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2015 Regional Champions - The Halstead Dragons

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Halstead controls Independent for the win!

WICHITA - Halstead’s plan - make Independent a one dimensional team by using a four man defensive line strategy forcing them to trow the ball. The Dragon offence - a ground pounding assault resulting in a 315 rushing yards , final score 48-0. The Dragons reign the Class 3A Regional Champions.

Eli McKee, Senior Quarterback, rushed for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns and passing for one more for the Dragons (11-0), who will play host to Hoisington (11-0) on Friday. The Cardinals eliminated Washington County, 50-6.
“We came out hot, but we have to get the penalties corrected ” McKee said. I thought we clicked pretty well. We had a couple mis-cues on defense, they are a good team.” Independence only had 38 yards of rushing against the Dragon defense.
Layke Heimerman, stepped up driving the ball in for 3 Halstead touchdowns.Layke Heimerman Layke Heimerman

 The game was not perfect said Coach Grider. “It wasn’t as clean as we would have liked, but we’ll take it. I thought defensively we were as good as I thought we’ve been this year. We made plays when we needed to and were very opportunistic on the defensive end. I thought we were pretty good offensively as well and made some adjustments and just kind of had our way. I thought the kids played really well.” Grider remarked.

We want to wear the other team out and control the clock and I thought we were able to do that. Our time of possession was were we wanted it. Knowing they liked to pass we wanted to make the game one dimensional so we felt like we could do that with a four man line, our front four are as good as anybody’s, it allowed us to make them trow the football, said Grider.

Grider said he’s looking forward to the two un-beatens facing off at Halstead.
“Hoisington’s a team we’d like to have at home,” Grider said. “We’ve been on a collision course all year to meet each other, and it’s time to get it on. We’re looking forward to it as I’m sure they are, it will be a fast, physical game.”

Halstead will host Hoisington Friday, for the semifinals.
State Football Playoff Bracket

Halstead       16 14   12  6 - 48
Independent   0   0    0   0 -  0

H – McKee 40 run (VanSteenburg pass from McKee)
H – Heimerman 2 run (Heimerman run)
H – Ratzlaff 37 run (McKee run)
H – Ratzlaff 12 pass from McKee (run failed)
H – Heimerman 1 run (run failed)
H – McKee 47 run (run failed)
H – Heimerman 10 run (run failed)
Individual statistics
Rushing — Halstead: McKee 9-101, Morris 3-100, Fulgham 12-72, Heimerman 5-37, VanSteenburg 1-29, Ratzlaff 5-25, Weber 2-(-2). Independent: Taylor 18-53, Brown 1-1, Tate 2-(-2), Boline 1-(-14).
Passing — Halstead: McKee 2-3-1-31; VanSteenburg 1-10. Independent: Boline 15-24-2-117.
Receiving — Halstead: Ratzlaff 2-22, Vance 1-19. Independent: Barnett 6-29, Eikleberry 3-52, Taylor 2-18, Brown 2-5, Tate 1-9, Chandler 1-4.

Game 11 Halstead vs. Wichita Independent