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Sylvan-Lucas Advances Past Triplains-Brewster

Sylvan-Lucas High SchoolWINONA-Beau Batchman rushed for 187 yards and threw two touchdown passes while Quarterback Jaxson Heenan and Kilby Meyer rushed for two touchdowns apiece as the Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs opened play in the 8-Man Division ll Playoffs with a 52-8 victory Thursday evening on the Titans' home field.

Sylvan-Lucas used 7 minutes and 28 seconds of the first quarter to march 65 yards in 13 plays before Batchman uncorked his first touchdown pass of the game, a five-yard toss to Dawson Rhudolph to make the score 8-0 after the two-point conversion.  This was the only score of a fast moving first quarter.

The Mustangs hit paydirt twice more in the second stanza on a two-yard run by Heenan and a 28-yard touchdown pass from Batchman to Alex Hernandez.  Sylvan-Lucas converted one of their two-point tries and led 22-0 at halftime.  Heenan added a one-yard scoring run early in the third quarter to increase the Sylvan-Lucas advantage to 28-0.

Triplains-Brewster then got on the scoreboard 40 seconds after Heenan's tally when Quarterback Cayde Welsh connected with Running Back Weston Schmidt on a 57-yard touchdown pass and the Titans converted their two-point try to pull to within 28-8.  However, that was as close as Triplains-Brewster would get as the Mustangs responded soon after.

Kilby Meyer scored on runs of six and three yards late in the third quarter and on the first play of the fourth quarter and both two-point conversions were good to expand the lead to 44-8.  Then Hernandez picked off Welsh on the next series and returned the interception 37 yards for the final score of the to make the margin 52-8.  The Mustangs then ran one final drive to take time off the clock and secure their fourth straight victory.

Sylvan-Lucas (6-3) racked up 375 yards of total offense with 324 on the ground and 51 through the air.  The stingy Mustang defense held Triplains-Brewster to 201 total yards and just 90 rushing.  One statistic that will not please coach Ben Labertew and his staff:  Penalties.  Sylvan-Lucas was whistled for 12 flags for a total of 105 yards.

Sylvan-Lucas will next play at Osborne in the second round.  The Bulldogs remained undefeated with an easy 56-8 win over Sharon Springs-Wallace County Thursday evening at home.  In the second round of last year's playoffs, Osborne defeated Sylvan-Lucas 66-20 and also blanked the Mustangs 48-0 on September 27 of this year.

Kickoff for the Friday, November 8 game in Osborne is set for 6 p.m.  The game will air on KRSL 990AM/98.1 FM and online at krsl.com.

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