Santa Fe hangs tight with Tipton, but falls short
(7) Santa Fe 20
(2) Tipton 32
An undesirable matchup for the Santa Fe High School Chiefs found them hiking to Tipton High School with a matchup with the two-seeded Tipton High School Cardinals. Despite a brutal matchup with a familiar opponent (Tipton defeated Santa Fe in Week 8, 36-0), Santa Fe played some of their best football of the season, but couldn’t pull the upset off. Instead, they would ultimately fall, 32-20.
At the end of the first quarter, it was apparent that Santa Fe didn’t show up to goof around, taking a 6-0 lead into the second quarter. Unfortunately, however, the Tipton offense then started to do what they have done a lot of against I-70 Conference opponents: score (112 points in three prior matchups — 30 against Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Week 1, 46 against Concordia High School in Week 9, and 36 in a prior Week 8 matchup with SFHS — compared to 114 points total in their other six games before Week 10).
The score would reach 32-6 heading into the final quarter, but the fourth was all about the Chiefs, as they would score 16 more points before the fat lady’s performance began.
Chiefs’ passers completed only two attempts, although they combined for 56 yards. Senior quarterback Dakota Boehmer ran 27 attempts for 106 yards and three touchdowns. As a team, the Chiefs tallied 173 rushing yards on a combined 58 rushing attempts.
The Chiefs season ended with a lone victory, but they gave it their all in the final edition of 2018 Santa Fe football. Head coach Alex McClafferty will be tasked with finding the solutions looking forward, but last year’s 7-4 final record indicates that McClafferty should be able to swing the Santa Fe Chiefs back into the driver’s seat in 2019.