By BLAKE SPURNEY
Hesston Record Staff
HUTCHINSON — The Hesston Swathers trailed for just two minutes in the Class 3A championship game here Saturday, but the Rossville Bulldogs showed why they are three-time state champions by tying the game with 1:22 left to play and winning on their first offensive play in overtime.
Rossville won the coin toss before the extra period and elected to play defense. On third down, the Bulldogs recovered quarterback Zach Esau’s fumble at the 1.
Rossville quarterback Jacob Bradshaw, who gouged Hesston with 283 rushing yards, then sealed the game with a 10-yard sweep to the left corner of the end zone.
Hesston’s players were inconsolable after the loss. Head coach Clint Rider said he told Esau, “That I love him. I mean, we obviously would not have been in that game. We wouldn’t have been in that game if it wasn’t for him. So he needs to hold his head high. He should be very proud.”
“I mean, we don’t have anything left,” Jake Wingfield said about Swathers’ effort.
“It was loud on the field,” said Zack Ledford. “Give a big thank you to the crowd that came out. We played the best we could. The odds just weren’t with us today.”
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