The game was tough, and towards the end filled with turnovers, but as the dust settled the Colcord Hornets brought home the South Delaware County Bowl win for the fourth time in as many years.
The final score placed Colcord ahead of neighboring county rivals, Kansas, 56 to 12. This means Colcord earns a spot in the District 2A playoffs.
The team will now face Adair, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 10, in Adair, who won the 2A-7 spot on Friday, with a 36-14 win at a Commerce.
"Every year is a rivalry game going back decades and we have won the last 17 of 21 games which is a really good run," said Colcord Coach Curtis Waltman. "Anytime you make the playoffs there is great pride and we have consistently made the playoffs the past 20 years.
"Until last year we haven't had a loosing record -- it motivated our kids to get us back to what we expect here at Colcord."
Colcord ends the season with a 5-5 record, and 3-3 within the 2A-7 district play.
Kansas ends the season with a 4-6 record and 2-4 in district, with loses to Victory Christian, Holland Hall, Salina and Colcord.
Colcord entered this game with an edge, with 16 wins in the previous 20 years. Kansas's last win in 2012, followed victories in 2003, 2004 and 2011.
This is the first time Waltman, will make a trip to the playoffs as head coach with his players. Waltman is in his second year directing the Comets.
Waltman knows a a bit about what his players will experience as they face Adair on Friday, since Colcord faced Adair in week four action, losing 20 to 36.
"It's a game we looked back on and the kids recognized we were much better then we played. We didn't play well the first half."
Ultimately, though, Waltman believes his team can be competitive this weekend against Adair and move on to extend their season via the playoffs.
About the win
The score of the game built through the first three quarters, as Colcord's senior quarterback Spencer Earp built the team's lead over the Comets 50-0.
In fact, Kansas stayed without a score until the fourth quarter, when the team was able to add 12 points to the board in the last two minutes of the game.
Earp's stats included 14 consecutive passes during a second quarter stretch. He had two passing touchdowns to Matthew Farris, a rushing touchdown and a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown to elicit a 36-0 halftime lead.
Waltman had his offense open with five straight passing plays. Earp went on the complete 5 of 7 passes for 58 yards on the first drive to begin his streak of 14 straight completions. He finished 19 of 25 for 248 yards.
After a fumble recovery by Julio Maury, Earp rushed for a touchdown before later passing for another score to Ryan Castleman to push the margin to 50-0 late in third quarter.
Castleman's second rushing touchdown made it 56-0 before Kansas slipped the shutout with two touchdowns.
For Colcord's seniors, the win gave them not only a chance to enter playoffs, but to also cap off their season - and the annual senior night activities - on a positive note.
Scores at a glance
2017 - Colcord 56 Kansas 12
2016 – Colcord 45 Kansas 26
2015 – Colcord 53 Kansas 24
2014 – Colcord 60 Kansas 0
Colcord vs. Kansas - The Stats
Colcord 56, Kansas 12
Col — Farris 31 pass from Earp (Doyle kick), 5:57
Col — Earp 2 run (Doyle kick), 10:24
Col — Castleman 6 run (Doyle kick), 4:07
Col — Farris 21 pass from Earp (Doyle kick), 1:22
Col — Earp 66 interception (Doyle kick), :24
Col — Earp 8 run (Doyle kick), 4:42
Col — Castleman 28 pass from Earp (Doyle kick), 1:39
Col — Castleman 14 run (kick failed), 11:04
Kan — Glass 2 run (kick failed), 1:13
Kan — Reeder 50 pass from Glass (kick failed), :32