KVL teams eliminated from playoffs
Braves, Pirates bow out of post season play
Four Kaw Valley League football teams made it to the state playoffs, but none remain.
After Immaculata lost 55-6 to Atchison County and Tonganoxie lost 39-0 to Atchison, both were both eliminated in the first round of 3A and 4A action Tuesday, Nov. 4. That left Piper and Bonner Springs as the league's final two teams looking to keep the KVL alive.
Piper, who advanced to the second round of the 4A playoffs with a 21-10 opening-round victory over Royal Valley, traveled to Baldwin in the second round and found itself in a dogfight with the Bulldogs.
Although the Pirates hung around for a while, they were ultimately outlasted and Baldwin went on to win, 41-20.
In the loss, the Pirates were victimized by something they were accustomed to doing --ounding the ball down the throats of their opponents.
Baldwin amassed 409 yards of total offense and kept all-league performers Shawnn Lampson and Scot Lipovac in check for most of the game.
The loss snapped an eight-game Piper winning streak and dropped the Pirates' overall record to 9-2.
Bonner Springs faced an equally difficult task in its first round game at the 5A level, as they traveled to undefeated and top-seeded Topeka-Seaman.
The Braves, who were completely overmatched on paper, came out on fire, moving the ball effectively and holding the Seaman offense in check for most of the first quarter.
Trailing just 10-0 late in the first, Bonner Springs unleashed an 18-play drive that spanned 74 yards and took nearly 10 minutes off the clock.
It was the perfect drive for a team looking to control the clock, but it yielded no points, as a 30-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
BSHS coach Lew Kasselman said that missed opportunity was the turning point in the game and from there Seaman rolled.
Two touchdowns before the half and three more in the second set the final margin at 45-0, but Kasselman and the Braves were proud of their effort and proud to make their second straight trip to the post season.
Next year the Braves will join Piper, Tonganoxie and Basehor-Linwood at the 4A level in football and that should make the league race even more exciting, as now it will have more direct playoff implications.