Cougars Advance To State Semifinals

The Salina South Cougars avenged two consecutive playoff losses to Bishop Carroll Friday night, and in the process snapped the Wichita school’s 23 game winning streak. The Cougars finally defeated the Golden Eagles, after disappointing playoff losses to them the last two years.

After a scoreless 1st quarter, Bishop Carroll took a 7 – 0 lead following a South turnover.

The Cougars would tie it at 7 – 7 with 2:56 left in the half on a Justin Stonebraker 45 yard touchdown run. They would get the ball back again, and score with just :12 left in the half on a Stonebraker to Mitch Roets 10 yard pass to lead 14 – 7 at the break.

After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Bishop Carroll would score with 9:20 left in the game. The extra point hit the upright, though, and was no good. South led 14 – 13.

With 2:58 left in the game Mike Jones broke free on a 78 yard touchdown run, and after Keven Kraus’s P.A.T. was good, the Cougars led 21 – 13.

Bishop Carroll was not finished, though. With :50 left in the game the Golden Eagles scored to pull to within 2. On the 2 point try which would tie the game, Troy Smith caught a pass in the endzone, but was out of bounds.

The Cougars then ran out the clock, and held on for the 21 – 19 win.

South is on the road again next week, in Wichita. They will play the Kapaun Mt. Carmel Crusaders at Cessna Stadium with a berth in the state championship game at stake.