The Norton Bluejays are headed to the Class 2A state championship game after knocking off previously unbeaten Hoisington 10-8 on Friday night in Norton.

Luke Wahlmeier knocked in a 33-yard field goal with six seconds remaining to send the Bluejays to the final. Norton (9-3) will face Nemaha Central (10-2) for the championship at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Salina Stadium.

Bluejays quarterback Kade Melvin completed 16 of 25 passes for 209 yards, coming up clutch late to get Norton in field goal position.

All the scoring was done in the fourth quarter. Melvin ran for a 28-yard TD to give the Blue Jays the lead early in the frame. Hoisington answered with an 8-yard run and two-point conversion from Wyatt Pedigo, but the Cardinal defense was unable to stop the Bluejays on the late drive.

Pedigo ended his monster season with 2,354 yards rushing. The Bluejays (9-3) held Pedigo to 102 yards on the ground Friday night.

Melvin ran for 74 yards on 22 carries. Jonah Ruder had four catches for 50 yards.

Norton avenged a 38-7 loss to Hoisington earlier in district play.



At St. Francis, Shadyron Blanka scored seven touchdowns and St. Francis never trailed in its Eight-Man I semifinal victory Friday night over Leoti.

The Indians, 12-0, will face fellow unbeaten Canton-Galva for the championship at 11 a.m. Saturday in Newton. It will be the first game of a doubleheader at Fischer Field.

The game ended on the 45-point rule when Blanka returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown to start the fourth quarter.

Blanka also scored on runs of 42, 5, 9 and 56 yards, had another interception return for 42 yards and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Brady Dinkel. St. Francis led 22-6 after one quarter and stretched it to 36-14 at halftime.



In a game that was postponed a day because of the weather, Osborne rolled past Hutchinson-Central Christian to reach the Eight-Man Division II title game for the second straight year.

The Bulldogs (12-0) will take on Axtell (11-1) in the championship game next Saturday at Fischer Field in Newton.


The Salina Journal contributed to this report.