FAUCETT, Mo. — Mid-Buchanan is one win closer to a state championship.

Mid-Buchanan defeated South Harrison 35-8 in the Class 1 quarterfinals Saturday to advance to the Class 1 semifinal round for the second season in a row.

“They played so dang hard and made plays when they needed to so, great victory for us and we’re just really excited to go back to the final four,” Mid-Buchanan head coach Aaron Fritz said.

The Dragons (12-1) lost in the semifinal round last season, falling 14-13 to Lincoln. Mid-Buchanan finished the season 9-5, which marked the program’s best season in history. They have since surpassed that record with only one loss this season.

“It feels amazing being in the top four teams left in the state,” Mid Buchanan senior Javan Noyes said.

Noyes was the first to make it into the endzone Saturday. The quarterback scored a 40-yard touchdown to give his team the lead.

The Dragons added onto their lead in the second quarter when TJ Runyan carried the ball 26 yards for another Mid-Buchanan touchdown.

With about a minute until halftime, the Dragons put up another six points. From one yard out, Noyes rushed in for his second touchdown of the day.

“We ran the ball a heck of a lot better than I planned on us doing because those guys are so much bigger than us, but our kids just played hard the entire game,” Fritz said.

The Dragons came out just as strong in the second half, scoring 15 points before the final whistle.

“We came out and fought hard and we gave it our all,” Mid-Buchanan junior Butch Walters said.

The Bulldogs avoided a shutout in the fourth quarter with a little over six minutes left. South Harrison junior Austin Lasher scored a 6-yard touchdown, which was followed by a successful two-point conversion.

“They didn’t quit this game. We got a late score, so that kind of showed the type of team they are. They keep running. I was proud of their effort and everything they gave this game,” South Harrison head coach Chris Schoning said.

Mid-Buchanan will face Valle Catholic (12-1) in the semifinals at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Saint Genevieve, Missouri.

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