Streaking Firebirds take district title

November 1, 2014 - Finding Carter

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Free State High youth quarterback Bryce Torneden, right, simply slips past a Topeka High invulnerability for a touchdown during their football Friday night during Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka. The Firebirds won a high scoring game, 53-37, and with a win they bind a home playoff diversion subsequent Friday.

Free State football during Topeka


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First downs 18 8

Rushes-yards 46-198 36-374

Passing yards 220 67

Total offense 418 441

Return yards 70 169

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1

Penalties-yards 2-10 7-80

Score by quarters

Free State 19 20 8 6 — 53

Topeka 9 14 14 0 — 37

Individual statistics


FS: Carson Bowen 12-116 TD, Bryce Torneden 12-113 2 TD, Khaury El-Amin 10-131 2 TD, Tye Carter 2-16.

THS: Mike McCoy 16-59 TD, Saylor Caraway 11-21, Alec Beatty 18-99 TD, Khalil Austin 1-19.


FS: Torneden 3-6-67 2 TD.

THS: Beatty 14-23-220 3 TD and 3 INT.


FS: Joel Spain 1-51 TD, Andrew Keating 1-13 TD, Carson Bowen 1-3.

THS: Austin 7-141 3 TD, Dante Brooks 4-38, McCoy 3-40.


First quarter

7:59 — Bryce Torneden 3 run. Jack Flynn flog good. (FS 7, THS 0.)

5:25 — Khalil Austin 41 pass from Alec Beatty. Ruth Fiander flog failed. (FS 7, THS 6.)

5:05 — Khaury El-Amin 72 run. Flynn flog failed. (FS 13, THS 6.)

3:09 — Fiander 24 margin goal. (FS 13, THS 9.)

1:46 — Torneden 66 run. El-Amin run failed. (FS 19, THS 9.)

Second quarter

11:50 — Austin 18 pass from Beatty. Fiander flog good. (FS 19, THS 16.)

11:37 — Carson Bowen 87 flog return. Flynn flog good. (FS 26, THS 16.)

9:20 — Mike McCoy 6 run. Fiander flog good. (FS 26, THS 23.)

6:08 — Joel Spain 51 pass from Torneden. Flynn flog failed. (FS 32, THS 23.)

4:52 — Andrew Keating 8 pass from Torneden. Flynn flog good. (FS 39, THS 23.)

Third quarter

11:15 — Bowen 21 run. Tye Carter pass from Torneden. (FS 47, THS 23.)

9:18 — Austin 34 pass from Beatty. Fiander flog good. (FS 47, THS 30.)

0:28 — Beatty 7 run. Fiander flog good. (FS 47, THS 37.)

Fourth quarter

6:51 — El-Amin 21 run. Torneden run failed. (FS 53, THS 37.)

— There was a time progressing this deteriorate when Free State High’s football group was bogged down with injuries to several starters and had a losing record.

Not anymore.

The Firebirds are Class 6A District 5 champions after proof they can contest with some of a best teams in a state. They flog fourth-ranked Topeka High in a shootout, 53-37, on Friday during Hummer Sports Park.

In a initial half, Free State (6-3) scored on 5 of a 6 drives. The sole difference was a mislaid fumble, though a Firebirds done adult for it with an 87-yard kick-return touchdown from Carson Bowen when they overwhelmed a round again.

“Our linemen unequivocally came out … we have to give a shoutout to them, man,” pronounced Bowen, a 5-foot-11 behind who rushed 116 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. “They destitute their (butts) this whole time. we desired it.”

The descent line — Scott Frantz, Shane Hofer, Coleman Houk, Josiah LeBrun and Tanner Liba — non-stop gaping holes via a night, assisting a Firebirds finish with 3 rushers over 100 yards. Junior quarterback Bryce Torneden also kept Topeka’s invulnerability on a heels with read-option runs and play-action passes.

Torneden threw dual touchdowns median by a second quarter, anticipating comparison Joel Spain on a 51-yard toss over a center of a margin and afterwards attack comparison Andrew Keating with a 13-yard pass in a dilemma of a finish section on a subsequent possession.

“Bryce did a good pursuit with all of his reads and regulating a ball,” Spain said. “I consider a line did a good pursuit substantiating a run early, and we consider that’s what unequivocally helped us out.”

From a opening kick, a Firebirds started fast, as Spain grabbed an interception on a third play of a game. Later in a initial quarter, Free State’s invulnerability done a stop in a red zone, holding Topeka to a margin goal, that harm a Trojans from gripping adult with a Firebirds’ fast-paced touchdown frenzy.

“We saw some things that we suspicion we could take advantage of, and we did. We had to,” FSHS manager Bob Lisher pronounced of his team’s offense. The Firebirds finished with as many touchdowns as they did initial downs, eight, by prolonged scoring plays.

The Trojans (7-2) cut their necessity to 10 points mid by a third entertain after forcing punts on dual Free State possessions, though a Firebirds’ invulnerability tightened up, and youth regulating behind Khaury El-Amin punctuated a feat with a 21-yard touchdown mid by a fourth quarter. El-Amin, a 180-pound behind who finds good cutback lanes while regulating his energy and speed, finished with 131 yards and dual touchdowns.

“We knew their offense was powerful compared to their defense, so we knew we had to govern on offense to assistance a invulnerability out,” pronounced Torneden, a sleek curtain who ran for 113 yards and dual touchdowns. “I’m blissful we did it. We had a good bid from everyone.”

Topeka’s no-huddle offense had a moments, with comparison quarterback Alec Beatty rushing for 99 yards and throwing for 220. He also tossed 3 touchdowns to jaunty comparison receiver Khalil Austin, though a Firebirds stepped adult when they indispensable to.

After Spain grabbed another interception during a finish of a initial quarter, a Trojans scored on their subsequent dual drives. But during a finish of a initial half, a Firebirds done another stop in a red section before a time ran out, highlighted by a pouch from Bowen.

“They’re a quick offense,” Bowen said. “Their quarterback can throw. They have a large regulating back. Their far-reaching receivers are all fast. They have a good offense, though they’ve been scoring 50 to 60 points a game. Holding them to 37 is not what we wanted, though we’ll take it.”

Free State’s seniors hoisted a district champions prize during midfield after a diversion and are unapproachable of their four-game winning strain to spin their deteriorate around.

The Firebirds will horde Wichita Northwest (7-2) in a first-round playoff diversion Friday.

“That’s a two-, three- or four-hour train float that we don’t have to take subsequent week,” Lisher said. “So we conclude that.”

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