The titanic battle between two undefeated powers, the Scott City Beavers and the Andale Indians, a bull-nosed, deliberate offense for the Indians proved the big difference, as Andale won 35-14, Friday night in Andale.
The Andale offense dominated the ball and time of possession, out-gaining the Beavers 374 to 128 in total yards, and ran 76 plays on offense while Scott City ran just 20.
The Beavers’ otherwise spectacular season ends at 10-1, while Andale (11-0) advances to face Pratt (11-0) in the Class 3A state semifinals.
Friday’s game didn't start off as grim as it ended for the Beavers, as they forced the Indians into a three-and-out on their first possession of the game.
Turnovers, however, turned the game around for the Indians, and on the first play following the Indians punt, the Beavers were not able to connect on the hand off and fumbled, which was recovered by Andale at the Scott City 38-yard line.
Though it took awhile, the Indians capitalized on the miscue.
On the ninth play of the ensuing drive, Andale punched it in on a Mac Brand 8-yard touchdown run, giving the Indians the early 7-0 lead. Brand ended up running for 190 yards on 33 carries and three touchdowns.
The following Beaver drive almost ended the same way as the first snap of the drive was bobbled once again. This time, however, the Beavers recovered and answered Andale with a 10-play, 60-yard drive, ending in a Wyatt Hayes’ 3-yard touchdown run.
Andale followed that up with a mammoth, 18-play, 84-yard march that took up nearly 8 minutes, during which the Indians converted third downs, and ultimately resulted in Brand scoring his second touchdown on a 3-yard run.
The Indian offense converted on nine-of-15 third downs in the game, as well as four-of-four fourth down attempts.
The Indians smothered the Beavers in the first half, not allowing Scott City to gain much real estate in the first half. The Beavers were held to only 64 yards, while the Indians tallied up 166 yards on 48 plays.
After Scott City’s second three-and-out of the game, Andale added to their lead scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ethan Baalman to Devin Mark.
After another Andover touchdown, which gave the Indians a 28-7 lead, came the best looking drive for the Beavers — their last of the night — going on a 12-play, 78-yard scoring drive, capped by a Gooden 5-yard touchdown run, cutting the Indians lead to 28-14.
Any rumbling of a Scott City comeback was quickly silenced by Andale, as the first play of the Indians’ sixth drive ended in the end zone on a Brand 55-yard run, sending the Indians into the 3A state semifinals.