Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Krueger Leads Olpe to State Title Game

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Krueger Leads Olpe to State Title Game

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OLPE -- Bo Krueger remembers watching his brother play in the 2008 state championship game. Now, he'll get to join the family tradition after carrying Olpe to a 36-28 sub-state victory over Troy on Friday night at home.

"It's everybody's dream," Krueger said. "Watching games when you're little. I watched my brother when he was in the 2008 state championship game and ever since then, I've wanted to get Olpe back. It's just unbelievable."

Krueger accounted for all five of the Eagles' scores, with three coming on the ground, one through the air and another on an 85-yard kickoff return in the second half.

"I just saw a lane and I got going, and I had excellent blocks," Krueger said.

The senior quarterback ran for 154 yards on 21 carries, none more important than his carries late in the game. Krueger snuck in on fourth-and-goal from the 2 to put Olpe up 29-28 with less than three minutes to play. After a defensive stand, he broke off a 17-yard run for the game's final score.

"Bo's a warrior," said Olpe coach Chris Schmidt, whose team will face Ell-Saline next Saturday in Hays for the 2-1A state title. "He's here to win and he's going to do whatever it takes, just like the rest of them."

After surrendering three straight fourth-down conversions to Troy, all three of which led to a touchdown, Olpe's defense turned the Trojans' over on downs the last two possessions of the game.

"Our guys just made great plays on the ball," Olpe senior Joe Redeker said. "I'm just proud of everybody on our team."

The first half consisted of runs in unusual fashion, to say the least.

Olpe's Wyatt Redeker picked off Tristan Speer, his third on the season, on the third play of the game. On the Eagles' first offensive play, Krueger cut back for a 33-yard touchdown run to put Olpe up 7-0.

The Eagles' offense wouldn't get anything else going until late in the second quarter as Troy dominated the next 20 minutes by scoring 20 unanswered points.

The Trojans' first score came on fourth-and-10 when Speer connected with Jacob Ross from 22 yards away. Troy's next score also came on fourth down, when Speer scored on a 3-yard run. …

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