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November 3, 2011
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Cass Midway’s 2011 varsity football season came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday, November 2, as the Vikings lost a regional playoff game on the road to the Osceola Indians 13 to 10. The Vikings and the Indians played in a cold steady rain.


Midway scored the game’s first points as Bobby Zielinski ran 6 yards for a Viking touchdown at 5:25 of the first quarter. Tyler Willms made the point after touchdown kick to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead on the Indians.


Osceola nearly brought the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown. The Indians took advantage of the short field and Osceola’s Hawk Duggins scored on a 3 yard touchdown run at 4:40 of the first quarter. The extra point kick failed, leaving the score Midway 7 and Osceola 6.


The only scoring in the second quarter came from the toe of Midway’s Tyler Willms. Tyler booted a 25 yard field goal for the Vikings at 9:42 of the second quarter. The Vikings led 10 to 7 at the half.


Osceola was the only team to score in the second half. The Indians’ quarterback Jacob Stewart ran around the Vikings for 14 yards and a touchdown at 3:26 of the third quarter. An extra point kick by Josh Keene made the final tally Osceola 13 and Midway 10.


Midway generated 146 yards of total offense in the regional playoff game. All but nine of the Vikings total offensive yards came in the first half.


Taylor Ayres was Midway’s leading rusher with 53 yards on 17 carries. Bobby Zielinski gained 25 yards on 9 carries. Peyton Semsch ran the ball 3 times and gained 3 yards. Dylan Wise had one carry, but there was no gain on the play.


Midway quarterback Taylor Ayres was 7 of 17 passing the football for 65 yards. Dylan Wise caught 5 passes for 61 yards. Clay Dahman made a 7 yard reception. Peyton Semsch also caught a pass, but the reception went for negative yards.


Tyler Willms averaged 39.7 yards per kick on 3 kickoffs. Taylor Ayres averaged 48.0 yards per punt on 5 punts. Blake Mullikin returned 1 kickoff for 5 yards. Dylan Wise had a 24 yard kickoff return and a 17 yard punt return.


Osceola had 224 yards of total offense in the game. The Indians held the ball long enough to run fifty-seven offensive plays.


Midway’s defensive leader was Joey Beller with 6 solo tackles and 15 assists. Chandler Nelson had 4 unassisted tackles and 6 assists. Paul Stark had 5 solo tackles and 3 assists. Taylor Ayres had 4 unassisted tackles and 6 assists.


Bobby Zielinski made 4 unassisted tackles and assisted on 3 tackles. Clay Dahman had 3 solo tackles and 3 assists. Peyton Semsch had 2 unassisted tackles and 5 assists. Conrad King had 2 solo tackles and 3 assists.


Kyle Bayard made 2 unassisted tackles and 5 assists. Blake Mullikin made 1 solo tackle and assisted on 5 tackles. Dylan Wise had 1 unassisted tackle and 1 assist. Christian Cromer assisted on 2 tackles and Jake Lambertz assisted on 1 tackle.


Midway finished the season with a record of 7 wins and 4 defeats. The Vikings tied the Drexel Bobcats for the Western Missouri Conference title.


“We had a good season,” said Viking head coach Larry Burchett. “We have high expectations each and every season of Midway football. We expect to make a run at the conference title and we expect to be in the playoffs. We met both of those expectations this season. We just weren’t ready for the season to end, but we never are.”



This article appears courtesy of The Adrian Journal and The Drexel Star.

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