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Olpe Ends Centralia's Season in Sub-State Round on Friday Night
By Brandon Tadtman

The defending state champion Olpe Eagles ended the Centralia Panthers season on Friday night with a 28-6 victory in the Class 1A Sub State round of the playoffs.

The Eagles improved to 11-0 and have won 25 straight games and are looking to repeat as Class 1A state champions.

Olpe began the ballgame with a methodical 80-yard touchdown drive capped off by a four-yard touchdown run from Derek Hoelting to make it 7-0.

Four straight punts would follow into the second quarter and then the Eagles would add a touchdown before halftime with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Damon Redeker to Blake Skalsky with 32 seconds left in the second quarter as they would take a 14-0 lead into halftime.

Centralia began the second half with a quick three and out and Olpe responded with another touchdown as Redeker scampered into the endzone from 39 yards out to extend the lead to 21-0.

Centralia would stay alive as they scored on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Ethan McNally to Presly Bowers to get within 21-6 midway through the third quarter but that was all the Panthers offense could do.

It was the first points given up by the Olpe defense since week three against Lyndon. They had posted seven straight shut outs prior to the game against Centralia.

The Eagles would add one more touchdown on a Derek Hoelting 25-yard run to extend the lead to 28-6 and that would hold the rest of the game.

Olpe outgained Centralia 299-167 in total offense and the Eagles rushed for 204 yards and averaged over six yards per carry.

Centralia quarterback Ethan McNally finished the game seven for 20 passing for 93 yards and a touchdown while adding 36 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Redeker for Olpe finished with 116 rushing yards and 95 passing yards. The Panthers end their season with an 8-3 record.

The Eagles advance to the state title game on Saturday to face Inman (11-0) who rallied to defeat Sedgwick 26-21.


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