CONWAY SPRINGS — McPherson High did not corner the market on fantastic football finishes this weekend.
Hesston High fans will probably beg to differ that they saw the best finish ever.
Jorge Morales’ 24-yard field goal on the final play of the game Saturday night lifted Hesston to an incredible 45-42 victory over previously undefeated Conway Springs to keep its dream alive in the Class 3A playoffs.
The Swathers, now 8-3, will be at home on Friday to take on another undefeated team Phillipsburg in the quarterfinals.
“It was the best high school football game I've been a part of,” first-year Hesston coach Tyson Bauerle said.
Conway Springs had tied the game at 42-all on a Trenton Jones 4-yard run with 3:38 left in the fourth quarter.
It was a wild game from the start, as the Swathers had a 28-22 halftime lead, but Conway Springs tied the game at 34-all going into the fourth quarter.
It was an offensive feast for both teams in the wildly entertaining game. The Swathers had 504 yards, with Cameron Cox rushing for 144 yards and three scores while passing for 273 and three more scores. Parker Roth had 95 yards rushing on 17 attempts and Reese Nebel had 8 catches for 103 yards and a score. Mitchell Martin and Grady Toews also caught TD passes.
Jones rushed for 169 yards and four scores to lead the Cardinals. Colton Terhune added 144 yards on 19 carries and a score. Terhune threw only one pass in the game, good for 47 yards to Zachary Mercer and a TD.
Hesston ran an amazing 74 plays to 52 for the Cardinals.
Conway Springs had entered the game 10-0.
The Hesston-Phillipsburg winner will be matched against either Cheney or Marysville in the semifinals.