Three peat! Andale leaves no doubt who’s the State’s best 3A football team

MINDY KEPFIELD Andale High School football wins its third straight Class 3A state title over Frontenac Saturday at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson.

by Bill Bush

ANDALE—Andale made it 38 straight games and back-to-back-to-back 3A State Championships with a 53-0 pounding of Frontenac at Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson Saturday afternoon.

The Indians dominated the game from start to finish, outgaining the Raiders on offense 570-48 yards.

In the first half it was a steady diet of Cody Parthemer, who carried the ball 16 times for 144 yards in the first two quarters. It was Jonah Meyer who put the Indians on the board on their first possession with a 46-yard dash.

After a Frontenac punt (Andale forced them to punt on all four of their possessions), Parthemer sprinted 44 yards on the first play, but it took Andale another ten plays before they punched in their second touchdown when Gage Prosser plunged in from one yard out.

Andale fumbled on their third possession, but when they got the ball back again, a 27-yard run by Parthemer set up a one-yard quarterback sneak by Wyatt Spexarth to make the score 18-0. Andale failed on its three two-point conversions in the first half.

The Indians blew it open in the third quarter by scoring four touchdowns, three of which were one-play drives. Prosser had touchdown runs of 54 and 50 yards and Riley Marx had a 35-yard run. Spexarth had another 1-yard touchdown sneak and Marlo Sullivan made three of four extra points to put Andale up 45-0 at the end of three quarters.

Andale head coach Dylan Schmidt said the offense gained a lot of momentum in the third quarter.

“I felt like we wore them down a little bit and you saw those runs start to pop,” Schmidt said. “They (the players) were excited about it and no doubt it’s a jolt.”

Owen Eck scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth and Nathan Seck ran in for the two-point conversion to complete the scoring for Andale.

Prosser finished the game with 10 carries, 164 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Parthemer rushed 19 times for 154 yards. As a team, Andale rushed for 504 yards.

Frontenac finished the game with 6 rushing yards and 42 passing yards.

Defensively, Andale was led by Kelby Eck who had 5 solo and 4 assisted tackles. Meyer, Nathan Nemechek and Marx each had 4 tackles. Marx and Parthemer each had a sack.

Schmidt said that Andale doesn’t have to play a lot of guys both ways and that showed as the Indians’ had a different energy level than the Raiders offense.

He said the credit for the dominating performance on defense goes to the defensive staff and the kids.

“I think the biggest thing is we were winning on first down,” Schmidt said. “It seemed like they couldn’t get much going and then they were behind the chains and it’s third and long.”

Frontenac ends the season at 10-3. Andale ends the season at a perfect 13-0. This is their third straight 3A State title.

“It was just a great team effort,” Schmidt said. “Special teams were outstanding, offense, defense, it was a total team effort. It was a fun team to be a part of because everyone buys in and does their part. What an awesome game.”

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