With a trip to the CIF Championship on the line, Salina hosts Sioux City tonight in the Northern Division final. The Bandits, looking to avenge a 60-58 loss to the Liberty earlier this season enter tonight 10-3.
End of Q1- Salina: 3, Sioux City: 0
At the end of 1 quarter, a Jimmy Allen Field Goal was all that stood between Salina and Sioux City. Both teams struggled to feel each other out on offense, and plenty of missed opportunities were left on the field for both teams.
End of Q2- Salina: 25, Sioux City: 22
At the half, the Bandit offense has finally started to chip away at Salina. Quarterback Liam Nadler added two touchdowns to the Sioux City tally, one on the ground and one in the air. However, Salina has been kept in the game by excellent special teams play including back to back touchdown returns from Dominique Carson. Derrick Bernard finally broke through in the closing seconds of the half with the first offensive touchdown of the night for Salina. Sioux City will take the opening kick of the second half.
End of Q3- Salina: 32, Sioux City: 37
After 3 quarters Salina trails Sioux City by 5 after a huge Liberty fumble, followed by a one play touchdown drive for the Bandits. Two touchdowns and a field goal allowed Sioux City to retake the lead. We head to the fourth and final quarter, each team fighting to keep their championship hopes alive.
Final- Salina: 39, Sioux City: 45
Salina loses a heartbreaker as Sioux City moves on to the CIF championship game. Salina advances the ball to the goal line with 20 seconds remaining but can’t punch it in in the closing seconds of the game. The Liberty finish the season 10-4. The Bandits advance to 11-3 and will take on the winner of Texas and Duke City in the CIF final next Saturday.
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