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Phillipsburg Ends Sacred Heart’s Season, 27-20

KSAL Staff - November 5, 2013 10:24 pm

On a cold and wet Tuesday night, the Sacred Heart Knights saw their dreams of a state championship in Class 3A come to an abrupt end at the hands of the visiting Phillipsburg Panthers, falling at home 27-20.

Sacred Heart started well and finished strong, but couldn’t overcome 27 Panther first half points. Phillipsburg got the opening kickoff and after a quick three and out, Sacred Heart needed only one offensive play to jump on top 7-0. The Knight score came courtesy of a Trevor Webb 57 yard touchdown run. That was the last thing that went right for Sacred Heart in the first half. The Panthers only needed 20 seconds to tie the game up. After the Knight kickoff, Hunter Kohler galloped 83 yards for the Phillipsburg TD.

On their second possession of the game, Sacred Heart couldn’t get anything done and when Phillipsburg got the ball back, Kohler was off to the races again, this time from 67 yards out and the Panthers took the lead 13-7 with 6:53 left in the first quarter.

The Knight offense sputtered again and Phillipsburg got the ball back, put together a long drive and scored on a Michael Dusin 14 yard run to push their lead to 20-7 with just under 9 minutes left in the half.

Phillipsburg then got what proved to be the backbreaker with only 9 seconds left in the half when Riley Jueneman hit Sam Sage with a 5 yard touchdown pass on 4th and goal. After a 2 point conversion, the Panthers led at half 27-7.

Sacred Heart made adjustments on both sides of the ball during the intermission and opened up the second half scoring with a drive that consumed over five minutes and ended with a 4 yard touchdown run by Clayton Wetter to pull the Knights within 13.

The last score of the game came with exactly six minutes left in the contest when Knight QB Nick Wuthnow scrambled out of trouble and threw a 35 yard touchdown strike to Matt McKee. Sacred Heart missed the point after, but still had a chance, trailing 27-20. Sacred Heart would have the ball twice more, but were unable to put together a game tying drive.

The Knights season ends at 8-2. Phillipsburg, now 9-1, will advance in the playoffs to take on defending State Champion Scott City who blasted Lakin 43-0 for their 9th win of the season against just one loss.

The game marked the last game that will ever be played at Glen Martin Stadium. On Monday night, the Salina City Commission approved the demolition of the stadium to make way for a new $7.5 million dollar football facility, scheduled to be ready in time for the 2014 season.