Buffaloes hope to claim second state title in three years

The Meade Buffaloes have been able to deliver a little revenge in their last two games in the Class 2-1A football playoffs.
Now that the Buffaloes have already received the icing, they will be looking for the cake Saturday afternoon at Fort Hays State University when they play for the state championship against defending champion Centralia and the Panthers' 21-game winning streak.
The Buffaloes haven't been pushed too much in their three wins against Decatur County (47-0), Sterling (32-14) and LaCrosse (34-12). Meade has averaged 325.3 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns during the playoffs.
Trevin Wiens has run for 550 yards in the three playoff games and eight scores while Chris Hardaway has scampered in 279 yards and six touchdowns to help the Buffaloes continue to shine.
Now the Buffaloes get to battle the unbeaten Panthers, who have been very dominant as well and winning pretty much the same way as the Buffaloes: a strong running game backed up by a strong defense.
After giving up 16 points to St. Mary's in the opening game of the season, no team has scored more than eight in a game against the Panthers until Lyndon scored 14 in the sub-state contest. Centralia has given up 66 points this season.
J.T. Rosine ran for 1,733 yards and 28 touchdowns and Sam Steinlage added 1,284 and 27 scores in the Panthers' ground game. In the sub-state victory over Lyndon, Rosine had 213 rushing yards and three scores and Steinlage added 161 yards and two touchdowns.