Iola falls short of playoff bid; Humboldt, MV drop regular season finales

Iola's Mustangs saw a fourth-quarter lead slip away, and so went their chances for a playoff berth. The 20-18 loss relegates the Mustangs to a "plus-one" game to finish the 2021 season.


October 22, 2021 - 11:03 PM

BURLINGTON — Iola High took a fourth-quarter lead Friday, but a late Burlington score turned into a 20-18 defeat.

The defeat eliminates the Mustangs from Class 3A playoff contention. Iola (2-6) will likely host winless Baxter Springs (0-8) on Thursday in a “plus one” game, although pairings have not been announced.

Meanwhile, Humboldt High’s furious comeback attempt against Osage City was derailed by turnovers. The Cubs committed six turnovers in a 42-30 loss.

Osage City led 42-14 midway through the third quarter before Humboldt scored twice to cut the gap to 12.

But consecutive possessions deep in Osage City territory ended in turnovers to keep the Cubs at bay.

Humboldt (5-3) is expected to open the Class 2A playoffs next week at Pittsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan, although pairings have yet to be announced.

ELSEWHERE, Yates Center (6-2) lost to West Elk, 52-6, and Marmaton Valley dropped a 68-0 decision to Sedan to end the regular season in Kansas Eight Man-I district play. Yates Center will hold the third seed in the playoffs and Marmaton Valley is the fourth seed.

Both will be on the road next week.

Southern Coffey County’s playoff hopes came up short in a 38-22 loss to St. Paul. The Titans will be relegated to a plus-one game next week.

Results from Crest’s tilt against Altoona-Midway were not immediately available.

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