WAMEGO — With less than five minutes off the clock Friday, the Wamego football team already found itself down 21-0 to visiting Andover Central in the sectional round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
It never got any better for the Red Raiders, who lost 48-0.
Central recovered the initial onside kickoff and scored. The Jaguars then snatched a Hayden Oviatt pass and scored again on a pick-six. Then, the visitors recovered a Raider fumble on the ensuing kickoff and put up their third TD ... and there still was 7:11 left in the first quarter.
The Raiders (9-2) struggled against the large Central line, and didn’t score the entire night, triggering a running clock in the third quarter.
The game ended with Wamego’s hopes for a state bid dashed.
Wamego still had a strong 2021 season, winning nine straight games prior to Friday and earning a regional title for the second year in a row.
This season marked just the third time in school history the Red Raiders have won nine games, and the first since 1977, according to the Kansas High School Football History website.
Andover Central (10-1) will face Buhler in the semifinals next week, with a shot at the state title game on the line.