BUHLER — The Winfield High School football team saw its season come to an end Friday night in a 59-20 loss to No. 2-ranked Buhler in the KSHSAA Class 4A Sectionals.

“Moving forward, we will continue to build on the cultural changes within the football family,” WHS coach Monty Lewis said. “I think we’ve come a long way since Summer Pride began last June.”

The Vikings (4-6) stayed with Buhler for much of the first quarter. However, the Crusaders (9-1) reeled off 49 straight points behind 347 yards of total offense before Winfield could score again.

Kody Brenn hauled in a 22-yard pass from tailback Ar’mon Acosta with 2:09 left in the first quarter to pull the Vikings even 7-7.

By the time Winfield scored again, on a 66-yard run by Acosta, the Crusaders held a 56-14 lead.

“When we tied the game, I was still unsure where we were mentally,” Lewis said. “I feel like I could have done more to re-settle our players — that’s on me. Buhler is the best team I’ve seen all season — they look like State champs to me.”

The Vikings capped the scoring on a 12-yard keeper by quarterback Riley Yingling.

Buhler tailback Sam Elliott amassed 143 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries, including a 71-yard scoring jaunt with 1:46 left in the first quarter that gave Buhler the lead for good.

Acosta gained 150 yards on 19 carries in his final game in a Vikings uniform. He also completed 3 of 4 passes for 52 yards and the TD. Yingling was 5-of-10 passing for 18 yards in his final high school game.

Buhler quarterback Bradley Neill was a thrifty 8-of-10 passing for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

In addition to Acosta and Yingling, other seniors on the roster include Kyan Towles, Lance Austin, Eli Heger, Nyle Franklin, Koal Meier, Gavin Turner, Daryus Reynolds, Parker Smith, Mason Widener, Tanner Bruce, Jackson Jellings and Jackson Angle.

“We’ll learn from the negatives, but focus on all the positives from the season,” Lewis said. “I want to be clear — our program will continue to ascend and it will be squarely from the shoulders of the 2021 senior class.”

Buhler advanced to the 4A Sectionals and a meeting with Mulvane next Friday in Buhler. The Wildcats (8-2) nipped McPherson 18-16 on Friday.

Statistics courtesy Matt Shelton.

Buhler 59, Winfield 20

Winfield    7    0    7    6    —    20

Buhler    14    28    14    3    —    59

First Quarter

B — Brock McCurdy 47 pass from Bradley Neill (Jeffrey Neill kick), 9:25.

W — Kody Brenn 22 pass from Ar’mon Acosta (Austin Bryant kick), 2:09.

B — Sam Elliott 71 run (J. Neill kick), 1:46.

Second Quarter

B — McCurdy 9 pass from B. Neill (J. Neill kick), 11:22.

B — Elliott 12 run (J. Neill kick), 4:53.

B — Cody Wisecarver 10 fumble return (J. Neill kick), 3:54.

B — Tanner Tustian 20 pass from B. Neill (J. Neill kick), 1:53.

Third Quarter

B — Elliott 12 run (J. Neill kick), 9:09.

B — Elliott 9 run (J. Neill kick), 4:49.

W — Acosta 66 run (Bryant kick), 2:37.

Fourth Quarter

B — FG J. Neill, 23, 9:26.

W — Riley Yingling 12 run (pass failed), 5:08.

TEAM STATISTICS

    WHS    BHS

First Downs    16    15

  by Run    9    6

  by Pass    5    8

  by Penalty    2    1

3rd Down Conv    7-13    4-7

4th Down Conv    1-3    0-0

Rush Att-Yards    216    149

Passing Yards    70    198

Pass Comp-Att-Int    8-14-0    8-11-0

Sacked-Yards Lost    2-9    0-0

Int Ret-Yards    0    0

Fum Ret-Yards    0    10

Fumbles-Lost    1-1    2-0

Kick Ret-Yards    7-112    3-96

Punt Ret-Yards    0    1-21

Punts No-Avg Yards    4-19.8    1-21.0

Penalties-Yards    2-20    4-30

Time of Poss    29:14    18:46

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Winfield, Ar’mon Acosta 19-150, Riley Yingling 13-47, Justyce Tate 4-14, Parker Smith 4-5. Buhler, Sam Elliott 14-143, Jeffrey Neill 3-7, Jayce Spencer 2-4, Levi Atherton 1-3, Bo Van Bruggen 1-2, team 1-0, Marcus Voss 2-(minus 3), Bradley Neill 2-(minus 7).

PASSING — Winfield, Ar’mon Acosta 3-4-0 52, Riley Yingling 5-10-0 18. Buhler, Bradley Neill 8-10-0 198, Jeffrey Neill 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING — Winfield, Riley Yingling 1-29, Kody Brenn 1-22, Kyan Towles 2-9, Ar’mon Acosta 1-4, Lance Austin 1-3, Eli Heger 1-2, Logan Burleson 1-1. Buhler, Tanner Tustian 3-78, Brock McCurdy 3-67, Matthew Eddy 1-27, Sam Elliott 1-26.

MISSED FIELD GOALS — Buhler, J. Neill (n/a).

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