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Andale Picks Off Perry in 3A State Football Game
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

Despite holding Andale to 180 less yards and 34 fewer points than their season average, Perry Lecompton could not overcome four turnovers in falling 20-0 Saturday in Hutchinson. The Indians won their 25th straight game and captured their second straight Class 3A State Championship in their first game of the year scoring less than 40 points. The Kaws were picked off four times, including twice inside the Andale 30-yard-line and ended their season 11-2, with the most wins in a football season in Perry history.

It looked like Perry was going to take the lead early in the game after converting a trio of third and short plays driving inside the Andale 20-yard-line to start the game. Yet, on a third and five play, Thad Metcalfe was picked off and the Indians drove 82 yards in 16 plays to take a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Kaws again drove inside the Andale 30 on their second drive but threw an interception on fourth down and 13 following a penalty. Andale went 73 yards in just eight plays to double the margin to 12-0 after missing both two-point-conversions as the teams trading interceptions again before halftime. Andale scored on their first drive of the season half to take a 20-0 lead and held on to defeat Perry for the second straight season in the 3A Title game.  

Two backs for Andale combined to touch the ball on all but one play and accounted for 250 of the Indians 252 total yards. Eli Rowland ran for 147 yards on 29 carries and also caught the only Andale pass of the day while Noah Meyer added 91 yards on 18 totes to complete a 12-0 season. 

Perry was led by Metcalfe, who finished his career with more than 5,000 yards of offense and over 300 points scored as he ran 24 times for 83 yards and also led the defense with 16 tackles (nine solo). Metcalfe was 10-18 passing but the four interceptions were too much to overcome. Wesley Monaghan and Hayden Robb registered double-digit tackles as well for a Perry defense that started 9 of their 12 seniors on the 2020 roster with two others missing the game because of injury (Billy Welch and Jaxson Folks). Dawson Williams had five catches for 27 yards while fellow senior Parker Stone had two receptions for 46 yards for the Kaws. 

The Perry seniors took the Kaws to two of their three state championship game apperances and won the Big 7 League for the first time this year while racking up a school record 11 wins under 20th year Head Coach Mike Paramore. The Kaws will have only a handful of players with any varsity experience returning next year, but their JV team went undefeated this season and should keep Perry as a top contender next year. 

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