Hays High finished a three game home stand with a Thursday night game against the Buhler Crusaders. The night also marked senior night for 17 players.
Maybe it was the short week with lots of rain. Maybe it was thoughts of the Dodge City. It could have been emotions of senior night. Hays High after one quarter trailed Buhler by a 7-0 score. The Indians lost the ball on down on their own side of the field to start the game and Buhler scored just four plays later on a 4th and 2 run of 19 yards.
The Indians punted on their next two possessions in the first quarter but the Hays High defense forced fumbles on back to back plays to end quarter number one. The first play of the second quarter, Hayden Brown sprinted 20 yards for a touchdown to tie the score. The Indians recovered another fumble on the next Buhler possession, however Hays had to punt once again.
Following a short Buhler punt, Brown scored from 46 yards away on third down to give the Indians their first lead. Palmer Hutchison score from 43 yards on third down to put Hays up 21-7. Late in the second quarter Tavian Creamer intercepted a pass at the end zone and three plays later, Hutchison found freshman Jaren Kanak for a 97 yard score and a 28-7 lead.
Buhler ended the half getting the ball all the way to the Indian one yard line with no time remaining.
Palmer Hutchison opened the second half with an interception on defense and then scored one play later from eight yards away from the end zone to give the Indians a commanding 34-7 lead.
Buhler closed gap down to 34-14 but Hays capped off a 70 yard drive on the first play of the fourth quarter when Hayden Brown scored a third rushing touchdown. The extra point put Hays up 41-14. Buhler scored one more time and the game came to a close with Hays taking a 41-21 win.
Coach Tony Crough
Both teams are 3-4 on the season. Hays heads to Salina to play the Central Mustangs next Friday.