Only one area team the Granada Bobcats remain standing after the quarterfinals of the 6-man state playoffs last weekend.
#3 Granada throttled #6 Arickaree, 79-50, in a quarterfinal game play at Manuel Gonzales Field on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The Eads Eagles and Cheyenne Wells Tigers saw their seasons come to an end.
#1 Stratton crushed #9 Eads, 70-16, and #5 Otis downed #4 Cheyenne Wells, 44-26.
In the upcoming state semifinals, Granada (8-3) will travel to Fleming to square off against the #2 Wildcats (9-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
“Our upcoming matchup with Fleming is one we’re really looking forward too,” said Granada head coach Traegon Marquez. “Coach John King runs a solid program up north and they do all the little things right. They are going to be a tough challenge and we’re going to have to be ready to get after it for four quarters.”
“Our seniors played in a semifinal matchup with them in Fleming two years ago where we came up just short (52-46),” Marquez said. “That was my first year as head coach and since then we’ve been able to get to this semifinal round three times. Those were really successful seasons, but we really want to push past it and get a chance to compete for a championship.”
In Granada’s state quarterfinal game, the Bobcats struck for three touchdowns on the air and seven touchdowns on the ground.
The Bobcats had 308 yards passing and 256 yards rushing.
The Bobcats took a 24-8 led after the first quarter and extended that lead to 48-22 at halftime.
Granada’s lead stood at 63-38 at the end of three quarters. The Bobcats outscored the Bison, 16-12, in the fourth quarter.
In the air, quarterback Brandon Gonzales completed 11-of-13 passes for 260 yards and 2 TDs.
Maddox Coleman also completed 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards and 1 TD.
Coleman was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 150 yards.
Oryan Hainer had 2 receptions for 61 yards and 1 TD.
John Hainer had 4 catches for 59 yards and 1 TD.
Gonzales had 3 catches for 38 yards and 1 TD.
Guevara registered 9 tackles (7 solo) and O. Hainer also had 9 tackles.
Coleman had 7 takedowns, Gonzales 6, and Luis Cano 5.
Jose Sanchez was 9-for-9 on PAT kicks.
On the ground, Jonus Guevara had 17 carries for 115 yards and 3 TDs.
Coleman added 11 carrries for 80 yards and 2 TDs.
John Hainer added 61 yards on 7 carries and scored 2 TDs.
Coach Marquez said, “I’m proud of our guys for this one. We have been really clicking on offense and most everything we dial up, we’ve had some success with. We have a really balanced attack and it works because we’re winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and blocking really well.
“Defensively we’ve performed well too despite giving up 50 points. It’s just 6-man football against a spread offense that is tough to pin down. Arickaree had a late touchdown followed by an onside recovery and another late touchdown to make the score look closer than the game was.”
#1 Stratton 70, #9 Eads 16
#5 Otis 44, #4 Cheyenne Wells 26
#3 Granada 79, #6 Arickaree 50
#2 Fleming 66, #7 Genoa-Hugo 30
Sat., Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
Otis (9-2) at Stratton (12-0)
Granada (8-3) at Fleming (9-2)