Here’s the scores from Sunday’s Region VI semifinal games, and what I know so far … as always, make sure to read Monday’s Eagle for the whole story:
No. 8 Butler 21, Coffeyville 14
At El Dorado, Butler was down 14-7 with under 3 minutes to play, Ross Dausin hits Dontel Watkins on 22-yd Td pass to tie it 14-14 and then Coffeyville fumbles ensuing kickoff, Butler’s Bret Soft recovers, leading to a Henderson 3-yd TD run to seal the win. It was Butler’s 18th straight win over the Red Ravens, and as my college teammate Steve Brittingham pointed out to me a couple of months ago, we played on the last CCC team to beat the Grizzlies. Unfortunately that was 1997. Not unfortunate because of who won or lost, just because it means we’re getting old.
No. 2 Fort Scott 42, Hutchinson 17
Was hoping the Blue Dragons could put up a fight after getting smoked 31-0 in the regular season — but they didn’t. If the Greyhounds win next Sunday, they’re playing for a national title. As far as Hutch, I think that they’ll learn from this year — I don’t think that there was anything they could do about the hype that surrounded them coming into the season. That was a lot of pressure and a lot of expectations for a team that hadn’t really done anything yet.
Hey, 6-5 means they’re bowl eligible. Getting jobbed out of a bowl last year must have really stung, because they went and created their own bowl to play in. Amazing.
Just got this info from Gary Karr — MIAA gets only one playoff bid in football for NW Missouri State, which means Central Missouri, Missouri Western and Washburn are out. Ouch. Gotta check the books, but I can’t remember the last time just one playoff team came out of the MIAA. Double ouch.