By Brad Hallier
MULVANE, Kan. – It appears the Buhler defense has figured things out.
After giving up 104 in the first three games, all losses, Buhler has allowed just seven points in the last two games, as the Crusaders have now won back-to-back games after Friday’s 22-7 win at Mulvane.
The win pushed the 2-3 Crusaders into the top eight in the Class 4A West District, which would guarantee a first-round home playoff game.
Buhler didn’t start well, as Mulvane (0-5) took advantage of a Buhler fumble to go ahead 7-0 on a Shannon Fuller 55-yard touchdown catch.
Buhler answered as Jeffrey Neill fired the first of his three touchdown passes, all to Matthew Eddy. The extra-point kick missed, however, and the score didn’t change again for the rest of the half.
Buhler went ahead in the third quarter as Neill booted a 22-yard field goal for a 9-7 lead. He then threw a 65-yard and a 29-yard touchdown pass to Eddy.
Eddy finished with 7 catches for 155 yards and three scores.
Buhler’s offense had some turnover problems again with three, but the defense more than picked up the slack by holding Mulvane to 37 yards rushing and forcing four turnovers.
Buhler next plays at Augusta.