

Lyndon ran a total of 59 plays and managed 15 first downs. Through the air, Dexton Swinehart was 5-of-14 for 88 yards and a touchdown. Nick Ratzloff caught the touchdown pass on a 36-yard connection.

As a team the Tigers ran the ball 36 times for 297 yards and six total touchdowns. Leading the way was Swinehart with 20 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Wyatt Fitch ran the ball nine times for 78 yards and two scores.

On the defense side of the ball, Fitch led the team with 11 tackles. As a team the Tigers recorded five turnovers, three of which came on interceptions. Swinehart, Beau Brecheisen, and Mason Slusher were all credited with a pick. Slusher and Ratzloff each recovered a fumble.

The Tigers (7-2) will begin the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Mission Valley.

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