Losing game ends season for Mavericks

The Kiowa County Mavericks marched down the field ready to score in Tuesday night’s bi-district play-off , but a couple of penalties shut that drive down. The Mavericks lost Brett McVey on that drive to a knee injury.

“Henry (Cuevas) filled in nicely for him on defense, but I wished he would have been able to play,” head coach Clint Young said.

“That really disrupted things on both sides of the ball. The only way they were able to run the ball was by scrambles. Big guys were doubled and held all night with didn't help our coverage.”

Central Plains had its first touchdown with 2:58 on the clock in the first quarter. Braeden Crites passed to Alex Barton, who ran for 50 yards. The two-point conversion pass by Braeden Cites to Michael Ryan was good, making the score 8-0.

“We played a good first quarter and things just got away from us in the second,” Young said.

In last week’s game, the Mavericks shut out the Macksville Mustangs. In Tuesday night’s bi district play-off game, the Mavericks were scoreless against the Central Plains Oilers. They lost by a score of 46-0, ending a 5-5 season for the Mavericks.

With 11:53 on the clock in the second quarter, Crites passed to Michael Ryan who ran an eight-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion pass by Crites to Ryan was no good.

A punt attempt by the Mavericks’ Corey Erickson was blocked in the end zone and recovered by Ryan for a touchdown.

The two-point conversion run by Jacob Warnken was good, making the score 30-0. There was 2:44 on the clock in the second quarter.

Crites passed to Bryce Miller who ran for a 10-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion pass to Michael Ryan was good bringing the score to 38-0 with 31 seconds left in the second quarter.

The game ended with 4:34 left in the third quarter. Crites passed to Michael Ryan who ran 40 yards for a touchdown. A two-point conversion by Crites was good, making the final score 46-0.

“They are a good team and played very well, so we congratulate them and wish them the best of luck,” Young said.

The Mavericks played a tough schedule and had several games “where if it could go wrong, it did,” Young said.

Young had kind words for his players.

“This group is a very good football team, way better than the record shows,” he said. “They may not have always been the best football team, but they were without a doubt always the best young men on the field. They are a great example of what young men can be, both on and off the field. I have really enjoyed our time together and am so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend the amount of time with them that I have.”