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Centralia Looks to Dethrone Defending Champ Olpe in 1A Sub-State
By Jonny Kane
Copyright: MSC Sports

Two perennial powers are set to meet for the right to go to the Class 1A State Championship on Friday night as the Centralia Panthers (9-2) will host the Olpe Eagles (11-0).

This is a rematch from the sectional round from two seasons ago when Centralia squeaked out a 22-20 win on the road at Olpe.

Both teams are coming off impressive victories which includes the Panthers dominating Lyndon 53-22 and the Eagles blanking Jeff County North 28-0.

Centralia got off to a slow start last week allowing Lyndon to score on their opening possession, but the Panthers responded with a long touchdown run by Ethan McNally who scored five times while the defense collected three interceptions in the rout.

McNally finished with 173 yards on the ground with those five scores, while Jarod Blaha added 113 yards and two scores.

Following the big game McNally is just shy of 1,200 rushing yards on the season with 24 touchdowns while Blaha has collected 741 yards and seven scores on the ground. McNally has also thrown for 778 yards and eight touchdowns this season, although he needed just one pass last week.

Olpe meanwhile continued their dominant season last week holding Jeff County North to just 92 yards of offense while scoring all 28 points in the first half of their 28-0 victory for their 24th consecutive win.

Damon Redeker threw two touchdowns and for 173 yards in the win while rushing for another score and leads the team with 1251 passing yards with 27 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions while rushing for 789 yards and 14 more scores.

Derek Hoelting has also been a stud offensively for the Eagles compiling over 800 rushing yards with seven touchdowns while also racking up over 350 yards receiving with six scores. Garret Cole has added 442 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns while Blake Redeker and Truman Bailey have combined for 15 receiving scores.

The most impressive part about the No. 1-ranked Eagles comes defensively where they have allowed just 12 total points all season while pitching nine shutouts.

These two teams have played just three times in the last 15 years with two of them coming recently. Olpe holds a 2-1 series advantage in that span but all three games within 10 points or less including a pair of two-point affairs.

Kickoff for Friday night's sub-state game is scheduled for 7 pm in Centralia with live coverage on 92.1 KMZA.

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