The Class 2 District 7 Championship saw the Lafayette Co. Huskers (10-0) hosting the Holden Eagles (9-2) on Monday night.
Holden got the opening kickoff, but the first series went nowhere as the Huskers defense came out fired up for this contest and would stay that way all night.
On the following possession by Lafayette Co. the Huskers would get the ball at their own 40. They would drive sown to the Eagles 5 yard line. Then on 4th and goal Quarterback Matt Gibson would keep it on the option for a 5 yard touchdown. The point after was good and the Huskers would lead 7-0.
The Eagles would stall again but the defense would stop the Huskers. Then with 1:49 left in the first, Eagles running back Austin Tevis would show great patience and allowed his blockers to open a hole on the left side. Tevis then accelerated to the end zone for a 20 yard touchdown run. The point after though was no good as the ball bounced off the left upright. Holden 6, Higginsville 7.
Lafayette County would then answer with 10:32 left in the second when Matt Gibson hooked up with Landon Figg for a 23 yard touchdown pass. The point after was good and Lafayette County would lead 14-6.
It would be a defensive slug fest for the remainder of the half until Holden sustained a drive and Austin Tevis punched it from the 3 with 0:19 left in the second. The two point conversion though would come up short at the one with a great defensive play by the Huskers. At the half it was Holden 12, Lafayette Co. 14.
The Huskers would get the opening kickoff at the fifty when the kick went out of bounds. The Eagles would stop the Huskers but after the punt, Holden was backed up at their own 13. That drive faltered and the following punt was short and Higginsville would start their drive on the Holden 36. Two plays later Matt Gibson would keep the option and scramble for a 27 yard touchdown to give the Huskers a 21-12 lead, after the extra point, with 8:04 left in the third.
Holden would put together a 65 yard drive to the Holden 25 before penalties killed it. The defenses of both teams would stop the opposing offense after that, including an interception that killed another good drive by the Eagles. Then with 10:54 left in the game, quarterback Matt Gibson would fake a hand off and roll out to the left for a monster 79 yard touchdown run to put the Huskers up 28-12 after the extra point.
The Eagles would put together two more sustained drives, one ending with an interception on a busted halfback option, and the last drive would see the clock run out on Holden ending their season.
The Huskers are the District 7 Champs at 11-0 as they get ready to host the district 8 Champions of Class 2, the Lawson Cardinals after they beat Bishop LeBlond Monday night, 13-7.
That game will also be broadcast on 103.9 FM KRLI. Kickoff will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with pre-game at 1:15.