(KS Prep Zone) - On Saturday, Hanover High School defeated Osborne in a matchup of two of the most successful 8-man programs in Kansas in the past decade.
Photo courtesy: Dacey Hagedorn
The game did not disappoint.
The Wildcats led 32-12 at the half, turning three Cardinal turnovers into points. Then Osborne made a comeback to push the score to 52-50 with under five minutes left to play.
A 45-yard touchdown reception from Daiken Stallbaumer to Thomas Atkins set the tone for the Wildcats win at 58-50. Hanover then stopped Osborne, which had zero timeouts left, and was able to run out the clock.
The win marked the Wildcats third-straight state title and pushed their winning streak to 38 games--the longest active streak in the state of Kansas.
It was Hanover's fifth consecutive trip to the state championship game and fifth state title since 2008.
The game also set a record for the highest combined output in an 8-man title game with 108 points. The previous record was from Hanover's victory last year against Hodgeman County, 54-48, which broke the longstanding scoring record from 1978.
Hanover's senior class finishes its career with a 50-1 mark.
(Video courtesy: Dacey Hagedorn)