A pair of 6-1 teams met at Emporia State University’s Welch Stadium to determine who would be in the driver’s seat in 5A district No. 5. Emporia was coming off a 48-27 win on the road against Newton, while Andover came off a 21-8 win over Valley Center last week.
Andover struck first scoring all their points in the first quarter, but Emporia scored 27 unanswered points to win the game 27-10 at home.
Andover went up 3-0 after being forced to kick a 22-yard field goal by Toshi Hayashi to put the Trojans up early against the No.3 ranked Spartans. The Spartans turned the ball over on their first play from scrimmage as Braxton Marstall fumbled the ball with the Trojans recovering. Andover fumbled at the Spartan one-yard line, giving the Spartans back the ball.
Emporia drove down the field as Marstall completed a 49-yard pass to J.L. Savage, but Savage had fumbled in the endzone, giving the Trojans the ball back at their own 20-yard line. Trojan quarterback Cole Gumeringer drove his team down field as he connected to Dallas Bruner for a 48-yard connection, putting the Trojans up 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.