WICHITA — The Hesston Swathers finally ran into a team they couldn’t outscore.
The prolific Swathers put up 35 points on Wichita Collegiate Saturday night in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs, but they couldn’t keep up with the Spartans, who were able to score both offensively and defensively.
A pair of pick-sixes, plus a high-powered offense, led the Spartans to a 61-35 victory.
Hesston’s perfect season ended as it closed the year 10-1 and is 18-3 in two years under coach Clint Rider.
Grant Raleigh certainly did his part for the Swathers, throwing for 337 yards and three scores, while rushing for 81 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns.
Two of Raleigh’s TD strikes were bombs, 76 yards to Cole Rostetter and 75 to Zach Esau. The other was a 7-yard flip to Brad Simpson. Esau totaled five catches for 131 yards and Rostetter added 118 on four snags.
Collegiate’s Jacques Williams scored five times, including a pick-six. He had 167 yards on 21 carries. The Spartans rushed for 308 yards on the night and Rose Hill transfer Austin Waddell added 138 through the air.
Collegiate, whose only loss is to 4A Division II power Andale, goes to Scott City on Saturday.