Bulldogs cruise past Piper
BHS led from the start, but couldn't put the Pirates away in the first half. Mason scored his first touchdown in the first quarter on a one-yard run. Piper answered that in the second quarter to tie it at 7-7.
That's when BHS went to the air game and went ahead 14-7 on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Wright to Andrew Hannon. Again, Piper answered with a touchdown to knot it at 14-14. But, on the ensuing kickoff, Mason headed up field and after an exchange of handoffs, Hannon wound up with the ball for an 88-yard kickoff return touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 21-14 at halftime.
At that point, Mason only had 69 yards, his lowest half-time yardage total of the season. But, it didn't last long. Mason and the Bulldogs blew the game open in the third quarter. A 29-yard run by Mason set up senior fullback Kyle Flory's one-yard touchdown run to open the frame. Then Mason scored on a 56-yard gallop to put BHS up 35-14.
Piper scored again in the fourth quarter, but Mason answered that with a 45-yard touchdown run for the final 41-20 margin.
The victory improved BHS's record to 9-2 on the year, while Piper's season ended with a 9-2 mark. The Bulldogs advanced to the third round of the state playoffs where they will face Fort Scott, which beat Louisburg Saturday night. That game will be Friday at Fort Scott.