ANDOVER — A pair of special teams touchdowns aided a huge first half by Andover Central. Seniors Jacob Taylor and Xavier Bell both scored on returns, and Andover Central built a 42-0 halftime lead Friday in the opening round of the 4A football state playoffs.
"That is one thing that we talked about is we haven't scored on special teams this year," Derek Tuttle, ACHS head coach said. "We challenged the kids in all phases of the game. They came out and did really well."
Circle's lone score came in the fourth quarter on a one-yard quarterback sneak by senior Luke Meyers. The touchdown made it 42-7 and that score stood at the final gun.
The Jaguars (8-1) advance to next Friday's regional where they host Augusta (5-4) in another Butler County showdown.
For Circle, the season ends at 1-8. Head coach Logan Clothier talked to his team about adversity and points to take away for the program to continue to improve.
"Our senior class has done so much in the weight room and in offseason practices," Clothier said. "The expectations of Circle winning three games in the last two years is something that hasn't been done in a while. The kids aren't satisfied and neither are our coaches. Our community is behind us. We need to continue to work and get our program moving in the right direction."