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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Kinsley falls to Ness City

  • The Kinsley High School football team lost 30-24 Friday night at Ness City, eliminating the Coyotes from playoff contention despite their first winning season  in 17 years.

        The loss also prevented South Gray (6-2) from making the playoffs. The Rebels were victorious 38-6 at winless Minneola Friday, but were eliminated because of Ness City’s win.


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  • The Kinsley High School football team lost 30-24 Friday night at Ness City, eliminating the Coyotes from playoff contention despite their first winning season  in 17 years.
        The loss also prevented South Gray (6-2) from making the playoffs. The Rebels were victorious 38-6 at winless Minneola Friday, but were eliminated because of Ness City’s win.
        Ness City (5-4) plays at Pretty Prairie next Tuesday.
        The Coyotes (5-4) were able to muster just six first downs on offense compared with Ness City’s 20 Friday.
        The Eagles also outrushed Kinsley 368 to 190.
        Kinsley did hold an edge in passing yards — 116 to 86 — but tossed the game’s only two interceptions, one of which was returned by the Eagles for a touchdown.
        Ness City turned the ball over to Kinsley four times via fumbles.
        “Mistakes and stuff, you know, are just part of the game,” Kinsley head coach Jeff Chambers said. “Sometimes, they seem to come at the most inopportune times. That makes and breaks teams.”
        Despite falling short of the postseason, Chambers said the Coyotes should take pride in finishing above .500 for the first time since 1993.
        “The sun will come up tomorrow,” Chambers said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board … and see how much better we can get.”
        After the game, Kinsley players, parents and coaches lined up to shake hands with and hug the team’s six seniors.
         Ness City took an 8-0 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter when Dalton Gantz intercepted a Coyotes pass and returned it for a touchdown.
        The Eagles extended their lead to 14-0 when Garrett Flax scored on a 65-yard run at the 6:27 mark in the second quaarter.
        Kinsley answered with a 4-yard scoring run by Chase Young and a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Frame to Levi Hirsch before halftime.
        Hirsch ran near the sideline and appeared to step out of bounds on two occasions before reaching the end zone, but the touchdown stood.
        The 2-point attempts on both scores were no good, and Ness City led 14-12 at the break.
        An 11-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter gave the Eagles a 22-12 advantage. The lead was upped to 30-12 following a 13-yard pass from Riley Klitzke to Flax with 3:55 left in the fourth quarter.
        The Coyotes, however, wouldn’t go quietly.
        Frame found Weston Schuette for a 65-yard touchdown with 3:36 remaining in the game, bringing the score to 30-18.
        A 65-yard option run for a touchdown by Hirsch — with help from a midfield pitch by Frame — brought the Coyotes within six points.
        Without timeouts remaining, however, Kinsley was forced to watch Ness City run out the clock to end the game.
    Page 2 of 2 -     “We came up just a little bit short,” Chambers said. “If we had another 30 seconds and two timeouts … who knows? “
        He added, “It’s good to get to that next step. The grass is getting greener. I’m looking toward next season. I wish it would start tomorrow. We’ll have to wait a while, though.”
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