Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Fights off Late Seaman Rally to Remain Undefeated

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Washburn Rural Fights off Late Seaman Rally to Remain Undefeated

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Seaman cut a 25-point Washburn Rural lead to 11 points and still had a quarter to try to complete an improbable comeback Friday night on the Vikings' home field.

Rural made sure that didn't happen, responding with its best drive of the season to close out a 31-14 Centennial League win and remain undefeated on the year.

Seaman, which fell to 0-3, cut its deficit to 25-14 on a 26-yard touchdown pass from junior Dalton Cowan to senior Hunter Williams on the final play of the third quarter.

It was a long time before the Vikings saw the ball again, however, with Washburn Rural holding the ball for 19 plays and 9 minutes and 44 seconds before senior Matthew Williams scored from a yard out with just 2:16 to play to cap a 68-yard drive and clinch the win.

"We kind of got back in control like we were in the first half," said Washburn Rural coach Steve Buhler, whose team improved to 3-0 overall and in the Centennial League.

"We're seeing a lot of different situations and I think we're starting to see how our kids are reacting to that stuff and they're starting to learn how to handle different situations like tonight. We're starting to see that the more confidence they get the more they're able to handle those things."

It was fitting that Williams scored the final TD, which capped a huge night for the 5-foot-6, 155-pound Rural senior.

Williams finished with 162 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, scoring on runs of 31, 11 and 26 yards before his late 1- yard plunge.

"We're very confident now with three wins," Williams said. "Now we're just worried about getting four. Three is behind us; now we're worried about four.

"We're having so much fun out there. We're not even worried about last year (a 2-7 record). We're just worried about right now."

Seaman (0-3, 0-3) turned in a goal-line stand on Washburn Rural's opening drive of the game, stopping the Junior Blues at the Viking 1- yard-line.

The Junior Blues controlled the rest of the half, however, finding the end zone on their next three possessions and opening up a 19-0 halftime advantage.

Rural also started the second half with a bang, with senior Jovon Hall returning the kickoff 67 yards to the Seaman 30 and Rural scoring three plays later on Williams' third TD of the night to put the Junior Blues in control 25-0. …

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