When Rose Hill started the year 0-3 thanks to one of the toughest 4A schedules in the state, a trip to Winfield was just what they needed to get on track.
After beating Wichita Trinity 44-17 Thursday night, the Rockets secured a trip to the playoffs. Their first playoff game will take them back to scene of their first win of the year as they return to Winfield in a rematch of their 27-24 win over the Vikings in Week 4.
The Rockets did their damage through the air Thursday night in Wichita. Sophomore quarterback Brett Bonar through for 359 yards and six touchdowns. His six touchdowns were spread evenly with two to Harrison Haydock, two to Drew Rodman and two to Griffin McBride.
The Rockets got off to a quick start when Bonar hooked up with Haydock to complete Rose Hill’s first scoring drive. A screen pass to Rodman turned into an 80-yard touchdown pass later in the quarter to extend the lead to 14-0.
Trinity answered with a long drive that ended with quarterback Matt Jones sneaking into the end zone to cut the lead to 14-7.
But another short pass resulted in 56 yards after the catch as Haydock dove into the end zone for his second TD of the game.
Trinity looked to have seized back some momentum when Jones hooked up with receivers on two quick passes and got the Knights into scoring position. A 27-yard field goal cut the lead to 21-10 as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Rodman recovered a Tyler Burns fumble and then caught his second touchdown pass of the game from 23 yards out.
But Jones answered with his second touchdown run to finish off a drive for Trinity that kept the Knights within striking distance at 28-17.
A sack by Bailey Rushing on fourth down of the next Knight drive gave Rose Hill the ball deep in Trinity territory. Bonar hit freshman Griffin McBride for a nine-yard touchdown pass to extend the Rocket’s lead.
It was the fourth quarter before Rose Hill scored without Bonar throwing a pass. Owen Zimmerman blocked a punt that squirted out the back of the end zone for a safety to make the score 37-17 and give the Rockets the ball back.
It didn’t take long for Bonar and McBride to hook up again for another touchdown. This time, the pass play went for 38 yards and set the final score at 44-17.
Rose Hill heads to Winfield to start the 4A playoffs Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Winfield lost to Clearwater but beat Mulvane and Wellington to win their district.