Santa Fe football finishes season in district semifinals

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On Friday, Oct. 27, the Santa Fe High School football Chiefs traveled north to Chester Ray Stadium at Marceline High School for a 7 p.m. game with the Tigers, who entered as the top seed in the Class 1 District 6 tournament. Try as they might, the Chiefs couldnít play giant-killer, as the districtís four-seed would end up losing 54-14, ending their season.

The Tigers put points on the board early and often, putting three rushing and two passing touchdowns on the board before Santa Fe got their first score, a nine yard run by senior quarterback Devin Breland. That touchdown (coupled with a failed point-after attempt), however, left the score 34-6 with 2:25 to play in the second quarter. In the remaining time, Marceline managed to sneak into the end-zone twice more, bringing the halftime score to 48-6.

Like most quarterbacks opposite the Marceline defense, Breland didnít have his best performance in this one, completing only one of his four passing attempts for 13 yards to senior tight-end Jon Montgomery. However, they decided to try Breland at the running back slot to maximize his athleticism. Second-string quarterback Dakota Boehmer, a sophomore, stepped in nicely, completing two passing attempts for 34 yards in five attempts (both to Breland) while mixing in an interception.

Breland did make an impact on the ground though, putting up two touchdowns and 170 yards on 18 rushing attempts. Senior running back Jared Rieves also found some green, collecting 28 yards on eight rushes.

Perhaps Marceline was given a little extra motivation in knowing that a win over Santa Fe most likely would lead to a matchup with district two-seed Westran High School, who was favored to defeat Fayette High School in their battle on the other side of the semifinal bracket. Westran was the only team to put up a fight against the undefeated Marceline squad this season, as their 25-22 thriller in Week 8 was the only time the Tigers allowed an opponent to come within 27 points of winning.

With the loss, Santa Fe fell to a final season record of 7-4 (including postseason). In the regular season, they finished 6-3 while going 5-2 against I-70 Conference teams.

Marceline advanced to 11-0 on the season and will be taking on Westran in the district championship game on Nov. 3.

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