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Buhler Uses Strong Defense, Rushing Game to Upend Great Bend


By Brad Hallier


BUHLER, Kan. – If there was any doubt that Buhler could be a contender in Class 4A this season, those should have been erased Friday night.

Behind a suffocating defense that spent most of the game Friday in the offensive backfield, and a career night from sophomore running back Ben Clouse, Buhler led at halftime and then held on to a 20-14 win over Great Bend.

Great Bend has already beaten McPherson by 13 points this year, and also nearly upended Hays.

Buhler scored the only points of the first half after a Brendan Scripsick interception led to a short field. Clouse punched in a touchdown from 2 yards.

Clouse added a second-half touchdown, and a late muffed punt led to a final Buhler touchdown.

Buhler had 229 rushing yards, compared to just 62 for Great Bend, who had less than 260 yards of offense.

Buhler (2-1), which has only lost to undefeated Andover Central by six, will head to Winfield next week.