Monday, November 12, 2007

Methodical Conway moves into semis

Methodical Conway moves into semis
Wichita Eagle correspondent

CONWAY SPRINGS - Conway Springs prides itself on its running game, and that's what it stuck with to get past Scott City 6-0 in the Class 3A quarterfinals on Saturday.

Nate Pauly played a key role, leading Conway Springs' single-wing offense with 85 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Caleb Brill scored the game's only points on a one-yard run in the second quarter.

"We just chip away," Pauly said. "If we get four yards a carry, that's good. We get three carries and we have a (first) down.... As long as we keep moving, we get where we're going."

Conway Springs relied so heavily on its running offense that Brill threw just five times for 24 yards and an interception.

"The wind was picking up and when the wind picks up, you have to play the averages," Conway Springs coach Lelin George said, "and running the ball in Kansas in November is better than passing the ball in Kansas in November for us."

Brill scored on a keeper with 4:56 remaining before halftime. The Cardinals missed the extra point.

Conway Springs shut down Scott City's passing game, limiting quarterback Chance Chelemedos to 41 yards on 5 of 21 attempts. But Scott City's Calvin Hughes ran for 108 yards, giving the Beavers scoring opportunities they couldn't convert.

"We had some chances inside their 25 about three different times," Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil said. "A couple times where they made some plays, and we did not make some plays and that's what playoff football comes down to."

Conway Springs will host unbeaten Garden Plain on Friday in the semifinals. Garden Plain defeated the Cardinals 35-6 on Sept. 28.

"We proved a lot of people wrong," Pauly said. "Nobody thought we'd make it this far and we'll give Garden Plain a well-deserved rematch."

Scott City (7-5) 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Conway Springs (10-2) 0 6 0 0 -- 6
CS--Brill 1 run (kick failed)

Individual Statistics

Rushing--Conway Springs, Brill 17-31, Gerber 2-19, Pauly 21-85, Sones 4-15, Dugan 1-2. Scott City, Hughes 18-108, Flowers 6-25, McDaniel 1-11.

Passing--Conway Springs, Brill 3-5-24-1. Scott City, Chance Chelemedos 5-21-41-1

Receiving--Conway Springs, Blaine 1-8, Mercer 1-9, Pauly 1-7. Scott City, Swan 2-6, Kuntzsch 3-35.

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