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Mulvane wins thriller from Buhler

Published Sep. 14 at 11:08 p.m. | Last updated Sep. 15 at 8:58 a.m.

Mulvane’s game-winning touchdown probably shouldn’t have happened Friday night. Senior quarterback Ty Redington probably should have been sacked behind the line of scrimmage, forcing a fourth-down play.

But when Redington was hit in the left leg by a Buhler defender, Redington didn’t go down. He escaped, ran to his left, looked right, saw receiver Alex Evans get open in the back of the end zone.

The 10-yard completion was the game’s final touchdown as Mulvane beat Buhler 38-34.

It was just one of many impressive plays by Redington, who finished 29 of 39 for 422 yards, four passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and a 39-yard field goal.

The final play, though, he won’t forget.

“That was a great job by our linemen to stay engaged in the whole play,” Redington said. “One (defender) got free, and I got lucky enough to get away. Alex had his head up, and he found an opening for me. It was a great job by him and our (offensive) linemen.”

It was the kind of play Mulvane is used to seeing from Redington.

“Ty just makes things happen,” Mulvane coach Dave Fennewald said. “Whether it’s basketball or football. Kids believe that he’ll put the ball in the end zone. The kids kept their routes. We practice scramble drills where our quarterback as flushed. We’ll have spots on the field we’re supposed to go, and I think we executed a good scramble drill.”

Buhler still had 1:35 remaining, though, and that was plenty of time for the Crusaders, who had responded multiple times.

First-year quarterback Luke Berblinger, who had 223 passing yards, along with two throwing touchdowns and one running, led Buhler to the Mulvane 10 in the final seconds.

He ran for a first down to get to the Mulvane 4 and then, as time ran out, ran for the end zone. He was tackled at the 2.

“Luke did a great job of controlling the offense, especially when we got in the two-minute offense,” Buhler coach Steve Warner said. “He’s upset, but we wouldn’t be in that position unless he led us down the field.”

It was a back-and-forth game, one Fennewald called chaotic.

Mulvane fumbled the game’s opening play. The Wildcats (3-0) then scored two touchdowns in 13 seconds as Redington hit Evans for an 88-yard touchdown pass and then, after a recovered fumble on the kickoff, found Nolan Smith for a 42-yard pass.

Evans finished with 254 receiving yards on 14 receptions and two touchdowns, while Smith had 137 yards and one touchdowns.

Buhler trailed 24-14 at the half, but then scored two straight times in the third to take its first lead at 26-24 when Riley Allen scored on a one-yard run. Allen finished with 110 rushing yards on 28 carries.

“This (win) is a big stepping stone for what we want to accomplish, which would be a state championship,” Redington said. “It’s given us confidence that we can beat the best and maybe be the best.”

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Buhler (2-1)7712834

M – Evans 88 pass from Redington (miss kick)

M – Smith 42 pass from Redington (Evans pass from Redington)

B—Allen 2 run (Perry kick)

M – Dempsey 13 pass from Redington (Redington kick)

B – Perry 20 pass from Berblinger (Perry kick)

M – Redington 39 FG

B – Berblinger 3 run (miss kick)

B – Allen 1 run (miss kick)

M – Redington 47 run (Redington kick)

B – Keeler 4 pass from Berblinger (Perry pass from Berblinger)

M – Evans 10 pass from Redington (Redington kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing – Mulvane, Redington 11-77, Mason 5-9, Rieger 2-(-1). Buhler, Allen 28-110, Berblinger 12-32, Perry 5-25, Davidson 5-22.

Passing – Mulvane, Redington 29-39-422-0. Buhler, Berblinger 12-19-223-0, Allen 1-1-43-0.

Receiving – Mulvane, Evans 14-254, Smith 12-143, Dempsey 2-17, Bell 1-8. Buhler, Schmidt 7-162, Keeler 4-58, Allen 1-26, Perry 1-20.