This time around was a little bit closer for the Phillipsburg High School football team.
The result, however, was the same as the Panthers upended Hoisington.
Trey Sides passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Treylan Gross and Nathan Moon each added a rushing score, and the Panthers picked up a 31-14 Class 2A sub-state championship victory, sending Phillipsburg back to a state championship game for the second time in school history.
After a scoreless first quarter in Phillipsburg, Hoisington broke the seal with a 9-yard run by Mason Haxton. The Cardinals had lost 51-21 to the Panthers in October after falling behind 41-0.
After a 68-yard run, though, by Nathan Moon tied things up, the Panthers never trailed again. Jonathan Hunnacutt connected on a 27-yard field goal to give the Panthers the lead, then Trey Sides hit Ty Sides from 22 yards to put the Panthers up 10 before the break.
Wyatt Pedigo scored from 1 yard in the third quarter to pull Hoisington within three, but
back-to-back TDs by Gross put things out of reach. The first came on a 39-yard pass from Trey Sides, the second a 4-yard rushing score.
Gross had 87 yards on 14 carries in addition to the 39-yard catch.
For Hoisington, Pedigo finished with 107 yards on 28 carries as Hoisington capped its season 9-3 — its other loss coming to Class 3A state finalist Pratt.
Phillipsburg, which won Class 2-1A in 2015 against Troy, will face Riley County (10-2) at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Salina District Stadium. Riley County defeated previously unbeaten Humboldt 46-16.
Last year, the two teams hooked up in the 3A playoffs with Phillipsburg capturing a 48-13 first-round win. They also met in the 2016 first round with the Panthers winning 49-27.