Football defeats Marion for regional championship

Jacob Meseke | editor in chief

Football defeated Marion 22-14 Friday for the school’s first regional title. The Chargers enter the quarterfinals for the first time since 1976. 

Wabaunsee started off hot with a rushing touchdown by senior Bryton Reves to go up 8-0, but Marion tied it back up in the second quarter. Marion started the scoring drive inside the red zone after recovering a Charger fumble. Marion forced a Charger fumble and recovered it. 

In the second half, Reves added another touchdown and junior Wyatt Wurtz also had a touchdown. 

Junior Miguel Hernandez breaks a big run near the end of the fourth quarter. Hernandez led the team in rushing yards with 73. Photo by Hannah Seivers.

Despite falling behind two scores with the clock winding down, Marion went on to score on a long touchdown pass to come within six. After recovering an onside kick, the Chargers were unable to run out the clock, giving Marion one more opportunity to score. After moving down the field, the game went all the way down to the final play when junior Miguel Hernandez knocked down a pass in the endzone. 

Hernandez led the team in rushing yards with a total of 73 yards. Reves had 65 yards on the ground and eight tackles. Senior Maverick Havenstein led the team in tackles with 10. Wurtz had two interceptions on defense. 

The Chargers are ranked fifth by, and travel to Conway Springs Friday for a chance to advance to sub-state. 

Conway Springs is 7-3 on the season. The Cardinals started the season with three losses, but have won seven straight, most recently defeating Plainville 35-31.

Freshman Cole Frank hugs coach Jess Rutledge after Friday’s win. “It means a lot being part of a team that has gotten this far. Being a freshman and seeing the seniors go 1-8 and struggling all throughout my childhood to being on a team that’s making history is awesome.” As for how the underclassmen have stepped up amid some injuries, Frank said it’s taken “a lot of paying attention, extra focus and film.” Photo by Payton Wurtz.

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