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South Barber Football wins regional championship


November 13, 2019

The South Barber Chieftains won the Regional Championship round of the Kansas 8-man Football Playoffs, 62-22 over Norwich.

The Chieftains put away a pesky Norwich squad in the second half after trailing at halftime 22-16. South Barber came out strong on their first drive and took the ball down the field and scored on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Gatlin Jewell, with Emilio Perez running over to give SB a quick 8-0 lead.

After that Norwich was forced to punt on their first drive. SB had some penalties and miscues that stopped their next drives with the first quarter ending at 8–0. Norwich then used some trick plays to get down into scoring territory on their next two drives and were able to get it to a 14–8 lead midway through the second quarter.

That's when the Chieftains went to work and put together a nice drive that ended on a 19 yard TD and extra point passes to Caden Ratheger to take a 16-14 lead late in the second quarter. Norwich went down and scored right before the half to take a 22-16 lead into halftime.

There were a lot of nervous Chieftain fans coming back out for the second half but saw their team take over in the second half after coach Cantrell and his squad made their halftime adjustments. The second half was all South Barber after Trevor Rooks finished a drive with a 12 yard run to put the Chieftains up 24-22.

The defense continued to smother Norwich the whole second half. Gage Cantrell (who didn't play in the first half because of injury) came out and had a great second half to give his team a boost. He caught a touchpass on the next drive to extend the Chieftain lead to 32-22.

The rest of the second half was dominated by the Chieftains' offensive line and their running game on the way to a 62-22 win. The Chieftains out-scored Norwich 46-0 in the second half.

South Barber Stats

SB Rushing: 418 yards

Trevor Rooks – 34 carries for 345 yards

Tyler Schupbach – 13 carries for 44 yards

Cadan Rathgeber – 6 carries for 27 yards

Emilio Perez – 3 carries for 2 yards

SB Passing: 70 yards

Gage Cantrell – 2 catches for 22 yards

Caden Rathgeber – 4 catches for 30 yards

Gatlin Jewell – 3 catches for 9 yards

Tyler Shupbach – 2 catches for 9 yards

Norwich Stats

Rushing: 158

Passing : 104


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