The Hays High Indians knew they were already headed to the state playoffs, but a win would help the Indians in the playoff seedings on senior night. Hays struck first with a Mark Mathis touchdown rush and then after a successful onside kick the Indians Austin Unrein ran a touchdown in from 20 yards out putting the Indians up 14-0.
Salina Central did bring the game back with in on posession scoring a touchdown with just :35 seconds left in the first half, but that left enough time for David Cardinal so strike on a 72 yard touchdown run pushing the half time lead to 21-7.
Central again would fight back and make the score 21-14 after a Hays High fumble, but the Indians answered with back to back David Cardinal touchdowns, the second after a Adam Deterding interception. Salina Central tacked on a touchdown late to make the final score 35-21.
Hays High finishes the season 8-1 and 3-0 in districts. Hays also will be sharing the conference title with Garden City and Great Bend as Garden City beat Dodge City 18-15 in double overtime.
It is just the 7th time Hays High has finished the season with eight or more wins and the first time since 1993.
Hays also advances to the playoffs for the first time since 1995.
Offensive Yards: Hays High 370 Salina Central 293.
Team Highs: Hays High: David Cardinal 17 carries 188 yards 3 TD. Salina Central: Matt Cookson 32 carries 199 yards
Dustin Armbruster’s wrap:
Post Game Interview with Coach Cornelson: