WHS Football wins 1st playoff game in 37 years

Jacob Meseke | @Jacob_Meseke

In October of 1983 the number one song was “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, the number one movie was “Never Say Again” featuring Sean Connery,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day had just became a holiday and the Wabaunsee High School football team won its first playoff game.

Until last week, that was Wabaunsee’s only playoff win.

The Chargers traveled to Pleasanton Thursday and won 62-18. 

“I thought the boys played really well against Pleasanton. There will always be things to fix and improve upon, but our main goal each game is to go 1-0 and we got that accomplished,” said head coach Jess Rutledge.

Junior quarterback Cade Oliver threw for 287 yards and 3 passing touchdowns. Oliver also had a rushing touchdown. Senior running back Derek Wallin had 4 carries and scored a touchdown all 4 times. Senior wide receiver Tyler Lohmeyer caught 2 touchdowns and had an interception on defense. Junior Aiden Boeckman also had a receiving touchdown. Senior Dawson Schultz had a rushing touchdown and an interception as well. 

The Chargers will head to Centralia to play in the second round of the playoffs. Centralia is the one seed and had a first round bye last week. The Chargers lost to Centralia earlier in the season 60-20. 

“Centralia is an outstanding team and we need to limit our mistakes against a team that is talented. Turnovers, not finishing scoring drives when we had the opportunity, and especially our defense and tackling held us back when we played them 2 weeks ago. Placing an emphasis on those things and having the best week of preparation we’ve had all season will be the keys to us continuing our season,” Rutledge said.

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