The rematch is Friday.
Lone Tree’s football team grabbed another shot at unbeaten and ranked Montezuma by defeating Winfield-Mt. Union in the opening round of the eight-player playoffs last Friday.
Junior quarterback Cade Shield ran for three touchdowns and passed for two scores in the Lions’ 66-36 victory. Senior running back Alex Viner ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns as Lone Tree totaled its highest points total of the season.
Their reward is a second-round playoff game at Montezuma at 7 p.m. Friday.
Two weeks ago in Montezuma, the Lions fell to the Braves, 62-24. Montezuma did not play last week because of a first-round bye.
“We are excited to get another opportunity to play Montezuma,” Lone Tree head coach Aaron Bohr said. “They are a really good football team and they have a ton of talent. We will have to be at our best to beat them, but as I’ve told this team before, we are more than capable of playing our best on any given night.”
Montezuma is one of the highest-powered teams in the state. The Braves have topped 50 points five times this season.
Junior quarterback Eddie Burgess is No. 1 in the state with more than 3,000 total-purpose yards. He has passed for 1975 yards and 32 touchdowns, and run for 891 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Burgess passed for 326 yards and five touchdowns against Lone Tree on Oct. 9, but the Lions intercepted him twice.
“We were fortunate to play Montezuma earlier because it gave us an opportunity to see what worked and what didn’t and we will use that knowledge in our preparation,” Bohr said.
The Lions showed off their offense against Winfield-Mt. Union, totaling 351 yards, including 215 on the ground. Viner averaged more than eight yards a carry.
Lone Tree trailed 36-28 at halftime, but scored 38 unanswered points in the second half to walk away with the win. Freshman running back Cam Buffington of WMU ran for three touchdowns in the first half, but was shut down after that. He rushed 26 times for 112 yards.
“We made some adjustments at the break and our team was a lot more aggressive, especially on defense,” Bohr said. “Cade Shield played his best offensive game of the year and our blocking was incredible all night.”
Lone Tree junior receiver Cade Patterson caught six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, and also recovered a fumble on defense.
Lone Tree senior linebacker Will Hotz had a game-high 12 tackles.
LONE TREE 66, WMU 36
LIONS STAT LEADERS
RUSHING: Alex Viner, 13 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs; Cade Shield, 15-87, 3 TDs; Levi Sotzen, 5-15; Will Hotz, 2-3, 1 TD.
PASSING: Shield, 10-of-14, 136 yards, 2 TDs.
RECEIVING: Cade Patterson, 6 catches, 72 yards, 1 TD; Tyler Bell, 2-32, 1 TD; Viner, 2-32.
DEFENSE: Hotz, 12 tackles; Patterson, 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery; Shield, 9 tackles.