The Sabetha Bluejays defeated Pratt 43-42 to win the 3A state football championship on Saturday in Hutchinson. It’s the second straight state title for Sabetha.
The Bluejays jumped out to an 18-0 lead, but Pratt stormed back to grab a 21-18 lead in the third quarter. Sabetha responded with a field goal to tie the game at 21. The teams went back and forth with Pratt grabbing a 35-28 lead with less than two minutes to play. Sabetha tied the game with less than a minute to play.
The game went to overtime and once again, Sabetha trailed 42-35, but Gabe Garber connected with Ryan Stapleton to bring the game to 42-41. Sabetha went for the two point conversion and Garber converted to give Sabetha the win and its second straight state title.
“I wanted the ball and I’m glad that coach had the confidence to come to me cause I definitely had the confidence,” said Stapleton.
“We trust each other, the brotherhood we’ve built throughout the year just allows us to trust one another
that it was fourth and 6. We knew we were gonna score and right away we all agreed that we were gonna go for two. We were gonna win this or lose this together,” said senior running back Joe Gruber.
“It feels really good because winning one is hard enough, winning two is very hard just because every team is after you because they know you won it last year and you’re getting everybody’s best shot and we got Pratt’s best shot, we got the western halves best shot and our kids were able to make one more play than they did,” said Sabetha coach Garrett Michael.